Experiment #1:  SPRITZ COOKIES!

What just popped into your head when I typed shouted that?  I don’t know about you, but the first thing that came to my mind was butter.  Then sugar.  And then refined white flour and “unhealthy” and toootally not nutritious.

Healthy "Brown Sugar" Spritz Cookies

Experiment #2:  HEALTHY SPRITZ COOKIES!

So what came to your mind this time?  Personally, my mind kind of scrambled at that statement.  It just doesn’t make sense, like, healthy cookies are enough of a stretch, but healthy spritz cookies just sound too good to be true…

Oh, but it isn’t.  I promise.  I know these guilt-free cookies exist for a fact, because well, I ate them.

A lot of them…

Healthy "Brown Sugar" Spritz Cookies

These spritz cookies are sweet without the refined sugar and they are rich without the hormone-injected butter (the entire recipe only calls for 4.5 tbs of oil which is far less than the typical cookie recipe that requires cups upon cups of butter).  These are just as tasty as regular spritz cookies with the same “crumble-factor,” but are secretly good for you!

Healthy Brown Sugar Spritz Cookies

Yield: *see notes

Healthy Brown Sugar Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 3 cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  2. Prepare a large pastry bag with star tip and place into a large/tall mug.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the soy milk, coconut oil, sucanat, extracts and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, sorghum flour, ener-g egg replacer powder and baking powder.
  5. Dump the dry over the wet and fold together well.
  6. Scoop the batter into the pastry bag and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  7. Take the pastry bag out of the fridge and pipe short "fingers" or spritz cookies. Bake for ~14 minutes, or until the edges have browned. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to let cool completely.

Notes

This recipe is: low sugar, eggless, gluten free, vegan!

*I made quite a variety of shapes when I made these cookies so I'm not sure of the exact amount of cookies it made, but the recipe will make A TON of the star-shaped bite-sized cookies seen pictured in the post. A ton of healthy cookies = the best cookies :)

NOTE: These cookies are best THE DAY THEY ARE MADE. I stored my cookies tightly covered at room temperature and they softened quite a bit and turned a bit crumbly. Not a total loss though, these cookies were great on top of yogurt and oatmeal! :)

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-brown-sugar-spritz-cookies/

Healthy "Brown Sugar" Spritz Cookies

I imagine you are probably wondering why I have both star-shaped cookies on the plate along with finger-shaped cookies.  As embarrassing as this is, I was actually attempting to make Healthy Homemade Churros.  Yeah, didn’t work out so well.  So while these cookies totally failed as churros, they totally succeeded as cookies and I needed to post the recipe for you all.  Thankfully, the successful Churros were made after all, phew!

Labels: Bite-Sized-Treats, Coconut-Oil, Cookies-and-Crackers, Eggless, Gluten-Free, Low-Sugar, Oat-Flour, Sorghum-Flour, Sucanat, Vegan

Comments (5)

  1. Joyce: November 9, 2013

    Hi!

    I just want to express a thought that’s been in my head for a while in reading your posts. I turly do NOT mean to insult or anything, this is just a suggestion.

    I love all your recipes and especially what you stand for in making them healthy. However, I think a healthy diet isn’t just WHAT you eat, but also HOW MUCH you eat. I’ve seen in many of your posts that you joke (I think and hope that it’s a joke) about eating large amounts of the healthified dessert.

    For example in this post: “I know these guilt-free cookies exist for a fact, because well, I ate them.
    A lot of them…”

    I do believe that you’re completely innocent in your intentions and yet I also believe you’re a role model for your readers. You inspire people (like me) to change what I eat. Yet you talk little about positively changing how much one should eat. I’m not saying you need to talk about exact servings. I’m just asking if you could refrain from jokes about eating many many more desserts just because it’s healthy. To use the cliche: too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing.

    Thanks for reading,

    I’m sorry if my thoughts were inadequately conveyed. Please don’t hate. I love your blog.

  2. dessertswithbenefits: November 12, 2013

    Joyce-
    Oh, I totally understand your concern! No need to worry, though, I am not eating the entire batch in one sitting or anything ;) You’re absolutely right, eating too much is the complete opposite of a healthy, balanced and moderate diet.
    I didn’t realize that I came across like I was binging on the cookies. Binging is a sign of disordered eating, which I certainly don’t condone and promote. What I meant to say was that I ate quite a few of these spritz cookies, which in reality, are very small, bite-sized cookies. One regular cookie is probably equal to 4 or 5 of these spritz cookies, so even if I ate 8 or 10 it’s not overeating, binging or consuming an excess amount of calories.
    Thank you so much for the concern, Joyce. It really shows the amount of time, care and thoughtfulness you have for others. I did not take any offense to your comment, I truly appreciate the feedback :)
    -Jess

  3. Dina: December 11, 2013

    What AMAZING desserts!!! Guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s palate.

  4. jo: February 14, 2014

    You claim that your recipes are all trans-fat free? Well this “butter extract” you love so much by Lorann Oils contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil.. Yay for health!!

  5. dessertswithbenefits: February 15, 2014

    Hey Jo-
    Actually, the butter extract I use does NOT contain PHOs. The LorAnn Oils butter+vanilla emulsion contains hydrogenated oil. The two sound the same but they aren’t, they are 2 completely different products — one is natural, one is not.
    I am an advocate for omitted PHOs from the diet, so I would never use a product that uses it :)
    Yay for health!
    -Jess

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