If you love a little treat to enjoy with a cuppa, then these scone cookies are perfect. Soft and delicious with sweet tart dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Low Calorie Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
Cranberry and white chocolate cookies are probably one of my favourite things to make this time of year, incredibly festive and a delicious sweet treat.
A regular version can pack quite a few calories and while most of us this time of year are not too focused on the calories is nice to have a lower calorie alternative that you can make any time of year.
What is a Scone Cookie?
That is a good question. I am not sure if it is even really a thing, but it was the best way I could describe these yummy treats.
Shaped like a cookie but with a kind of a scone texture, they are low calorie, but still taste amazing. I am already thinking about all the variations I can come up with now I have the base recipe of these perfected.
Can I make substitutes?
This recipe took a lot of testing to get perfected. So there is a few things to bear in mind when it comes to making substitutes.
It can be tempting to try and swap things to make these even lower calorie, the risk of that however is that the bake is not good. I can't guarantee they will turn out very well if you make too many changes.
The only thing I really recommend making substitutes for are the cranberries or chocolate chips and you want to stick to similar items. For example not adding anything that is really wet that could affect the bake of these scone cookies.
So for example if you don't like white chocolate, you can swap for milk or dark chocolate and there shouldn't be an issue. If you don't like cranberries, you can just double up the chocolate chips or add in some nuts or other dried fruit like sultanas or raisins and again there shouldn't be an issue.
What you don't really want to do is sub the butter for margarine or try to use all sweetener, as things like that could end up with wasted ingredients.
Best Granulated Sweetener For Baking
When it comes to baking or just cooking in general, the only sweetener I will use is Erythritol, which is a naturally derived sweetener which to me has the closest taste to real sugar and is generally used like for like.
The issue with using other types of sweetener is that again the bake may not be the same, as not all sweeteners are equal, some require you to use much less, others a lot more. So you can see how an issue might occur.
If you do decide to try with a different sweetener to me, make sure you check the packaging to see the ratio for sweetener to sugar so you can ensure you use the right amount.
But I don't recommend using all sweetener in this recipe. I tried and didn't care for the final bake, that little bit of brown sugar in this recipe, really makes the difference with both the taste and texture.
More Sweet Treats
Looking for some other delicious low calorie sweet treats? Check out these:
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
- Healthier Apple and Sultana Cake
- Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars
- Cranberry Bliss Baked Oat Bars
- Cinnamon Roll Baked Oat Muffins
- Mince Pie Baked Oats
- Chocolate Mousse
- Raspberry and White Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
- Mince Pie Bread Pudding
- Healthy Banana and Chocolate Chip Loaf
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- 70g of dark brown sugar
- 8 tablespoon of granulated sweetener (I use erythritol)
- 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 4 tablespoons of fat free Greek Yoghurt
- 1 large Egg
- 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 200g of plain flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda (bicarb of soda)
- 50g of dried cranberries
- 40g of white chocolate chips
- Cooking oil spray
- Preheat oven to 180c, fan 160c, 350f or gas mark 4
- In a bowl cream the brown sugar, granulated sweetener and butter.
- Add in the Greek yoghurt, egg and vanilla and mix until all combined.
- Mix the flour with the baking soda, add in the sugar/butter mixture and and work together with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until all combined and cookie dough like, once it starts to resemble cookie dough you can fold in the cranberries and white chocolate.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil spray.
- Using a spoon, spoon equal measures of the cookie dough onto the tray until you have 20 cookies (you may need to use two trays if you don't have one big enough). I divide the dough into four rough equal amounts to make it easier to work out the spoon sizes.
- Once they are all spooned onto the tray equally spaced apart, spray over the top with more cooking oil spray and then slightly flatten down (don't flatten too much as they will spread out a little).
- I then use a cookie cutter slightly bigger than the spoonful of cookie dough and place it over the dough and swirl it slightly on the tray, this will help shape the dough into perfect circles.
- Place in the oven and bake for approx 12 minutes until lightly golden. Once out of the oven you can repeat the cookie cutter swirling method to perfect the shape.
- Allow to cook slightly and enjoy.
- Store in a airtight container or these can be frozen and enjoyed as you want them.
Please see below for recipe values:
This recipe is vegetarian friendly
- Slimming World: 4.5 syns per serving
- WW Personal Points: 4 per serving (add ingredients to your WW diary for points value - as this may vary depending on your personal points zero foods)
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Nutrition InformationYield 20 Serving Size 1 SCONE COOKIE
Amount Per Serving Calories 93Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 16mgSodium 33mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 2g
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