Low-Calorie Lemon Cookies
In my seemingly never-ending quest to lose weight, I am always on the hunt for low-calorie recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth. This is definitely one of those recipes. It's a simple sugar cookie that has been bumped up to another level by the addition of lemon juice and zest. It also has a dash of nutmeg, which gives the cookie an interesting taste twist.
You'll find the easy to follow recipe and step-by-step photo instructions below. At the bottom of the page, you'll also find a quick and easy glaze recipe in case you want to add a decorative drizzle to the cookie.
In about half an hour, you'll have warm, soft, lemony cookies that are only 88 calories per serving. An added bonus is that most people already have the ingredients they need in their pantry, so you won't have to make a special trip to the store.
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48 cookies, 2 per serving
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup margarine, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest, a little less for a milder lemon flavor
Note About the Lemon Zest
I'm a big lemon fan, so I add 1 1/2 teaspoons of zest, but if you like a milder lemon flavor, you can always cut the lemon zest back to 1 teaspoon. There are also some other options if you aren't a huge lemon fan.
Why not try one of the following citrus flavors:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Cream together the margarine and sugar. Slowly add in the egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until well incorporated.
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, use a cooking spray and lightly coat the sheets.
- Form 1 inch balls out of the dough. Place on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Take your thumb and make a gentle indentation.
- Bake approximately 8–9 minutes, keeping an eye on them during that last minute or so of baking. The cookies should be a light golden brown.
- Transfer the cookies from the baking sheets to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
Step-by-Step Photo Guide
These cookies are pretty much perfect like this, but if you want to make them for a special occasion, try adding a simple powdered sugar glaze. Add some food coloring to make the glaze even more special. I think these would be lovely with a pink drizzle for Valentine's Day or Easter. For Christmas, a drizzle of red, green and white would be eye-catching too.
I'm not sure how many calories a powdered sugar drizzle would add, but I don't think it would make a huge difference.
Whether you eat them with a glaze or without, I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.
Quick and Easy Powdered Sugar Glaze
To make this incredibly easy glaze you'll need about a cup of powdered sugar and some water. Add about 1/2 a tablespoon of water at a time to the powdered sugar and mix in thoroughly. Keep adding water until you get the consistency you desire. If the glaze is too thin, just add a little powdered sugar.
For color, add a couple of drops of food coloring until you get the color you like.
Dip a fork in the glaze and drizzle over the cookies.
Let the drizzle harden and then serve.
What do you think about this recipe?
© 2017 Claudia Porter