Friday, February 4, 2011
50 Calorie Cranberry-Orange Cookies
Recipes are like breast implants. You can't honestly accept compliments if they're not yours.
I literally cannot make a recipe without changing, tweaking or modifying it. Anyone can follow a recipe, but where's the fun in that? So, I adapted these cookies to my liking. Actually, that's not true. I had an idea for a cookie, found a recipe that had the right proportions of ingredients for the type of cookie I wanted to produce, and switched up the ingredients to my liking. And they turned out great! Not to mention, they're only 50 calories a piece! These cookies are chewy, perfectly sweet and filled with flavor. I made them more nutritious by replacing butter with ricotta cheese and swapping half of the white flour with whole wheat. This is the original recipe . As you can tell, I switched the recipe up quite a bit. And here it is:
50 Calories Cranberry Orange Cookies
Makes 30 cookies
1/3 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup minus 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
3/4 cup minus 2 tablespoons white flour
1/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries) finely chopped plus 30
1/2 cup powdered sugar + extra
1/4 cup orange juice + extra
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon orange zest + extra
1/16 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300. Cover 2 cookie sheets with non-stick foil.
In a large bowl, use a whisk to cream ricotta cheese and sugar. Spoon flour into measuring cups and level. In a medium bowl combine flour, cranberries, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to ricotta and sugar. Beat until just combined. Mix in orange juice, orange zest and ginger until moistened. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Once chilled, roll dough into 30 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets and lightly press with a fork. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool.
If desired, create a thick icing with orange juice and powdered sugar. Top each cookie with a dollop of icing, a pinch of orange zest and one craisin. Store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!