Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bring on the Sweets

The Super Bowl gathering is one of the biggest calorie fests of the year for many Americans. Desserts are an important part of the buffet so I sought out recipes that are lower in fat content but still satisfy your "sweet tooth" cravings. 

A tray of fresh fruits served with angel food cake slices
 Angel food cake and fruit kabobs
Classic-Fudge Walnut Brownies

Cook's notes:Unsweetened cocoa lowers the fat content in this recipe. To ensure a nice fudgy texture take care not to overbake. 
recipe from Cooking Light Magazine September 2011
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/3 cup fat free milk
  • 6 TB. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • optional 1/2 tsp. espresso powder (deepens the flavor of the chocolate)
Directions:
  • Preheat oven 350
  • Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt)
  • Combine 1/2 cup chocolate pieces with milk, microwave at high 1 minute, stir after 30 seconds
  • Sir in butter, vanilla, eggs and whisk
  • Add to milk mixture,adding in 1/2 cup chocolate pieces and 1/4 cup nuts
  • Stir till mixed and spread batter in 9 inch pan 
  • Sprinkle other 1/4 cup nuts on top press gently into batter
  • Bake 19 minutes, cool in pan on a wire rack 
Citrus-Drizzled Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Cook's notes: Coarsely chopped macadamia nuts can be added to batter. For even a more healthier ingredient option use 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. For easier clean up use line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Change the paper after each batch. Recipes makes 3 dozen cookies. 
recipe from Cooking Light Magazine December 2006
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking  oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp, baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1-1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries or cherries
Glaze
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered
  • 3 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp.grated orange rind
Directions Cookies:
  • Combine flour, oats,baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a bowl
  • In another bowl beat brown sugar, white sugar, egg and vanilla
  • Gradually add egg mixture to flour mixture, add in cranberries, beat on low until combined
  • Chill dough and then shape into balls (1-1/2- 2 inch)
  • Place cookie balls 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet  and bake at 350 degrees 13-15 minutes
  • Let sit on baking sheet 2 minutes and cool cookies n a wire rack 
Directions Glaze:  
  • Combine ingredients and mix on low until well combined
  • Spoon mixture into a small zip loc bag with one corner snipped
  • Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and drizzle glaze over cookies

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