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.
These treats are perfect for folks who like both chocolate and vanilla cookies because it gives then the best of both worlds" They're an appealing addition to any cookie tray. and they're usually the first to disappear.
Graham cracker cookie cups brim with a luscious peppermint-milk chocolate filling, sweet marshmallow creme and crushed peppermint candies. Santa (and his elves) will look forward to these! —Edwina Gadsby, Hayden, Idaho
Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time at all when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats. To create them, our kitchen staff followed a scrumptious cookie recipe from Jill Boruff of Soap Lake, Washington and formed Santas with heart-shaped cookie cutters.Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington
I came up with this recipe a few years ago and have shared it with many people. I would often snack on these treats after my baby's middle-of-the-night feeding. —Sheila Kerr, Revelstoke, British Columbia
Smile-producing Ice Cream Sandwiches end this fast feast. "You need just two ingredients for these frosty treats," Lynn says.
The cookies can bake while you work on the rest of the meal, then assemble the sandwiches and pop them in the freezer until it's time for dessert.
As rosy pink as Santa's cheeks, these merry meringue cookies are drizzled with dark chocolate and almost too pretty to eat. Pecans add a nice crunch to these chewy treats. They lend a "berry" festive touch to my Christmas cookie tray.
These cookies are a real hoot, and they taste as good as they look. Each fall, it was a tradition for my Grandma to bake batches of Owl Cookies. The sweets were so tasty that we'd beg her to make them before the leaves had even begun turning. —Liz Clemons, Sumter, South Carolina