This post was made in partnership with Stevia In The Raw®. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
I have teamed up with Stevia In The Raw® one more time to bring you some lightened-up tasty Christmas cookies.. Yes..we all know that time of year is coming and lots of people like to get a head start on baking cookies.. Christmas and cookies just go hand in hand don’t they? I mean after all, they are Santa’s favorite!
I like a traditional shortbread cookie but I knew I needed to lighten them up to be Weight Watcher friendly, and using the Stevia In The Raw® to replace half the sugar helped bring these sweet jam shortbread cookies to only 2 smart points each..
Stevia In The Raw® is a zero-calorie sweetener made from the extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant, and is perfect for all baking and cooking needs. Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag measures cup for cup with sugar, so it can easily be used in any of your favorite recipes to reduce sugar and calories. No conversion from sugar is necessary, as Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag is formulated so that 1 cup has the same sweetness as 1 cup of sugar. When using Stevia In The Raw® for baking recipes, it is recommended that you only replace about half the sugar in order to achieve the proper browning, rising and caramelizing that only sugar can provide. Up to 700 calories can be saved for every cup of sugar that is swapped out for Stevia In The Raw®. Bake some of these delicious shortbread cookies for your holiday party, everyone will love them!
- 1 cup light butter (I used Gay Lea light) must be at room temperature
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1¾ cup flour
- 4-5 Tbsp no sugar added jam (I used raspberry and wildberry)
- 2 Tbsp icing sugar (confectionery sugar) with a drop of water for icing (optional)
- Using an electric mixer beat together your butter (must be room temp) sugar, stevia and vanilla.
- Turn mixer on low and slowly add in your flour.
- Shape dough into a ball and wrap with saran wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper (I also used a little cooking spray)
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet, using finger press down into balls to form a small indent in cookie, the dough might crack slightly and that is ok.
- Place a very small amount (about ¼ tsp) of jam into each cookie, do not put too much or you will end up with messy cookies.. For those interested I also made a few using nutella, I am not sure if the points would change, I did not figure that out, but as an option you can change your center filling.
- Bake cookies for approx 15 minutes or until edges are a golden brown.
- Coll on tray, optional to pipe with a little icing drizzle
- Makes 36 cookies at 2 freestyle smart points each (2PP, old WW program) *please note, I use my fitness pal as well as the WW recipe builder, sometimes the numbers do not match, the WW recipe builder gave me 2SP per cookie, but the nutritional info from MYP gave me 3SP per cookie, could come down to product used.. I am pointing them out based on the WW app..
- Nutritional info per cookie.. Calories 72...Fat 4.1g...Sat fat 1.7g...Carbs 7.2g...Fiber 0.2g...Sugars 2.9g...Protein 0.7g (numbers does not incl icing drizzle as that is optional)