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Ginger.. err I mean… Cinnamon Cookies! January 13, 2010

Filed under: Cookies,Snacks — flyingbubble @ 11:50 am
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My mom likes ginger snaps and my granddad really likes ginger snaps (my mom’s dad) so when I saw ginger cookies in my Weight Watchers cookbook I just had to try the recipe.  I carefully followed the instructions and evenly measured each dough ball to get exactly 16 cookies.  Despite my efforts, when the timer went off, my mom pulled a tray of partially black rock hard burnt cookies from the oven.  Even more disappointing was the fact that I had used the last of our ground ginger on that batch.  Eager to clear the “black mark” from my baking record, I decided to try the recipe again.  We have a large container of ground cinnamon so batch 2 became cinnamon cookies.  This time I did everything the same except I watched the cookies like a hawk while in the oven.  The recipe had called for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, which seems like overkill considering most cookies bake for about 10 min in a 350 degree oven.  This time I pulled the cookies at 10 minutes and they were crisp on the bottom but not burnt! 🙂 yay. They’re actually really tasty and only 69 calories a piece.  Next time, I’d like to try baking them at 350 and see if I can get a more even browning.  Here’s the recipe, it’s quick and only makes sixteen 69 calorie cookies so its not as damaging to your diet if you can’t help nibbling on them.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup margarine

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons honey

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger (or cinnamon)

1/8 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; place over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until margarine melts.

2.  Combine flour, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl; add margarine mixture, stirring well.

3.  Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.  Yield: 16 cookies (1 per serving)

NUTRITION FACTS: 69 calories, 10.1 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, .2 g fiber, .7 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 4 mg calcium

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Diet Soda Baked Apples October 25, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,Dessert,Snacks,Vegetarian — flyingbubble @ 7:07 pm
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Before departing on the trip to my lovely new home in Pensacola, I visited my sponsor family in Annapolis is say goodbye.  They gave me some glass lock storage containers (which have been awesome for storing my leftover foods) and a wonderful appetizer serving dish which I haven’t been able to use yet.  We’re planning to have a dinner party soon so I’ll finally get to break it out!  On a side note, I found out that if you place one glass lock container inside the other… there is a pretty strong possibility that they will get stuck together!  I was trying to conserve packing space and managed to get two of them stuck! We tried cold water on the inside one and hot water on the outside one with no luck.  We tried brute force but didn’t want to crack the glass just to separate them.  We tried soaking them in soapy water for days right side up and up side down.  I was not present for the final separation but somehow my roommate was able to pry them apart!  Thankfully, I still have a fully functional set of containers.  The point of this explanation is that while I was visiting my sponsors they had just picked apples from an orchard and offered some to me.  I grabbed a couple of HUGE cooking apples. I’m not sure what type they were. Its hard to tell when they don’t have a cute little grocery store sticker with the name right on it.  I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect way to use them as I’m not a huge fan of apple pie.  I was flipping through my Hungry Girl cookbook today (shocker… I know… you’d think I didn’t own any other books).  I found a recipe for baked apples.  It seemed super simple too, just some diet soda, cinnamon and splenda.  So I baked them this morning and they were awesome!! Well worth the 45 minutes wait.  Plus, the apples were so big we still have 3 pieces left.  I had to cut them into pieces to fit in the pan, normally you would want to keep them hole and just choose smaller sized apples.  Here’s the recipe, just in time for fall season, so you can cook these at home.

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“Bestest Baked Apples”

INGREDIENTS:

4 medium Rome apples

1 can diet black cherry soda

1/2 no calorie sweetner packet

Dash of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Core apples.  Place in a casserole dish. Pour the entire can of soda over apples.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sweetener over apples.  Place dish in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender.  Serve warm, hot or cold. MAKES 4 SERVINGS.

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PER SERVING: 72 calories, <0.5g fat, 10mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, 0g protein

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