Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
This sweet treat will bring forth childhood memories

Servings: Makes 2 ? dozen cookies
Preparation time: 27 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Bake time: 8 to 10 minutes

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional Garnishes: decorative candies and colored sugars

BEAT butter at medium speed with an electric mixer in a medium mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually add SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Gradually flour mixture add to SPLENDA? Sugar Blend for Baking mixture, beating until blended. Do not over-mix.

PLACE dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough in half; pat each half into a circle and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill cookie dough for one hour or until slightly firm.

PREHEAT oven to 325ºF.

REMOVE dough from refrigerator. Work with one portion of dough at a time. Roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a cookie cutter, and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorative candies or colored sugars, if desired.

BAKE in preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Exchanges per Serving: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Fat
Total Calories:  120
Calories from Fat:  60
Total Fat:  7g
Saturated Fat:   4g
Cholesterol:  30mg
Sodium:  60mg
Total Carbohydrate:  19g
Dietary Fiber:  0g
Sugars:  7g
Protein:  2g
This recipe, when compared to a traditional recipe, has a 15% reduction in calories, a 25% reduction in carbohydrates and a 49% reduction in sugars!
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