Pat Doctor of Cocoa, Florida loves these coconutty cookies, but because she is watching her cholesterol, she asked us to help her lighten this recipe. Our Test Kitchen staff came up with trimmed down treats that have two-thirds the calories, half the fat and just a quarter of the saturated fat of the original.--Taste of Home's Test Kitchen
To reduce the fat, they replaced the shortening with about half the amount of butter, substituted two egg whites for one of the eggs and used only half the peanut butter, substituting the reduced-fat variety. They also cut the amount of chocolate chips in half and switched to miniature chips so they would be better distributed in the dough. They cut back on the amount of sugar in the original recipe, too. And finally, they added a bit of cornstarch to keep the cookie's melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Our home economists accepted Janice Perdue's challenge to slim down both the cake and frosting for this tried-and-true treat. The Oroville, California baker was delighted with this revamped recipe that serves 113 fewer calories, almost half the cholesterol and 10 less grams of fat.—Taste of Home's Test Kitchen
This makeover recipe is a winner! Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, it's taller than the original cake but weighs in with just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and 187 fewer calories per piece. And if you ask us, that's sweet success no matter how you slice it.—Shirley Dellinger, Elwood, Indiana
Our kitchen crew used a little less sugar, brown sugar and butter, then added buttermilk to replace some of the moisture in this classic dessert remake.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Replacing the shortening with a small amount of oil and some applesauce, and substituted two egg whites for one of the eggs. Even though butter is used instead of shortening ind the topping to retain the from-scratch flavor, this cake still has less fat calories and cholesterol than the original version.—Carolyn Nicholas, Winter Springs, Florida
Using fat-free cream cheese, reduced-fat peanut butter, skim milk and fat-free frozen whipped topping, they trimmed down the fat in this fabulous pie. It is every bit as mouthwatering as the original version.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin