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Ask anyone in my family what cookie they have to have during the holidays, and every one of them will answer peanut butter kiss cookies. Some of you may know them as peanut blossoms, but we’ve always called them peanut butter kiss cookies in our family. Forget the sugar cookies and gingerbread, we want some peanut butter and chocolate at our holiday parties! Okay, to be honest, I want peanut butter and chocolate year-round.
One of the really tough parts of the holiday season is not eating too many calories. For me, those extra calories are usually coming from all of the sweets I eat. But, I’m not alone. I recently found out that the average American eats more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Okay. Think about that. Picture 22 teaspoons filled with sugar lined up on your counter. That is crazy! That is more than triple the recommended amount of sugar for women and more than double the recommended amount for men!
I love me some sweets, so I need to start thinking of ways to reduce my sugar intake; therefore reducing my calorie intake. This is one time I want to be one of those below average Americans. Yea for underachievers!
Sweet Swaps™ Ideas
We’ve all heard of SPLENDA® before but have you heard of their Sweet Swaps™ Ideas? They are all about making smarter decisions for a healthy lifestyle. Like swapping full sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in order to save calories. For example, if you swap one cup of sugar for one cup of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, you can save over 600 calories.
Once I heard about this, I knew I wanted to try some of their products with my holiday baking. What did I think of first? Peanut butter kiss cookies of course! I headed over to Walmart to see what SPLENDA® Sweetener Products they carried. They had them all! I picked up some SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend and the rest of my cookie ingredients.
Lower Calorie Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie Recipe
These classic cookies are made lower calorie using SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend!
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter
- 1/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ~ 60 chocolate kisses
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In a bowl mix together first 6 ingredients.
- Sift the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl.
- Add peanut butter mixture to the flour & baking soda.
- Mix everything until it forms a dough.
- Put some extra granulated sugar in a small bowl.
- Roll 1 inch balls of dough and coat with sugar in the small bowl.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and repeat.
- Bake for 7 minutes and remove from oven.
- Add an unwrapped chocolate kiss to each cookie pressing down slightly.
- Put back in the oven for 3 minutes.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for a minute or two and then remove with spatula to finish cooling on the counter or on a cooling rack.
You have many options to make these even lower calorie: * Swap out granulated sugar for SPLENDA® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener or SPLENDA® Sugar Blend * Opt to not roll dough in sugar before baking. * Swap out butter for a lower calorie butter substitute. * Swap out the egg for egg substitute.
If you do one of these swaps and keep regular brown sugar, you will need 1/2 cup.
Now that I have tried making these cookies with SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, and found how good they tasted, I want to try making them again and using the other SPLENDA® products! I am going to head over to Walmart and pick up more in the baking aisle…
I also have so many other holiday baking to do and I am definitely going to make them with fewer calories using the SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. Want more baking ideas? Check out the Sweet Swaps™ Ideas site.
What holiday recipe will you be using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in?