These spicy chocolate cutout cookies are delicious and fun to make. You can decorate them with chocolate or vanilla icing--or both! Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Ingredients

Mexican Chocolate Cutouts
Vanilla Icing
Chocolate Icing

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare Mexican Chocolate Cutouts: In a large bowl, combine butter and vegetable oil spread; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in cocoa powder. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle.

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  • To prepare Vanilla Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough fat-free milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make drizzling consistency. Set aside.

  • To prepare Chocolate Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and enough fat-free milk (5 to 6 teaspoons) to make drizzling consistency. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, to just under 1/4-inch thickness. Using 1- to 2-1/2-inch star-shape or desired shape cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Reroll scraps as necessary. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

  • Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are firm and centers are set. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate tops with Vanilla and/or Chocolate Icing as desired.

Tips

Tip: If using a sugar substitute-sugar blend, we recommend Splenda(R) Sugar Blend for Baking. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar and decrease all-purpose flour to 1-3/4 cups. Nutrition facts per serving with sugar substitute-sugar blend: same as above, except 97 cal., 16 g carb.

If desired, substitute 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat flour for 1/4 cup of the all-purpose flour.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; 3 g total fat; 1.3 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium. 16 mg potassium; 18.3 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 1.4 g protein; 145 IU vitamin a iu; 24 mcg folate; 19 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 2 mg magnesium;