Sometime around November, the baking bug really kicks in. I love to bake year round, but with Thanksgiving, Christmas and then my son Sebby’s birthday in January my kitchen sees a fair amount of action. Which isn’t necessarily good for ones waistline.
I’ve heard about using Stevia as an alternative sweetener for baking but I’ve always been a little apprehensive. I haven’t been a fan of it in my tea, so I hadn’t given it a go. I was introduced to C&H® Light Sugar & Stevia Blend and thought I’d give it a go using one of their own basic sugar cookie recipes.
I’ve been wanting to really put the sweetener to the test, so as soon as the cooties are gone from our house, I think I’m going to tackle some pecan pralines or similar – I’m curious as to how this blend handles high heat. If it’s successful, I think we have a real winner!
I was delightfully surprised. The end result was a yummy cookie that wasn’t overly sweet and had good flavor even without sprinkles or frosting (And of course I added sprinkles!!)
1.) Please use real butter when you bake. Margarine is just yuck.
2.) Roll out your cookies thinner than recommended, otherwise the cookie is a little dense.
3.) Use parchment paper. You’ll thank me for this one.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or
1/2 cup C&H® Light Sugar & Stevia Blend
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
C&H® Powdered Sugar , for dusting
In large bowl, beat butter and Light Sugar & Stevia Blend with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla; beat until just incorporated. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into butter mixture; mix until blended. Divide dough in half and shape into two discs, wrapping each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until firm.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease or line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Remove one disc at a time from refrigerator. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thick; cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer onto cookie sheet; bake 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly browned. Cool 15 minutes on cookie sheet, then remove cookies onto wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ or powdered sugar.
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