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Continuing with the light and healthy recipes, I wanted to document for my family and share with you this low fat cookie.  I found this recipe in the Food section of the Chicago Tribune back in September 2001.  It is hard to believe, but at that point I had never even made a Snickerdoodle.  And since these were low in fat, I was intrigued.  I whipped up my first batch that very day and with a few minor adjustments over the years, I have been making them ever since.

These cookies are wonderful.  Soft, tender, and almost cake-like centers, crisp edges, and a perfect balance of vanilla and cinnamon.  I like to keep the dough in the refrigerator and bake a batch when needed.  That way we can enjoy them fresh from the oven every time.  Warm...cinnamon...cakey...cookie--mmm!  So, if you are looking for a lightened up sweet nibble to enjoy, then look no further.  One bite of this cookie and shhh...you would never know it was lighter in calories and lower in fat.  Just enjoy!

Printable Recipe

makes 26 cookies

1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 oz) reduced fat cream cheese
1/4 light corn syrup
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
2 large egg whites at room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

For coating:
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand held mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese, corn syrup, and sugar on medium speed.  Add the egg, egg whites, and vanilla.  Mix until blended.  Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed to form a sticky dough.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.  Dough will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Using a 2 oz ice cream scoop, shape the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls.  Generously roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are light golden brown.  Immediately transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from The Chicago Tribune, September 12, 2001


  1. I love snickerdoodles! I can't believe you never had these before 2001, that is crazy. My mom made these for my family a lot while I was growing up, so I guess I just assumed everyone ate them too? Thanks for the lighter cookie recipe. I could definitely use some of those right now!!

  2. Jenn-
    I did eat the cookies prior to 2001, but just never made a homemade batch. Since then there is no going back:) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  3. Yum! Those look amazing!

  4. yum! I made a similar recipe this weekend. i love snickerdoodles! they remind me of home :)


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