Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sugar-Free Holidays

If you have a diabetic person in your household – as I do – it sometimes becomes difficult to prepare foods especially for them. Of course, they have to count carbs, but also keep sugar to a minimum.

Sugar helps to brown foods, and when using sugar substitutes the end result may not be the same. The substitutes work well in savory foods and in foods that don’t require browning.  However, I’ve found the Splenda website (http://www.splenda.com) to be a good resource when it comes to recipes for baked products.

These cookies turned out very nicely – flavorful and tender. The recipe was on the Splenda website.

SUGAR-FREE SUGAR COOKIES

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated Splenda
2 tablespoons milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and shortening at low speed. Add Splenda and mix well. Beat in milk, egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt.

Roll into 1” balls with floured hands. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten with back of spoon.

Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Store airtight.

Notes:

I didn’t have self-rising flour, so I used this substitution:
In 1-cup measuring cup place 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fill to top with all-purpose flour and level off. Makes 1 cup. The original recipe called for 3/4 teaspoon salt, but I cut that amount back a bit due to the salt in this mixture.
 
I plan to put a bit of frosting on the cookies, and found this recipe:

SUGAR-FREE COOKIE GLAZE

1 1/2 cups Splenda
1/4 cup cornstarch

Blend well. Stir in 5 teaspoons water and mix till smooth.

Of course, all the other recipes I’ve used this year are full-sugar! My baking efforts have not been as great as in past years – only 5 different batches, for a total of 21 dozen. The candy has not been made yet. And the only cake I’ve done is the Sour Cream Coffeecake that I make every year for Christmas Day breakfast. I may be running out of time! Are you? As I try to tell myself every Christmas, “If it doesn’t get done, it didn’t need to be done!”
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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
(Calvin Coolidge)

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
(Norman Vincent Peale)
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