Whether you are currently watching your weight or simply trying to manage your health over the holidays, replacing a favorite recipe with a health-conscious version is a smart idea. For a diet-friendly cookie solution, you can replace sugar with stevia. Not only does the flavor stay sweet, but you can also worry less about savoring your favorite holiday meals when your dessert is healthier than usual.
Simple Stevia S Cookies
When I was growing up, my mom always made the best Italian cookies for Christmas. My favorite cookies (then and still today) are her S cookies, which I loved that she mailed me when I started spending the holidays away from her home. This year for the first time, I decided to make a sweeter, vanilla-flavored version of the cookies for the holidays.
A Twist On A Classic Italian Favorite
Although I grew up eating traditional S cookies, I wanted to make something that had a wider appeal. Usually what you find with the traditional cookies is that they have a tart, almond flavoring, and some don’t have the sweet icing. Since many people prefer super sweet cookies when they are indulging over the holidays, I came up with a version that keeps the unique S shape but adds a sweeter flavor.
To make a lower calorie version, you can use SweetLeaf Sweet Drops, a natural sweetener that comes in a Vanilla Creme Flavor. I replaced 3/4 cup of sugar with only 3/4 teaspoon of liquid concentrate for a small, guilt-free batch that you and your family can devour in one day. Then, you don’t have to worry about snacking on cookies incessantly over the holidays, since they’ll be gone.
When you make the cookies, they have a sweet, vanilla flavor that is different from the traditional almond flavor. I liked the vanilla. Since it has been years since I had a traditional S cookie, I didn’t have the traditional version to compare it to so I could decide which one I liked more.
Now, you still have to indulge a little to make the powdered sugar frosting and for the sprinkles. I have seen stevia powdered sugar in the store, but since I didn’t have any on hand, the below picture shows what the recipe looks like with regular powdered sugar.
This recipe makes a delicious cookie! I liked using the stevia not only to add sweetener, but also to add flavor. Having flavored sweetener is convenient and tasty. Although the traditional S cookie is spectacular, this was a nice modern version that can appeal to people who aren’t accustomed to eating Italian cookies.
Simple Stevia S Cookies Recipe
To come up with my recipe, I used my mom’s original recipe, but I cut the recipe size into one-third of what she called for, and then I substituted the sugar for the stevia.
- 3/4 tsp. SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Vanilla Crème Sweet Drops™
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 Tbsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- Red and green sprinkles
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix baking soda and milk. In a separate bowl, mix margarine with Sweet Drops™. Add the eggs, baking soda, milk, and flour. Mix and refrigerate for one hour.
Knead and roll the dough, making S-shaped cookies. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.
Mix all the frosting ingredients, except the sprinkles. When the cookies have completely cooled, brush frosting onto the cookies. Add the sprinkles before the frosting dries.
- Calories: 219
- Carbs: 32g
- Fats: 9g
- Protein: 5g
- Sodium: 409mg
- Sugar: 9g
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