Nothing says the holidays like the smell of fresh baked cookies… am I right?! The holiday season is my favorite time of year, as it is for most people. I am not a huge sweets person, but for some reason during the holidays I become addicted to desserts! We all get a little carried away with indulging a bit too much during the holidays, so I always like to have a lightened up festive dessert to bring to parties. My Lightened Up Holiday Sugar Cookies are the perfect festive cookie for the holiday season. Classic sugar cookies topped with a peppermint Hersey Kiss! Super festive looking and delicious. Just the right sweetness without all the guilt. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each cookie is 4 SmartPoints!
I love to bake, but I do not want to spend hours in the kitchen baking during the holidays. I want to spend time hanging out with family and relaxing… and eating, duh! Cookies are the perfect holiday dessert to make because they typically don’t take that long and baking cookies with family is a great activity to do. I used to always make cookies with my aunt before the holidays when I’d come home from college. We always had a great time and it was a great excuse to spend some quality time together. Another great thing about cookies is that you can make a lot to feed a crowd! Perfect to bring to a party!
I’m always trying to find ways to lighten up classic dishes and recipes, especially during the holidays. I try my hardest to wait until Christmas day to indulge. My husband requests plain ole sugar cookies every few months. While sugar cookies are good, I always like to take things up a notch and put my own spin on things. When I was brainstorming for a healthier holiday cookie, I knew sugar cookies would be the perfect classic cookie to lighten up! These cookies have the same flavors of traditional sugar cookies and are topped with a delicious peppermint flavored candy. Talk about holiday flavors!!
Not only do these cookies have the classic flavors you crave during the holidays, but this cookie recipe is super easy to make! In a large bowl, using a stand mixer or hand mixer, blend room temperature butter, sugar, and Stevia baking blend for about 5 minutes until the mixture is fluffy. I like to use the Stevia baking blend because it is a blend of stevia and sugar. This is the component of this recipe that helps to lighten it up. If you are nervous about using Stevia, don’t be! The baking blend is a good starting point for using Stevia because you can barely even tell the different.
After the butter and sugar have been blended, add egg, milk, vanilla and blend for a few minutes. Slowly add white whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and blend until all the ingredients are combined and form into a cookie batter. Freeze the batter for 1 hour to firm up.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the dough to form 18 cookies and place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes! Remove the cookies from the oven and once they have cooled a bit, place a peppermint Hersey Kiss in the center of the cookie and press down firmly.
Lightened Up Holiday Sugar Cookies are the perfect festive cookie for the holiday season. Classic sugar cookies topped with a peppermint Hersey Kiss! Perfect to bring to a holiday party, or even for Santa! Easy to make, and even easier to eat. Lightened up but full of flavor!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor.
For Lightened Up Holiday Sugar Cookies, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: