I decided to try something a little different this holiday. Not that these cookies are anything spectacular or mind-blowing, but it was something different for me.
Instead of making plain, boring sugar cookies, I decided to experiment. I added a package of mint chips to the mix, and made mint chip sugar cookies. They turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. And, they were a hit with the office gang, and on Christmas Day with the family.
1. Bananas Foster: I am not a huge fan of bananas but pour some rum on top and I am there. I gobble away faster than you can figure out how many a’s are in the word banana.
I first discovered these wonderful cookies when I was in junior high school. Our neighbors across the street from us had kids my brother’s and my ages, and we spent a lot of time at each other’s homes. Our friends’ mother always had these cookies in the cookie jar.
Meringue is a sweet, low-fat treat made of egg whites and sugar. Meringue is best known as pie topping and candy, but it makes a great cookie as well. Making a good meringue can be tricky.
Tips for making meringue:
Eggs should be cold and fresh.
Separate the eggs making sure there is no trace of yolk in the whites when separated.
Bring egg whites to room temperature prior to beating.
It is important to not under beat the egg whites. Use an electric mixer for best results. Beaten egg whites should form a stiff peak when making a proper meringue. It is equally important not to over beat the egg whites. Over beating can cause the meringue to spread and flatten when baking.
These tasty, low-fat cookies are easy to make, and are sure to be a hit with your family.
Not too long ago, however, I was introduced to several different rice desserts. Really? Rice for dessert? At first, I was sickened by the thought, but being a lover of anything sweet, I decided to try out some of these treats. And boy, was I surprised. They were actually tasty, and quite easy to make! Now whenever the budget is tight, but I am craving something sweet, I whip up one of these concoctions.
Sick of cookies? Wanna indulge? Try one of these for your next holiday celebration.
1. Cheesecake: I admit that I am a cheesecake snob. If it’s not mine, it better be from Carnegie Deli in NYC. That’s just how I roll. No fruit. No sour cream goo spread on top. Everyone has their own preference though and what better time to have a friendly debate than a family get-together, right?!
I tried tons of chocolate chip cookie recipes before finding a winner on AllRecipes.com. My friends swear they taste just like the cookies you get at Mrs. Field's. Hey, works for me.
These delicious cookies also make for a great gift whether it is around the holidays or simply because you want to say thank you. Just place in a decorative air tight container, put a bow on it and you have a memorable gift.
The way I have decided to do this is to indulge in those little, delicious holiday treats when at a friend’s house or at a gathering, but to make (or buy) my own healthy holiday desserts to enjoy after a dinner at home. Moderation is the key to anything, and when enjoying healthy desserts at home, I can make room for those delicious, full-fat and high-calorie desserts when at a party or holiday dinner. Here are some of my favorite healthy, holiday desserts: