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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies
Chocolate Dream Mousse
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

(Family Features) - Spring is the season for a fresh start. Why not give your traditional baking recipes and sugary desserts a "makeover"? When you're looking for great tasting treats with less sugar that your family can bake together, try a new baking blend.

This combination of sugar and sucralose, a sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than sugar, can be used like sugar in cookies, cakes, mousses and desserts of all kinds. When you use 1/2 cup of the new baking blend in place of 1 cup sugar, you will have results that have the same sweetness as a full sugar recipe as well as great texture and taste. Yet, you'll have fewer calories and carbohydrates and often a "lighter" nutritional profile.

Now that sweet treats can be prepared with less sugar, your family can happily make and enjoy the desserts they love. Get your kids in the kitchen to learn a new way to make cookies and other goodies with a Splenda delicious touch.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package)
  • Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 375°F.
    2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar blend, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
    3. BAKE 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Calories: 110g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 15mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 13g     Sodium: 85mg

Serves
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
  • 3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 2/3 cups (11-ounce package)
  • Nestlé Toll House Butter-scotch Flavored Morsels

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 375°F.
    2. COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar blend, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
    3. BAKE 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies, 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Calories: 130g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 16g     Sodium: 90mg

Serves
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Chocolate Dream Mousse

Ingredients
  • 1 envelope (7 grams) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Fat Free Milk
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation
    1. SPRINKLE gelatin over water in medium saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved; stir in sugar blend. Stir in evaporated milk. Continue stirring over medium heat until milk is steaming hot (do not boil).
    2. POUR into blender container; add morsels and vanilla extract. Cover; blend on low speed until smooth. Pour into small mixer bowl. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds from a spoon.
    3. BEAT on high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and light in color. Spoon into serving dishes; refrigerate until ready to serve.

Calories: 160g     Total Fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 0mg     Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 21g     Sodium: 35mg

Serves
Makes 12 servings

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Description
Spring is the season for a fresh start. Why not give your traditional baking recipes and sugary desserts a "makeover"?

Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 15) crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet
  • Chocolate Morsels, divided
Filling
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) Neufchâtel cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Preparation
    1. For Crust: - PREHEAT oven to 300°F.
    2. COMBINE cookie crumbs with butter in medium bowl until moistened; press onto bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup morsels.
    3. For Filling - BEAT cream cheese, sugar blend and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and flour. Gradually beat in evaporated milk and sour cream. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining morsels.
    4. BAKE 25 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake additional 25 to 30 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly. Place in refrigerator immediately; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Remove side of springform pan.

Calories: 310g     Total Fat: 21g
Cholesterol: 65mg     Protein: 7g
Carbohydrates: 27g     Sodium: 240mg

Serves
Makes 12 to 14 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Note: Cheesecake may be baked in 13 x 9-inch pan. Prepare as above. Bake in preheated 300°F oven 20 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake additional 20 to 30 minutes.

SOURCE: Nestlé Toll House Morsels
Splenda® Sugar Blend For Baking


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