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Cranberry-Pistachio Sugar Cookie Thins

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cranberry_pistachio_sugar_cookie_thins.html

From EatingWell:  November/December 2013

This healthy sugar cookie recipe makes delicate, thin cookies that are a great accompaniment to coffee or tea. You press the dough into cute wafers using the bottom of a glass and can sprinkle the cookie thins with dried cranberries and pistachios, as in this recipe, or use your favorite dried fruit and nut combination as decoration.

4 dozen 2-inch cookies | Active Time: 1 3/4 hours | Total Time: 2 3/4 hours

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat oil, butter, 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, egg and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and well blended. Beat in honey, vanilla and almond (or lemon) extract until evenly incorporated.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, then medium speed, beat about half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until incorporated. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.
  4. Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into a 9-inch-long “log.” Divide the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until very cold, about 1 hour.
  5. Place the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar on a small plate. One at a time, dip the top of each ball of dough into the sugar; place, sugar-side up, about 2 1/2 inches apart on another prepared baking sheet. Coat the bottom of a wide glass with cooking spray, then dip it into the sugar. Flatten the balls with the glass to make cookies about 2 1/4 inches in diameter, dipping the glass into the sugar between cookies and spraying it as needed. Sprinkle the cookies with pistachios and cranberries and gently pat to help them adhere.
  6. Bake the cookies on the center rack, one pan at a time, until just firm to the touch, 8 to 13 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition

Per cookie : 79 Calories; 3 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 6 mg Cholesterol; 12 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 29 mg Sodium; 18 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

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