Monday, December 29, 2008

Cookie Cutouts

Santa brought a nice red silicone rolling pin and left it in my stocking for me. Just in time as I was tweaking this cookie recipe. Real cookies!

Cookie Cutouts (Level 1 Carbo)

1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup amber agave nectar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar substitute (I use Whey Low Gold)
1/4 cup Promise fat free margarine

Sift the dry ingredients, flour through salt, into a small bowl. Set aside.

Warm the agave nectar in the microwave**. Cream the agave nectar, brown sugar substitute and margarine in a mixing bowl until well blended, about 3 minutes. Mix in the dry ingredients on medium speed. Dough will be stiff. Allow to sit in bowl for 4 minutes.

Remove the dough, press into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. Line 2 cookie/baking sheets with parchment paper.

Lightly flour your work surface so cookies will not stick. Roll the dough out evenly to about 1/4". Using your favorite cookie cutters cut out cookies to desired shapes. Pull up the uncut/unused dough and refrigerate while you put the cookies on the prepared cookie sheets. Use a spatula to pick up the cookies and place on the cookie sheets, leaving about 1" space between cookies.

Take the reserved dough out of the refrigerator, reroll, cut and use spatula to put on cookie sheets. Continue until all the dough is used.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, rotate the cookie sheets after 4 minutes to ensure even cooking. Cookies will be golden brown when done.

Remove from oven and using spatula remove to wire racks to cool.

This will make up to 2 dozen cookies, depending on size.

They are also good with sugar glaze or icing.

**I warm the agave nectar as this helps when working with whole wheat flours.

P.S. I really like the silicone rolling pin. It was light weight and very easy to use. The cookies also did not stick as much as with a regular rolling pin. They usually run around $35.00, this one was $12.99 at Ross.

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