Food Blogger Cookie Heaven!

That’s right, I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011, and while I am very unhappy to say that the cookies shipped to me were stolen at my front door by some mean Grinch, I still had a blast and wanted to thank Suzie and Meg for sending cookies that I am sure I would have loved to death.

I sent out these cinnamon-spiced butterscotch-chip pecan cookies that I lightened up to get an amazing 40 kcal per cookie treat! In case you try to keep the cookie damage low over the holidays, like me, here are the nutritional stats to my best estimate: 40kcal, 1.75g fat, 5g carbs, 0.5g protein per cookie. Sound too good to be true? It kind of is, if I may pet myself on the back.

- 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar, but I tried to accommodate a request from one of my swapees)
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup fat-free egg product like Eggbeaters
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3 packets sugar substitute like Stevia
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Heat over to 350F
2. Combine egg substitute, coconut palm sugar, margarine and vanilla in a large bowl and beat on medium speed until you have a creamy consistency.

3. Add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar and stir well.

4. Stir in the pecans and butterscotch chips and divide into 1-inch balls (I used a tablespoon for portioning). You should get about 3 dozen cookies.

5. In a small bowl, combine sugar substitute and cinnamon, then roll the dough balls through the mixture.

6. Place the dough balls about one inch apart from each other on ungreased (!) cookie sheets.

7. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes. The cookies should be lightly browned and set into a cookie shape. Immediately move them to a cooling rack.

8. Congratulate yourself on being “good” this Holiday season and dig in.

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59 Responses to Food Blogger Cookie Heaven!

  1. Ooh! These look fantastic! I’ve not heard of coconut palm sugar – sounds very intriguing. Off to do some research…
    And I’m sorry your cookies were stolen :-(

    • Kiri W. says:

      It’s a less processed option that you can pretty much swap out directly for white sugar. It was my very first time using it, but they turned out well, I think :)
      Thank you! :/ Evil neighbors… they’ve taken several deliveries from online retailers, but this is the first time they stole private mail…

  2. Oh my gosh! A 40 calorie Christmas cookie. You’ve outdone yourself – and they look amazing. I also did the cookie swap (wasn’t it fun?), but I’m sad to say that my cookie wasn’t as healthy as your ;)

    • Kiri W. says:

      Thanks! :) It took a bit of fidgeting around, but I think they taste pretty yummy.
      I had a blast even with my shares being stolen. One of my swappees is even sending me more, how sweet!

  3. Kristin says:

    How fun was the cookie swap?! Your cookies look great!

  4. Oh these look so goooood! Prefect for gift! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!!!

  5. Ramona says:

    Oh Kiri, I am so very sorry your cookies got stolen. How awful… what kind of person does that!! :( Your cookies look fabulous! We use a palm sugar called Kithul Treacle in Sri Lanka and it’s fabulous. I bet these cookies were extra yummy and your recipients were very lucky for such a treat!

    • Kiri W. says:

      I don’t know! They’ve been at it for a few months, but so far they’d only taken things from online venders like Amazon. But a clearly private box, with cookies of all things? Retape it and put it back or something…
      It was my first experience with palm sugar, because Meg requested raw sugar, but I am really happy with the outcome :)

  6. Kelly says:

    What a great choice for the blogger swap, these look super delicious! Lovely packaging too!! :)

  7. balvinder says:

    So sad your your cookies were stolen away. Kiri, I have never used palm sugar in any dessert but from your cookie dough it seems like the jaggery but that is made from sugarcane. Well done! they look perfect.

    • Kiri W. says:

      I know, how mean can you be?
      It was my first time, too. It’s fairly similar, yes! You can swap it one to one for your regular sugar, and the flavor is actually very nice. :)
      Thank you so much!

  8. Maggie says:

    Someone stole your cookies?!?! What the heck? I am so sorry. I hope that naughty person gains 20 pounds for being so mean. Yours look great! Its been fun cruising around blogs today to check out what people made for their recipients. Happy Holidays!

  9. Wow – Someone stole your cookies? Gosh, that’s just cruel – I’m sorry! Your cookies look super delicious, though!

  10. Sook says:

    That is horrible that someone stole your cookies! Not nice!! Your cookies look so good. I should make some cookies to gift as well. Yum!

  11. PolaM says:

    Those sure look good! I am sure they taste even better!

  12. Oh no!! Who would steal your cookies?! Living in an apartment, I am always so paranoid about packages getting stolen. Luckily my hubs works from home so he is home most of the time to get packages. But, how awful for someone to do that! Your cookies look so good! I am always looking for lightened up cookie recipes too!

    • Kiri W. says:

      I know, and unfortunately I have a reason to be paranoid… In the Summer it works okay, since my wife works at a college and therefore is home, but it’s been hell this past Fall and Winter. I’m so tempted to find out who’s moved in since the thefts started…
      Thanks! :) So far, people have liked them, so I think I did okay!

  13. Liz says:

    Oh, gosh, I’m sorry that some creeps ran off with your cookies!!! Boo! Hiss! But how wonderful that you shared a less calorie laden treat….I think we could all use a batch of these between the fudge and toffee. Hope you’ve had a great Monday!

    • Kiri W. says:

      I know! :( On the upside, both Meg and Suzie are being absolutely wonderful and sending another batch to a different address for me! How amazing :)

      Don’t I know that problem! But it’s all so tasty….

  14. Janet@FCTC says:

    Your cookies look wonderful! I’m sure the recipients loved them.

    Isn’t there anyone you can inform about the thefts happening? Post office, someone? That really sucks!

  15. These sounds delicious! I love anything with cinnamon. I can’t believe they are so low cal. I’m going to have to give these a try.

  16. Monet says:

    Oh bummer! I have had that happen before. We live in a fairly busy part of Austin. I have to watch my mailbox like a hawk. But these? What fabulous holiday sweets! Don’t you know I should be reading this AFTER dinner. Now all I want is dessert. Thank you for sharing them with me. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Kiri W. says:

      It’s definitely started only since the summer, so I assume it’s someone new to the apartment complex, since the packages go missing inside the locked building. Boo.
      Thank you! :) I certainly know that problem! Half the baking blogs make me want dessert starting at breakfast ;)

  17. Suzanne says:

    These were good cookies for snacking without guilt. :) Kind of like biscotti with nuts and butterscotch and the cinnamon tied the flavor back to a snicker doodles for me. — Thanks for sending them! Such a bummer the cookies didn’t get to you!

  18. Your cookies look great. The addition of coconut palm sugar sounds very interesting. Great post

  19. Very nice Kiri, somehow the combo of the brown and yellow color of the cookies makes it look yummy and nice packing too.

  20. Parsley Sage says:

    Scandal!!! I’m sending horrible bad headache vibes to the butthead that stole your cookies! Santa is NOT impressed :(

    The butterscotch cookies are amazing! And with pecans, no less. My favorite!


    • Kiri W. says:

      Thank you :( they did not deserve cookies baked with love!

      Thank you! :) I have a huge weakness for cinnamon and nuts, and I think butterscotch plays off the cinnamon much better than chocolate.

  21. Dara says:

    Ooh, I love these! Butterscotch is so underrated. I think I have the same red mixing bowls from Ikea!

  22. Butterscotch is “in” this season. I love the way you lightened these up and even used palm sugar. I’m always looking for a new use for it.

    • Kiri W. says:

      Haha, seems that way! I just love it with cinnamon :)
      The palm sugar was an experiment due to one of my matches’ preferences, and worked out well! I might consider doing more with it :)

  23. I cannot believe someone stole your cookies!! That is awful!! The cookies you sent out though look and sound so scrumptious!

  24. Kim Bee says:

    Yummy, these look so good. You packed them up so pretty too!

  25. So sorry you had a cookie stealing Grinch in your neighborhood! Love the lightened cookies and these look so pretty.

  26. Nice job! 40 calories is an awesome treat!

  27. Linda says:

    these sound awesome!! cinnamon, butterscotch and pecan are like my 3 fav ingredients! so sorry your cookies were stolen though!

  28. Sara G. says:

    Um..YUM! I want to make these tomorrow but I’m wondering if I can substitute an egg or two for the beaters? If so – do you know how many? Thank you for this amazing looking recipe!

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