Holiday Cookie Swap http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1196/all en 5 tips for perfect gingerbread cookies http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tips_for_perfect_gingerbread_cookies <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tips_for_perfect_gingerbread_cookies" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/gingerbread.jpg" alt="5 tips for perfect gingerbread cookies Blog Post" title="5 tips for perfect gingerbread cookies Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>No holiday cookie platter is complete without gingerbread cookies. I love them because they&rsquo;re simple, delicious and fun to make. But not every gingerbread cookie is created equal. Of course you want to offer your friends and family the best possible cookie. So here are a few tips to help you create the perfect gingerbread cookies:</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tips_for_perfect_gingerbread_cookies#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Dessert Entertaining Hilary Meyer Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:45:49 +0000 Erin McCormick 42066 at http://www.eatingwell.com Holiday baking tip 5: Embrace natural ingredients http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_5_embrace_natural_ingredients <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_5_embrace_natural_ingredients" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/holiday_cookie_swap_5_use_natural_ingredients.jpg" alt="Holiday baking tip 5: Embrace natural ingredients Blog Post" title="Holiday baking tip 5: Embrace natural ingredients Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Many of us need to face facts: “the way Mom used to make” and “all-natural” aren’t necessarily equivalent statements. Classic family recipes for cookies often contain ingredients that in no way mesh with a healthy, natural diet. Trans-fat or hydrogenated-oil-laden ingredients like margarine and most vegetable shortenings might be tasty, but they’re also some of the worst things you can put in your body. Similarly, artificial ingredients like those found in food dyes and sprinkles have been linked to cancer in studies and are being investigated for possibly causing hyperactivity in kids.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_5_embrace_natural_ingredients#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Matthew Thompson Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:28:11 +0000 Penelope Wall 33024 at http://www.eatingwell.com Holiday baking tip 4: Consider whole-grain flour http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_4_consider_whole_grain_flour <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_4_consider_whole_grain_flour" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/holiday_cookie_swap_4_use_whole_wheat_flour.jpg" alt="Holiday baking tip 4: Consider whole-grain flour Blog Post" title="Holiday baking tip 4: Consider whole-grain flour Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Here’s a holiday baking conundrum: you want to keep things relatively nutritious, but every recipe you run across calls for refined, all-purpose white flour. What do you do?</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_4_consider_whole_grain_flour#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Matthew Thompson Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:24:09 +0000 Penelope Wall 33022 at http://www.eatingwell.com Holiday baking tip 3: Discover creative ways to decorate http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_3_discover_creative_ways_to_decorate <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_3_discover_creative_ways_to_decorate" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/holiday_cookie_swap_3_how_to_decorate_cookies.jpg" alt="Holiday baking tip 3: Discover creative ways to decorate Blog Post" title="Holiday baking tip 3: Discover creative ways to decorate Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>When I think of Holiday Cookies, I think beautiful: bright red frosting piped around the edges of a star-shaped gingerbread cookie, melted chocolate perfectly drizzled across a sugar cookie, a golden circle of apricot jam in the center of a thumbprint cookie. More than any other time of year, when it comes to Christmas Cookies, neatness counts.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_3_discover_creative_ways_to_decorate#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Matthew Thompson Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:17:14 +0000 Penelope Wall 33021 at http://www.eatingwell.com Holiday baking tip 2: Ditch the excess sodium http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_2_ditch_the_excess_sodium <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_2_ditch_the_excess_sodium" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/holiday_cookie_swap_2_cut_salt.jpg" alt="Holiday baking tip 2: Ditch the excess sodium Blog Post" title="Holiday baking tip 2: Ditch the excess sodium Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Call me crazy, but when I think of the nutritional impact of sugar cookies, I think of sugar. Weird, right? I’m sure most people think of health concerns like added sugars and fats when eyeing a plate of snickerdoodles or tea cakes (or, you know, after you’ve polished off two or three). But for a great many people dealing with high blood pressure or heart disease, tasty baked treats carry another health concern: too much salt.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_2_ditch_the_excess_sodium#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Matthew Thompson Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:12:17 +0000 Penelope Wall 33020 at http://www.eatingwell.com Holiday baking tip 1: Swap out unhealthy fats http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_1_swap_out_unhealthy_fats <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_1_swap_out_unhealthy_fats" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/holiday_cookie_swap_1.jpg" alt="Holiday baking tip 1: Swap out unhealthy fats Blog Post" title="Holiday baking tip 1: Swap out unhealthy fats Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Season’s Greetings! Welcome to EatingWell’s annual Holiday Cookie Swap. All week we’ll be trading innovative tips and favorite recipes for delicious holiday cookies that would be welcome at any Christmas or Hanukkah party. We’ll show you clever ways to cut calories and boost flavor, so you can spruce up your own recipes. That’s our gift to you!</p> <p>So then, on to the first tip: Swap Out Unhealthy Fats!</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/holiday_baking_tip_1_swap_out_unhealthy_fats#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap Holidays Matthew Thompson Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:52:36 +0000 Penelope Wall 33019 at http://www.eatingwell.com