Disclaimer: The reviewer has received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I am being compensated to participate in #Switch2Swerve challenge through the Bookieboo Influencer Network . I did switch out my regular sweetener for the Swerve Sweetener from November 18, 2013 through December 20, 2013. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinions based on my own experience with the product.
We both love cookies, but we have different preferences.
He prefers a plain M M Cookie Recipe made the traditional way with brown sugar.
I prefer cookies that are soft and chewy.
I like adding fruit and nuts in addition to M & M’s.
I also can’t eat cookies that are sugary sweet and sugar doesn’t bother him.
The two cookies recipes below solve all these issues and you only need one batch of cookie dough.
I use Swerve Sweetener in place of sugar in the recipe and he doesn’t even notice which keeps the cookies from being too sweet for me but makes them sweet enough to satisfy his sweet tooth.
Just when I thought all the problems were solved, I realized I was out of brown sugar.
I began to wonder if you could make cookies minus the brown sugar.
Is Brown Sugar Necessary?
A quick Google search to see if brown sugar was really a necessary ingredient in cookie recipes was the only option.
Sure enough – brown sugar was not a necessity.
In fact, I learned brown sugar was added so the cookies ended up darker and crisper.
The cookies turned out great! Soft and delicious!
I will be testing other cookie recipes to see how well they do without the addition of brown sugar.
I avoid store bought vanilla extract.
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M & M Cookie Recipe Made Two Different Ways – plain and with nuts – neither recipe contains brown sugar, only Swerve Sweetener!
- Put the butter and Swerve Sweetener in the mixer bowl. Beat on low speed until it is light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and beat again. It is always a good idea to break the eggs into a separate bowl and add them one at a time.
- Now add the vanilla, baking soda and salt and continue mixing.
- Turn the mixer off and add about half the flour.Turn the mixer back on and mix until it is incorporated into the batter.
- Add the remaining flour with the mixer off. Turn the mixer back on and mix until the flour is incorporated into the batter.
- Pour the M & M’s into the batter and fold them in with a spoon or spatula.
- Drop the dough, half a tablespoon at a time, onto an ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies should be about 2 inches apart. You can cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper if you prefer. I did wipe my cookie sheets down between batches to remove any stuck on candy.
- Slightly flatten the dough balls.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 11 minutes. I opened the oven door and used a spatula about halfway through the baking time to lightly flatten the cookies a second time.
- Once about half of the cookie dough is baked, add the nuts to the remaining dough and incorporate them into the dough with a spoon or spatula.
- Repeat steps 10 through 12 until all the cookie dough is baked.
Tip: Remember – Swerve measures out cup for cup just like sugar, so you don’t have to worry about doing any crazy math to figure out how to use it in your recipes.
Tip: A cooling rack is a wonderful place to put cookies fresh off the cookie sheet so they can properly cool. If you don’t have one, do consider getting one. I use mine for cooling almost everything I bake including bread and cake.
Update: Without the brown sugar the cookies were not as hard even after they cooled. Honestly I could not tell the brown sugar was not in them. I intend to continue omitting brown sugar from many cookie recipes from here on out because I prefer less sugar and softer cookies.
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I highly recommend the following articles:
- How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
- Decorating Store Bought Sugar Cookies
- Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie Ideas
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe
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