Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Low-Point Candy Cane Kisses

More holiday baking fun! Just put on some Christmas music, fix yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and let the baking begin!!!

Low-Point Candy Cane Kisses

Ingredients:

- 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
- 1 1/2 cups Splenda
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Red and Green decorative sugar
- Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap kisses and set aside. Cream butter and Splenda, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Shape balls into about 1-inch balls. Roll in colored sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes, remove and place Hershey kiss on top of cookie, pressing down slightly. Let cool and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - about 56
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2
Points plus per serving - 2

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain

Low-Point Pecan Buckeye Bars

For a lot of people, it's a holiday tradition to spend hours in the kitchen preparing just one dessert. It may be tradition, but so not necessary! Short on time and need a very quick dessert for a holiday party? These amazingly delicious buckeye bars take less than five minutes to prepare, but you don't have to admit that... they'll never know! ;)

Low-Point Buckeye Bars

Ingredients:

- 1, 10 oz. package of Reese's peanut butter chips
- 7 oz. Hershey Milk Chocolate bar
- 2 Tbs chopped pecans (optional)

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter chips for 40 to 60 seconds until melted and smooth. In a separate bowl, do the same with the Hershey chocolate bar. In a slightly greased small cake pan (I used a 12 inch by 7 inch cake pan, but an 8 inch by 8 inch would work as well), pour in the melted peanut butter and smooth evenly. Spread the melted chocolate on top and if desired, run the chocolate through the peanut butter to create a marbled look. Sprinkle pecans on top and refrigerate until buckeye bars are set, then cut into squares. If you need them to set quicker, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 24
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2.5
Points plus per serving - 3

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." 
- Charles  M. Schulz

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Low-Point Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a staple at my house whenever we enjoy any holiday meal.  I'm sorry to say I've always bought canned cranberry sauce in the past; but I did go out of my way to buy two kinds... whole and jellied. I thought several times about making my own, but placing two cans in the shopping cart seemed much easier. Until now. There are a lot of complex recipes for cranberry sauce; so you don't have to worry about finding those kinds of recipes on this blog. This very easy, healthy, fresh, and extremely low-point recipe will hopefully make you never want to buy canned again.

Low-Point Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Splenda (plus 1 Tbs extra if needed)
- 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp. all spice
- 1, 12 oz package of fresh cranberries

Heat orange juice, water, Splenda, and all spice in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. Reduce heat and add cranberries. Cover and let cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 1 1/2 cups
Serving size - 1/2 cup
Points per serving - 1
Points plus per serving - .5


"Cranberry sauce is a wonderful part of the holiday season... unless you have cookies." - Anonymous