Christmas is coming

I have no idea where this recipe came from, but thought it looked cute enough to share:

Reindeer Cookies

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Makes: 2 dozen cookies

1 package (16.5 ounces) refrigerated
peanut butter or sugar cookie dough
48 small pretzel twists
48 brown M&M’s candies
24 red M&M’s candies

Place the cookie dough in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cut the dough into 24 slices and place the slices 2 inches apart on large

ungreased cookie sheets. Pinch in each side to form an hourglass shape.

Position 2 pretzels at the top of each slice to form antlers then create

eyes with the brown candies and noses with the red candies.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

You don’t need the sugar

In my previous post I mentioned that when my first husband became diabetic we all ate the way he had to. I used very little sugar and more whole grains. My kids got used to being a fairly sugar free house for many years.

One thing I did do was make everything from scratch. My sweet stuff used applesauce, pineapple or some other crushed fruit. For pancake “syrup” I took fruit that was in fruit juice and put it in the blender. It poured nicely and went on the pancakes, waffles or french toast as good as syrup and tasted better.

For birthday cakes or once in the while cookies I used 1/2 or less of the sugar the recipe called for. Believe it or not, they taste as good or better without all the sugar. I often would use some whole wheat pastry flour also instead of some of the white.

If a member of the family can’t have the sugar (or another item) I felt it best to keep the family as close to that diet as we could. One daughter was highly allergic to milk. I made my pancakes etc with a juice instead of milk. The family particularly liked pancakes with orange juice instead of milk.

One does not need to be sick to make the substitutes. Cutting down on sugar is better for all of us, as well as adding more whole grains. Give it a try! It works for me!