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Peppermint Crush Cookies

No recipe image available.Reduced-calorie peppermint candy-flavored cookies for the holidays.

Recipe Ingredients:

Cookie:
2/3 cup light butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cup Splenda® Granular
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Filling:
1 (8-ounce) package fat free cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup Splenda® Granular

Garnish:
30 hard sugar free peppermint candies, very finely crushed

Cooking Directions:

  1. Blend together butter, melted chocolate, and Splenda® Granular in a medium sized mixing bowl. Blend well. Add egg substitute and mint extract. Mix briefly. Add remaining ingredients. Mix using low speed (or by hand) until dough is formed. Do Not over mix.
  2. Remove dough from bowl and divide in half. Chill dough in refrigerator 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Roll out chilled dough on a floured work surface. Roll dough slightly less than 1/4-inch thick (dough puffs slightly while baking). Cut dough into small one- inch circles. Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.
  4. Blend filling ingredients together. Set aside.
  5. Sandwich the cookies with 3/4 teaspoon filling. Press together lightly. Spread any excess filling from the interior of the cookie around the outside of each cookie. This will help the crushed peppermint candies stick to the outside of the cookies.
  6. Roll cookies in crushed peppermint candies, so that the sides of each cookie are completely coated. Chill until ready to serve.

Makes 66 cookies.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 cookie): Total Calories 33, Calories from Fat 15, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 45 mg, Total Carbohydrate 4 g, Dietary Fiber 0.23 g, Sugars 0 g, Protein 1 g, Vitamin A 2%, Calcium 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Iron 2%.

Dietary Exchanges: Carbohydrate 1 Fat 1.

Recipe courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at www.splenda.com.