Divine Peanut Butter Cookies …

 

… because they go toward the light!  :)  

Seriously, I was very interested when I saw Paula Deen make this recipe several years ago for one of my favorite treats, peanut butter cookies.  I’ve made one change that I don’t think makes any difference in the taste, but does reduce the calories — I use Egg-Beaters in place of the egg. 

Paula’s recipe says to make 18 cookies, and by my calculation you would get two cookies for one and a half WW points (and I don’t like dealing with half points).  So I make these into 26 smaller cookies so that you get two for one point, instead of 18 bigger cookies that calculate as 1 point each.  

P1020586(1)   To give you perspective on the size of these, this is a dessert plate.

Peanut Butter Cookies Light (based on a Paula Deen recipe)

Servings: 13 (two cookies per serving, 1 WW point)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large cookie sheet.

Ingredients:       1 C. peanut butter

                           1 C. + 1/3 C. granulated Splenda 

                            ¼ C. Egg Beaters, original

                            1 t. vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, just 1 C. of the granulated Splenda, the Egg Beaters and the vanilla. Stir well with a spoon. Roll dough into 26 balls. Place balls on the greased baking sheet. With a fork dipped (repeat as necessary) in the reserved 1/3 C. of Splenda, gently press a crisscross design on each cookie (not too deep because they tend to be fragile and break if they are too thin).

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Cool slightly before removing from pan.

I really like these.  I hope you do too.

8 Responses to Divine Peanut Butter Cookies …

  1. lynn says:

    These look nice and light, Sandra. I have never used Splenda before. Does it taste much different than sugar? I have made little itty bitty cookies from my Weight Watchers cookbook before (almond flavored, if I recall correctly). They were only about the size of your pinkie finger, down to the second knuckle. But it was nice having a treat around that seemed pretty guilt-free. The other day I bought some trail mix from Trader Joe’s that has a very few chocolate covered goodies mixed in, and that has been a nice snack for when I’ve just got to have a treat ;)

    Thank you so much for leaving the light “poke” cake instructions at my blog, by the way. That looks delightful and I really want to try it next time a good cake opportunity comes my way.

  2. Hilary says:

    LOL great title.. you punster! ;) I don’t dare bake… for one reason only.. I’d eat it all.

  3. Sandra says:

    Lynn — I haven’t had very much success with using Splenda in baking, except these cookies. But, I HAVE started used Egg Beaters in place of eggs whenever possible and I can’t tell the difference.

    I’m probably not a great judge of whether something tastes different when made with Splenda, because I’ve used it for a long time. If I want to just eat some fresh strawberries and they need a little sweetness, I will put a packet of Splenda on a plate and dip them in it as some people would powdered sugar. So … how would I know? Obviously, it tastes fine to me!

    But as my friend Linda said manyyy years ago when her and I were attending a WW meeting and someone was extolling the virtues of group turkey (this was when it first came out and substituting it for ground beef was such a foreign concept to us), Linda leaned over to me and whispered, “I think that woman has been weight watching too long — she’s lost her sense of taste!” So, that may be me now! :)

    Wellll, Hilary — that’s my problem too! So, I at least make myself find some flimsy excuse, like company’s coming, to bake. At least then we’ll have help eating it! With these cookies, my friend Candy, who is always watching her weight, will be here for dinner tomorrow night, and she loves these cookies — so she’s my excuse this time! :)

  4. C says:

    My mom (81) was sitting here with me trying her best to learn about how to read blog comments so she could keep up with everyone and we came to this recipe. She is delighted and just left for home with a copy, ready to try. Thanks. C

  5. Sandra says:

    Well, C, that makes my day! I hope she likes them. :)

  6. lynn says:

    Well, Sandra, that didn’t take me long :) I made your cake tonight and just blogged about it. Thanks so much for the great idea! It was (is) yummy.

  7. Sandra says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lynn. Let me know if you try these cookies!

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