Many Canadians enjoy baking during the holidays, but we are often concerned about eating too much sugar. Now there is an easy way to enjoy these treats and also reduce your sugar intake. By substituting the sugar ingredient in your recipes with the new Truvia Baking Blend (a combination of sugar with a stevia-based calorie-free sweetener) you can obtain delicious baked goods with 75 per cent fewer calories per serving, as compared to standard recipes.
Reduced Sugar Gingerbread Cookies
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
• 1⁄4 tsp baking powder
• 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
• 1⁄2 cup Truvía Baking Blend
• 2 tsp ground ginger
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 3⁄4 tsp ground cloves
• 1⁄2 tsp finely ground pepper
• 3⁄4 tsp coarse salt
• 1 large egg
• 1⁄2 cup molasses
• Icing and decorations (optional)
1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Place the butter and Truvía blend in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, blend on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then egg and molasses. Add flour mixture, mix until just combined. Divide dough into thirds, wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.
3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Roll out dough on a clean work surface to 1⁄4-inch thick. Using a 4 1⁄2-inch gingerbread man–shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies, and place on a baking sheet, at least 1-inch apart. Refrigerate until cold.
4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake cookies until crisp but not dark, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire rack.
5. If you are using icing and decorations, decorate cookies and then set aside so icing hardens.
Makes 2 dozen gingerbread men.
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For more holiday dessert ideas, have a look at our favorite cheesecake recipes!