T’was the night before Christmas when all through Brooke’s house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.
Her family’s stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.
Brooke & her sister were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar cookies danced in their heads….
You heard that right! No I don’t dream about sugar plums during the Christmas season, I’m more of a sugar cookie kind of gal.
So with that today I bring you Skinny Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting for the price of 39 calories per cookie and only 9 calories more for frosting!
How could this be you ask? Sugar cookies are ladden with butter, and buttercream frosting you know there is a good couple of sticks of butter in there too, I mean it is BUTTERcream frosting.
Well here is the secret… 2 very easy, low cost ingredients.
Cake Mix & Fat free Vanilla Yogurt. That is it!
Cake mix isn’t too high in fat naturally, but what makes it so fattening is the oil and eggs that are mixed into make the mix to make the batter. Vanilla Yogurt acts as a great substitute for things like butter, which is a replacement for oil sometimes. Yogurt doesn’t always work as a fat substitute, but in this recipe it works fabulously!
The Buttercream frosting recipe is basically just a modification of a classic buttercream frosting. I’ve also used this buttercream frosting to make Chocolate Chip Cookie sandwiches, and it was great too!
I liked these the first day, but just liked. To be perfectly honest they got better as they sat. By the 3rd day they were delicious! Dense, and soft and just perfect! Just like my all time favorite Lofthouse Sugar Cookies! Yum! Yum!
Skinny Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
Servings: 27 cookies, frosted
1/2 box of a 15.25oz classic white box of pillsbury cake mix
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt ( I used yoplait light)
1. Mix together in electric mixer until dough has formed.
2. Using a 1/2 tbsp spoon measure out dough, and form into balls.
3. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes, pull cookies out of the oven, and then flatten the balls with a spoon into round cookies.
4. Bake at 350 for another 3 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are a light golden brown. DON’T OVERBAKE! (The cookies will to continue to bake on the sheet a little after while they set, so don’t worry if they aren’t a perfect golden brown)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp salted butter, softened, don’t melt!
1 tbsp brummel & brown yogurt spread
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp milk, (you may need a little more)
1. Beat butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
2. Slowly add in powdered sugar, and beat. Add milk until you reach the desired consistency.
3. Frost cookies.
Now it’s up to you how you’d like to decorate your cookies. You could leave them be, or add a little food coloring to the frosting and make them festive for Christmas, or pretty for a birthday party! And if you don’t mind adding a couple calories to the cookie you can always put sprinkles, which I opted to do for the sake of Christmas (you know you can always indulge in a few more calories around Christmas.. I mean the holidays only come once a year, aha!)
Happy Holidays! Hope you enjoy!