Blueberry Cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • Large American-style cookies with less fat and fewer calories than your average bake.

    Cookies are so much fun, but they can be a little hard on the waist if you’re trying to slim down for the summer. Not those though. They are created and approved by Weight Watchers and contain only 83 calories per cookie. They are perfect to accompany your afternoon tea or coffee. They contain low-fat margarine and artificial sweetener instead of sugar and butter, and they’re sweetened with whole blueberries. This pack makes 12 cookies – plenty in case other family members want to try them too. Each cookie is worth 1½ Weight Watchers points.

    Ingredients

    • 75 g (2¾ oz) low-fat polyunsaturated margarine

    • 5 tablespoons of artificial sweetener

    • 1 egg, beaten

    • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence or extract

    • Pinch of salt

    • 175 g (6 oz) self-rising flour, sifted

    • Grated zest of 1 lemon

    • 150 g (5½ oz) fresh blueberries

    • This recipe is taken from Weight Watchers Cook Smart Baking, available on Amazon.

    Method

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

    • Cream the margarine and sweetener together until light and fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again. Add salt, flour and lemon zest. Mix until you have a smooth paste.

    • Drop tablespoons of batter onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart and shape each into a circle. Press the blueberries on top of the cookies and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

    Tip for making blueberry cookies

    You can replace the blueberries with raisins, dried cranberries or pitted cherries if you prefer. Frozen fruit works just as well as fresh out of season. Let them thaw before cooking.

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