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Healthier Ghost sugar cookies

I just made these cookies for my kids. I actually used my old basic sugar cookie recipe I made a while back and it worked pretty good.

Next time I make this cookies I would like to use unrefined sugar and see how that works but because the unrefined sugar is a bit more coarse and has a brown color to it I think the cookies may look a bit different. Will see how it goes.

For decorating the cookies I just used some powdered sugar and soy milk, but you can use water, regular milk, lemon….what ever you may like. I really didn’t measure the frosting ingredients I used for over the cookies, I just made sure I obtained a kind of thicker consistency spreadable paste and that was it pretty much.

I would try the frosting over the cookie and if I found that it was a bit to runny I would just add a bit more sugar, that was my method. Not a very practical one but that is how I did it and it worked for me :-)

For the writing over the cookies I use dark chocolate chips. I melted them in the microwave and used a pampered chef decorator plastic bottle.

Anyhow, you can make these as many shapes as you want and decorate how ever you may please. I think these are just a slightly better alternative than the regular version with much more butter, sugar and all purpose flour.

Enjoy!!

Right before placin the cookies in the oven.


Cookies right after coming out of the oven. Just a slight brown color around the edges. It took about 10-11 minutes.


First step. Putting the frosting on each cookie. The ones without it are for my little girl….. Just a little bit less sugar.


…..and more pictures :-)

I had the cookie batter in the fridge for over a week before I used it. I made a double batch the previous week and saved half of it wrapped in plastic wrap for these cookies.

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Healthier Ghost sugar cookies

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 16-18 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 stick of butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup unrefined sugar, next time I will use just 3/4 cup of sugar
1 organic egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon aluminum baking powder

 

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg, oil and vanilla. Add flours, and baking powder.

Divide dough into two and with a rolling pin flatten them out in between plastic wrap. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. I did over night.

Preheat oven to 350F and line a two baking cookie sheets with unbleached parchment paper.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and stamp out rounds using a cookie cutter (I roll out the dough in between plastic wrap which I find very easy to do. You can use any other cookie cutter shape you like as well).

Bake cookies for 14-17 minutes. Cool on sheets for 2-3 minutes and transfer them to a wire rack and cool. Decorate as desired or eat as is.

Tip: Dough can be chilled for up to 5 days or frozen wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap for up to 1 month. If frozen, thaw dough in the fridge before using.

 

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4 Responses to “Healthier Ghost sugar cookies”

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    Texanerin — November 1, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    These are super cute! I love sugar cookies but don’t love all the white flour and butter and sugar. I bought an elephant cookie cutter yesterday and I want to use it soon, so I’ll try these out on the weekend. :)

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    Texanerin — December 17, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I made these today and realized that I forgot to leave feedback the first time. Sorry. :(

    These are lovely! I added 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and I think it’s a nice touch. They don’t taste lemony at all, but it’s just nice. I’m too impatient to wait two hours to chill the dough, so I put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. It was good enough to roll out! And I used 3/4 cup sugar like you said. It was sweet enough.

    Thanks a bunch! I’m making them again later in the week. We’re going to cut out a big Christmas tree, put a light coating of cream cheese frosting on it, and then decorate it with M&Ms and stuff.

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — December 17, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    Hi there,

    I am glad they turned out good for you. Take a picture and send it to me I want to see those lovely MM’s cookies :-) Maybe I will do that next year with my kids for the tree. What are great idea!!

    Regards

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    Texanerin — December 17, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    I’m definitely making them again for Christmas! I promise to send you a picture on the 24th because that’s when we’re decorating it. I don’t want the M&M colors to leak (or whatever the proper word for that is). I hope it comes out the way I’m hoping it will. :)

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