Cookies can be a weak spot for me because they satisfy my sweet tooth, are great for snacking and there’s so many delicious flavours! The only problem, is that they’re often full of butter and aren’t always a healthy option. I love sugar cookies, especially during the holidays, and my family has always used the same sugar cookie recipe every year that everyone LOVES. The orange juice and orange rinds really make it special and add so much more flavour. I was curious if I could turn this delicious family recipe into one that was lower in fat by using no-fat Greek yogurt and NO butter. Yes, no butter!
I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but was REALLY surprised that they not only baked in the same amount of time as the regular cookies, but they puffed up and came out fluffy. It has a different texture from the other ones, because they’re so much lighter. This is a great option if you’re looking for a low-fat cookie, with a tiny sprinkling of sweet that you don’t have to fill too guilty about enjoying.
1/2 cup no-fat, plain Greek Yogurt
1 cup white sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp. orange juice (w/ some pulp)
2 tbsp. grated orange rind
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or baking liner.
Use an electric mixer to cream yogurt and sugar until smooth. Add beaten egg, then orange juice and rind. Mix ingredients until well combined.
Stir dry ingredients together, then add to creamed mixture, beating well. Dough will be fluffy.
Chill dough at least 2-4 hours, or overnight.
Use small ice cream (cookie) scoop to place balls of fluffy dough onto cookie sheet. Dip the flat, round bottom of a glass into flour and gently flatten dough balls about 1/2 inch.
Lightly sprinkle coloured sugar on tops. You can get creative and use a fondant or cookie cutter to help you achieve a specific look, like a heart.
Bake for approximately 8 minutes, be careful not to burn.
Makes about 2 – 3 dozen cookies.