BAKE at 350° for 9 to 10 minutes -- don't overbake; cool on rack.
Nutrition information: Per cookie: 60 calories, 20 calories from fat, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 10 milligrams cholesterol, 120 milligrams sodium, 11 grams carbohydrates, less than 1 gram fiber, 5 grams sugar, 1 gram protein.
Orange Blossom Kisses
Makes about 40.
1/2 cup tub-style vegetable oil spread (example Smart Balance) (see note)
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar (or Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking -- follow package directions for equivalent)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
Dark chocolate kisses or dark chocolate stars
BEAT oil spread and butter to combine; beat in sugar, baking powder and salt until very light and fluffy; beat in egg white.
BEAT in as much of the flour as possible with mixer, then use wooden spoon to stir in any remaining flour and orange peel. (If necessary, cover and refrigerate dough about 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7 to 9 minutes at 350° or just until edges are set and bottoms very lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie; cool on rack.
Note: I used 3/4 cup Smart Balance/butter blend (sticks) instead of the 1/2 cup tub Smart Balance and 1/4 cup butter.
Nutrition information: Per cookie: 82 calories, 4 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol, 43 milligrams sodium, 11 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram protein.
Cookie with Splenda: Same as above except 77 calories and 9 carbs.
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