Super Low-Calorie Christmas Cookie Recipe!

Super Low-Calorie Christmas Cookie Recipe!

It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without cookies. When I was growing up, my mom and I would labor in the kitchen for hours, crafting beautiful, delicious little cookies to give to family and friends. Gingerbread men, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter fudge, oatmeal raisin cookies….the list goes on.

When you’re a kid, calories aren’t on your radar — so it’s easy to guiltlessly indulge in Christmas cookies without thinking about whether or not they’ll prevent you from squeezing into your skinny jeans. But as an adult, we worry about both our figures and our health. This can make it hard to enjoy eating confections that you know are loaded with fat, sugar and calories.

Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge. But I’ve found healthier ways to do it.

Last Christmas, I went on a quest to find a healthy (well, healthier) cookie recipe that was both tasty and cookie-exchange worthy. After trying out several different recipes and modifications, I found a keeper. I love these little merengue cookies —  they melt in your mouth and they’re super easy to make. The best part: each of these babies is just 11 calories! You can barely even call that an indulgence!

Enjoy!

315248Peppermint Merengues (yields 56 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 crushed peppermint candy canes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites, vinegar and salt to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar while continuing to whip until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Fold in 1/3 of the crushed candy canes, reserving the rest. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, one inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle remaining crushed candy canes over the top.

Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, or until dry.  Cool on baking sheets.

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 2.7 g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: .1 g

 

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