Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Baking 101

Look...a Red Velvet cookie!!!!!

I love to bake! But holiday baking is so extra special and warms my heart. And my kitchen.

Yesterday, I tried out two new recipes. Red velvet chocolate chip cookies! Yes, you read that right...insert heavenly music here. And they were incredibly easy to make! Would be great to make with kiddos. The other recipe I tried was more figure-friendly, Cream cheese swirled brownies. I know you are wondering how could that be figure-friendly? Well, I got the recipe for Cooking Light and they are only 130 calories per brownie. Not bad for a brownie swirled with cream cheese!!!

Okay on to the good stuff...the recipes!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 box RedVelvet cake mix

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Confectioners (powdered) sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you have an electric stand mixer, use the paddle attachment, if not that's okay too! In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable. Mix until dough forms (it will be rather thick). Fold in chocolate chips. Roll into balls then roll into powdered sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Don't these just look Christmas-y?! I also dusted some in that yummy, white powdered sugar (again) after coming out of the oven. Santa would looove to have these with milk while delivering presents. Red & white are after all his favorite colors! Enjoy!

Okay so before I move on to the brownie recipe...I will tell you a few things about them so you aren't surprised/disappointed when you bake them. They are definitely more like cake brownies than fudge brownies. Not that is bad, just everyone has their own kind of brownie they like. Also, remember they are considered figure-friendly so while I think they are a great substitute to the full, all out fat brownie - they are not loaded down with butter, oil, or sugar. Hence why they are not an overly sweet brownie - which makes Allen B. love them even more since he is not a big fan of sweets or all the fat/calories that goes with sweets. Ha, which is what I live for - as my waist line gladly shows. But WE did think these brownies were delicious but you on the other hand, may want to tweak the recipe according to your liking. Now don't get me wrong...Paula Deen & her massive amount of yummy butter goodness makes my heart pitter-patter. She and Pioneer Woman are my heroes, after my mom of course!

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies
*recipe from Cooking Light


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg white


Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted, stirring once. Combine milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs, stirring well with a whisk. Add chocolate mixture and milk mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Spoon batter evenly into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, cheese, and egg white in a medium bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended using clean, dry beaters. Drizzle cheese mixture evenly over chocolate mixture; swirl batters together using the tip of a knife. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until batter begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 131 (30% from fat)
Fat: 4.3g (sat 2.6g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.2g)
Protein: 2.5g
Carbohydrate: 21.5g
Fiber: 0.8g
Cholesterol: 23mg
Iron: 1.3mg
Sodium: 69mg
Calcium: 23mg
And finally remembering the real reason why I bake this time of year...for unto us a Savior is born...

"That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12

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