Making and enjoying Christmas cookies is a tradition in many households, including ours. I wouldn’t dream of dropping such a tradition, even with trying to ‘maintain, not gain’ this holiday season. Instead, we’ve come up with a couple of swaps that will allow us the same kitchen bonding time and a delicious result, but with less fat and calories (no butter). This year, we’re dipping!
We bought pretzel “wreaths,” Ghirardelli Chocolate’s Dark Melting Wafers and Christmas nonpareils. Simply heat the wafers in the microwave in a small glass bowl at 50% power (or defrost setting), stirring occasionally. Dip the wreaths half-way in chocolate (no need to load them up with chocolate!), dredge over the edge of the bowl and place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or foil. Sprinkle with nonpareils and allow the chocolate to harden.
To pass out loved ones, we packaged them into clear cellophane food-safe bags and tied with a bow.
Our next dipping project is marshmallow pops. (Thanks to a friend for the fantastic idea!) We took those same Ghirardelli Chocolate’s Dark Melting Wafers, Wilton cake pop sticks, crushed graham crackers and Christmas nonpareils.
Again, melt the wafers in the microwave in a small glass bowl at 50% power, stirring periodically. Dip the end of the stick barely into the chocolate and push into the marshmallow. (This will help keep the stick from heaving out.) Then dip the marshmallow half-way into the chocolate, shaking off the excess and dredging the bottom edge across the bowl rim. (Again, no need to load them up with chocolate.) Roll or sprinkle with toppings and stand on parchment paper or foil and allow to harden.
We made s’mores, Christmas and plain marshmallow pops. The kids can’t decide which are the best.
For Weight Watchers followers, by my calculation, a serving of 19 pretzel rings (28g) dipped in 9 chocolate wafers (20g) is 6P+. Each marshmallow pop is 2P+ (marshmallow, 4g chocolate [approximately 2 wafers] and toppings.)
By making a delicious food-swap and practicing portion control, you can enjoy a Christmas tradition, while shelving some of the fat and calories. Ho, ho, ho… Merry Christmas!