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Looking to bake up a whole mass of cookies, bars, mixed nuts and what not again this Christmas to give to family and friends. I like to go with lower fat, healthier versions of baked goods if at all possible. Care to share your favorite recipes?<br><br>
Many thanks!
 

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I am getting 26 days of cookies emailed to me from the Food Network. If anything fits the healthier version, I will pass it along. So far, nothing does.
 

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I don't have a favorite recipe for them, but meringues certainly fit the bill. They're fat free and tasty; if you're going to ship them, just don't bake them too, too long.
 

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I just spent a day in the kitchen with my aunt. She showed me her trick to reduce fat in cookies:<br><br>
- instead of 2 sticks of butter in a cookie recipe, she uses 1 stick and substitutes a 1/2 cup of canola oil<br><br>
- for recipes with raisins or cranberries, she reduces the sugar by 1/2 cup (from 1.5 cups, to 1 cup sugar) because the raisins or cranberries add sweetness.<br><br>
Would the full quantity of butter and sugar make for more tasty cookies? Sure, but I did not complain with the outcome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Did you try Cooking Light? They always have good suggestions. I'm in the same boat and haven't had time yet to look anything up. If I get time tonight I will post what I find. LF/LS baking is tricky, you almost never get the same taste or texture as you do with traditional recipes, I've found. Adequate moisture is the key, especially if you substitute WW pastry flour for the white.
 

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I picked up the latest issue of Cooking Light and plan to try out some of the recipes in the two coming weekends ...will let you know what I end up making and how it comes out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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