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Grown Up Taste for the Child at Heart- Yogurt Sugar Cookies (Sugar-free Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate Ganache, & Traditional Sugar Cookie Icing)

yogurt cookies1I just looked at the calendar this morning and realized that it is almost November! Where did September and October go? Since our winter showed up so late last year it felt almost as if we had a few months of spring, a month of summer, and here we are right back into the cold seasons. I guess I can’t really complain, even though the temperatures have been dipping under 30 degrees at night recently we are still having 70 degree afternoons. I almost felt as if I was jumping the gun a little on posting this recipe because some people might view it more as a Christmas type cookie, but put it in your recipe file because Christmas cookie time will be here before you know it!

yogurt cookies6When I was a kid my mom use to make a cookie called Farmhouse Cookies that used sour cream. I don’t know where they originated, but everyone always loved the mild flavor that they had along with the puffy soft texture. I decided to change a few ingredients, ok, half of the ingredients, and make them a bit more sophisticated for the adults, and fun for the kids. I replaced the sour cream with low carb vanilla yogurt, the sugar with Truvia zero calorie sweetener, the butter with light butter, and cut back a little on the flour. They still taste the same, and are just as fluffy and yummy. This recipe is only 53 calories per cookie and sugar-free! I can’t find a calorie count on the old recipe, but I’m betting that they were over 100 calories per cookie, and with the massive amount of sugar, definitely not sugar-free.

yogurt cookies3I couldn’t bear to leave the cookies plain so I chose 3 different ways to “dress” them up. The first topping I decided to whip up is a sugar-free chocolate ganache. Yes, I said sugar-free and chocolate ganache in the same sentence. Then I decided to sprinkle chopped pecans over the top leaving it absolutely elegant. yogurt cookies4The second topping I chose to create was a white chocolate ganache, sorry this one is not sugar-free, but it has a beautiful shine. If it was closer to Christmas I would have put some crushed peppermint on top. yogurt cookies2The last topping I chose is for the kids, or kids at heart, and I used a traditional sugar cookie icing with whipping cream and powdered sugar. Considering the season I turned them into little frosted pumpkins. Whether you choose to eat them plain, frost them with frosting out of a can, coat them in ganache, or use a special recipe of your own sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Yogurt Sugar Cookies

By Angie Gouchenour

yogurt cookies5

24 cookies

Ingredients

½ cup light butter-room temperature

¼ cup Truvia zero calorie sweetener

3 Tablespoons egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring or extract

½ cup vanilla yogurt (I used Kroger Carbmaster)

2 cup all-purpose white flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350’f

In a medium bowl cream together butter and Truvia. Add egg whites, vanilla, and yogurt, combine well

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until combined

Dump onto a lightly floured surface, turn over once so the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling-pin, roll out to desired thickness (You don’t want it thin like pie crust)

Cut into whatever shape you would like (I used an upside down peanut butter jar)

Place cut out cookies onto a foil covered, or non stick, baking sheet

Reroll dough 2 or 3 times until you don’t have any scraps left

Bake in preheated oven for 13 minutes

Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack

Let cool completely before frosting

53 calories per cookie without any frosting

Toppings

(for 24 cookies)

Sugar-Free Chocolate Ganache

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder- sifted

1/8 cup Truvia zero calorie sweetener

1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

Combine in a sauce pan until creamy, cook until slightly bubbly. Remove from heat, let cool before frosting cookies.

White Chocolate Ganache

1 ½ cups good quality white chocolate chips

1/16 cup heavy whipping cream

Melt together in a saucepan until smooth. Remove from heat (or microwave), let cool slightly before frosting cookies.

Traditional Sugar Cookie Icing

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (Less or more to desired consistency)

Frost cookies immediately. Can take up to 24 hours for frosting to completely set.

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