The day of Love has arrived and everyone is looking for that sweet gift that comes from the heart. Here it is, I am featuring a recipe that is sugar-free but still just as sweet.
Yes, you read that right no sugar is used in these super sweet Raspberry cookie hearts. In place of sugar I have used Xyla® xylitol. Xylitol Canada prides itself on producing the finest quality Xylitol derived entirely from North American grown hardwood trees. Since Xylitol has a 1-to-1 sweetness ratio to sugar, it can be used in all your favourite recipes. Just replace sugar with Xyla® xylitol for healthier treats – no one will guess they’re made without sugar!
Personal Experience Eliminating Refined Sugars
We’ve been using Xyla® xylitol in our home since our Family Detox and it’s been a smooth transition. You see, we have a busy boy who when eats sugar loses all focus and is emotionally unstable. This is something we have struggled with him as long as I can remember. Since we have cut sugars, dairy and gluten out of his diet he has done a 360 and is a whole different child. To the point that when he is eating something that’s been cut he will tell me later that he feels the reaction it is having on his body. I am so proud of the acknowledgment he is feeling in his own body.
Since our family detox I have been a firm believer that everything in moderation is acceptable. We give a little when we need to, and I compensate the reminder in my own kitchen. This Valentine’s my treat for those I love are these Raspberry sugar-free cookie hearts.
Raspberry sugar-free cookie hearts
Makes 35 cookies plus some extra mini ones with the cut offs.
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour – which I get from Bulk Barn.
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup Xyla® xylitol
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup Xyla® Raspberry Jam
- Stir flour with baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another large bowl, beat butter with sugar on medium-high using an electric mixer, until fluffy (approx. 3 min). Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla.
- Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour mixture, just until evenly blended. Form into a ball. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a flat disc. Wrap separately with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 1 week.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Dust a rolling pin with flour. Roll dough no thicker than 1/4 in. on a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes with a 2- to 3-in. heart cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared baking sheets and place about 2 in. apart. Use a smaller cutter to cut out centres of half of the cookies on baking sheet.
- Bake one sheet in centre of oven until cookies are pale golden, 7 to 8 min. Place cookie sheet on a rack for 5 min. Gather dough scraps and form into a disc. Chill until firm enough to re-roll. Once baked remove cookies to a rack to cool completely. Repeat steps above with remaining dough.
- *Xyla® Icing Sugar: Mix ¾ cup of Xyla® xylitol with 2 tablespoons of corn starch to get sugar-free icing sugar ( I skipped this step) Assemble cookies by generously dusting cut-out cookies with icing sugar*.
- Spread about 1 tsp jam on each bottom half. Then set “sugar-dusted” cookies over jam-covered hearts.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month
Prep Tip: Add flour to batter with a wooden spoon; using an electric mixer can make cookies tough.
Do you have questions about Xylitol Canada? So did I and after personally speaking to one of the founders of Xylitol Canada I felt her passion through the phone and I feel 100% confident that xylitol is completely safe for my family’s needs today. They have a wonderful Xylitol Canada FAQS that will help answer any questions you may have.
How are you sweetening up your Valentine’s Day?
Thank you for reading In R Dream!