You only need six ingredients to whip up these 64 calorie Oreo cream cheese cookies. Adding food coloring to the batter makes them full of fun and whimsy for the holidays.
I’m staring into my pantry looking for a snack. I’m saying to myself ” what would be a healthy nibble to hold my over till dinner?” Minutes pass and I’m still blankly looking into the shelves (which hold way more food than any one man really needs to have on hand) Be honest, you to have a pantry stocked with enough food to life on for the next month easy……
Anyway, I digress, the real reason I can’t pick anything to snack on is a bag of Oreos left over from making my Oreo energy bits sitting front and center. Mmmmmm, I need to make some more of those awesome balls soon!
But the site of those cream filled cookies has captured my attention and I want to have all of them, not two or three, all of them.
I grab the bag and decide I’m going to use them in a recipe. Ill crumble them up and put them in a healthier cookie base. Yes, Brilliant idea. The whole bag will ultimately still wind up in my belly, this will simply extend the process over a few days. For some reason this makes it ok for me. Win, Win!
I grabbed fat-free cream cheese and a tub of low-calorie butter out of the fridge to come to room temperature. At the coffee shop we ordered cream cheese in cases of eight pound blocks. This makes for A LOT of cream cheese! Occasionally it didn’t all get used on bagels so I would find other things I could do with it. After some experimenting I found that its a good replacement for some of the butter in baked goods. So I implemented that knowledge in these cookies.
By incorporating low-fat cream cheese and a light butter substitute the fat and calories is significantly cut down compared to a traditional cookie but still keeps them soft. Also, using a sugar replacement healthifies them even more. Then, adding food coloring just makes them fun and festive, but you can certainly leave it out. Pastel colors makes them perfect for spring but you could make them red and green for Christmas, orange for halloween……you get the point.
64 Calorie Oreo cream cheese cookies
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- 4 ounces fat- free cream cheese, at room temperature
- 8 tablespoons I can't believe its not butter spread, at room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar substitute
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 Oreo cookies, crumbled
- 3 colors of food coloring
- Beat the cream cheese and butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar and beat well.
- Add in the flour and beat until just combined then fold in the Oreos.
- Separate your dough into 3 different bowls and add a different food coloring to each.
- Work the food coloring into the dough with a spoon or your hands until the color you desire is reached.
- Cover the bowls and refrigerate for at least 30 min.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- After the dough has chilled, scoop out 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough and roll into balls.
- Place them on the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly.
- Bake in the oven 8-10 minutes, or till the edges just start to turn golden. They will still look undercooked in the middle but this is ok.
- Cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes and enjoy!
So now you have a use for your leftover Oreos, an excuse to go buy a new bag (And no, Oreo is not paying me to say this, actually to save money I recommend buying the store brand Oreo style cookies! They taste the same and are usually half the price.) , or try making your own. Either way, get your hands on some and make these 64 calorie Oreo cream cheese cookies as well as some Oreo energy bites!