Saturday, December 21, 2013
I was excited to be asked to make cookies for my DD's work last week. I searched around looking for special cookies online I thought my DD would like. I asked her a couple days in advance to pick from a list that I found. That night, she sheepishly called and informed me that her dates were off and she needed the cookies for an exchange the next day. "Geez, so much for wanting to bake some off in advance to try them first!"
At any rate, I did the unthinkable. I picked my favorite, got up way before dawn and baked cookies for the entire Hospice organization without ever having eaten that kind of cookie in my life! What was I thinking?
Smoothly, DD swung by on way to work as hospice nurse, picked up the cookies and out the door she went.
About noon the phone rang. Mind you, these cookies were to be for a Christmas cookie exchange. DD was mauled the minute she walked in the door and all five dozen cookies disappeared! Turns out she needed more for the next day's potluck?!? hmmmm .......
Now I don't know what you would all think, but me, "Wow, I have the perfect test group for a healthy cookie study!". The next morning I was able to send two batches. The one just like the previous day and my new improved version. The result -
The cookies were an equal hit! On my healthy test batch, I used all whole wheat flour and one cup of egg whites (no regular eggs). On the original white cookies I used red and green sprinkles. I used blue on the WW ones. Next time I will use more vibrant colored sprinkles on the browner background. I will definitely make them with whole wheat flour and egg whites from now on.
Here is the link for a fabulous Italian Christmas Cookie - bigalittlea.com/2009/12/
Cheers to a healthy Christmas hit! JDawg