With Christmas fast approaching, there are many out there who will be starting to get nervous. Christmas is a time for celebration, and if you’re on a strict weight loss or muscle building routine, then you might be wondering how you’re going to get through the season, while maintaining your usual good nutrition.
You will have to be highly disciplined to maintain your normal eating plan, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all of the Christmas treats. This is a delicious sugar cookie recipe that skips most of the sugar, tastes just like the sugar cookies you’re used to, is high in protein, and is super easy to prepare.
What You Will Need
· All-purpose White Flour – 1 Cup
· Whey Protein Powder – 1 Cup
· Stevia powder – 4 packs, or to taste for desired sweetness.
· Baking Soda – ¼ tsp
· Baking Powder – ¼ tsp
· Butter – ¾ Cup
· Erythritol food additive – ¾ Cup
· Vanilla Extract or Imitation Essence – 1 tsp
· Candy Canes and Sugar Sprinkles for decorating.
· One Egg
1. Preheat your oven on the bake setting to 175 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Take a large mixing bowl and add in the baking powder, baking soda, and whey powder, mixing together until evenly distributed.
3. Another large mixing bowl can then be used to mix your butter until it becomes a creamy, almost liquid consistency.
4. Mix the butter with the Stevia sugar replacement, the Erythritol food additive, one egg (including the egg white), and the vanilla extract.
5. Now it’s time to mix in your powders. Gradually add the powders to the butter mix, mixing continuously, until a consistent dough has formed.
6. Sprinkle flour on your mixing area to avoid sticking. Once mixed evenly, roll your dough out with a rolling pin. Work with as much bench space as you have available, keeping the dough at around ¼ of an inch.
7. Now comes the fun part. Use cookie cutters, preferably Christmas themed, although you can make any shape you like. Sprinkle sugar and smashed candy cane on top of the cookies. You can buy specialty colored sugar granules at baking supply stores, to add some extra flair.
8. Put your cookies on a greased baking tray (or cover it with wax paper), and cook for 8 minutes. Keep an eye on your first batch, as cooking may complete in as little as five minutes, depending how thin you have rolled the dough.
Cool the cookies on a tray before eating. These cookies are high protein, but they still have a significant carbohydrate content. The good news is that the lack of sugar in the dough means that you can enjoy them in moderation, without blowing out your regular diet. Enjoy!