Best Christmas Cookies

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Best Christmas Cookies

SWEETENERS

If you are wondering why I use the sweeteners that I do, please listen to this great podcast of a Doctor discussing why these sweeteners are a better choice that honey, coconut sugar or maple syrup, click HERE to listen. 

Sweetener Tips

My recipes will call for Swerve or erythritol and stevia glycerite. In any recipe you can use Swerve, ZSweet, Truvia, Organic Zero, Xylitol or Just Like Sugar. In order to use a different product, use the same amount of sweetener for the amount of erythritol in the recipe and omit the stevia (except for Organic Zero, that is only erythritol and you will still need stevia for sweetness).

 

1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Swerve (measures cup for cup like sugar)

1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup ZSweet

1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Xylitol

1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Just Like Sugar

1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Organic Zero and 1 tsp stevia

Best Christmas Cookies
More Tips and Recipes like this in The Art of Healthy Eating: Kids

Glycemic Index of Sweeteners

Stevia Glycerite = 0
Erythritol = 0
SWERVE/ZSWEET = 0
JUST LIKE SUGAR = 0
Xylitol = 7
Maple Syrup = 54
Honey = 62
Table Sugar = 68
High Fructose Corn Syrup = 100

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“HEALTHIFIED” CHRISTMAS COOKIES

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup confectioners Swerve
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp extract (orange/lemon/vanilla/almond)
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
Crushed pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and the cream cheese for 1 minute. Add the natural sweetener and the baking powder and continue mixing until creamy. Add the egg, extract and salt and mix again. Stir in the flours, drop the dough onto a greased piece of parchment, roll into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Roll the log in the crushed nuts and then wrap each in a piece of parchment and chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. Remove the parchment and cut the log into 1 centimeter thick cookies. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Makes 24 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cookies = 159 calories, 10g fat, 2.8g protein, 23.6g carbs, 0.6g fiber (23 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Cookies = 115 calories, 10g fat, 2.8g protein, 2.8g carbs, 1.4g fiber (1.4 effective carbs)

Best Christmas Cookies

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