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Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have diabetes.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Diabetic Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cookies

Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cookies

These are very fun cookies to make (and to look at!), but before you get started, a quick word:  you have to freeze the dough for 3 hours total.  Just a warning to help you plan better!

Servings: 60
Prep time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Total: 3 hours 38 minutes
Ingredients needed for this yummy diabetic delight :
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons liquid egg substitute
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup skim milk, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
Your how to guide to making them:
  1. Cream margarine, sugar, vanilla, and egg substitute.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons of the milk. Stir to thoroughly mix.
  3. Divide dough into 2 parts.
  4. Add cocoa to one part, stirring until well blended.
  5. Add vanilla extract to the other half.
  6. Chill both halves for at least 1 hour.
  7. Working on a floured surface, roll out each part to a rectangle about 3 inches wide and 18 inches long. Place chocolate part on top of white part, pressing together tightly with a rolling pin.
  8. Brush the chocolate dough with remaining tablespoon of milk. Roll up like a jelly roll to make a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  10. When you're getting ready to bake these:  Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. Slice cookies 1/8 inch thick. Place on a no-nstick cookie sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
  12. Bake for 8 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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