Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Raspberry-Almond Bar Cookies

Great for the lunchbox or for an afternoon snack, this Recipe Makeover renders a 31% calorie reduction from a traditional recipe.
Per serving: 106 calorie, 4.7g fat and 6g sugars.
Saves: 63 calories, 2.1g fat and 11g sugars!

Author: Merisant/Equal® - www.equal.com
Date: December 27, 2012

Serves: 24 person(s)
Yield: 24 x bars

Preparation Time: 8 mins
Cooking Time: 22 mins

Ingredients:

    This Recipe Makeover cuts down on calories, fat and total sugars by reducing the measure of butter and sweetener. Switching from regular jam to natural fruit spread further decreases the sugar without losing the flavor.
  Recipe Makeover

    2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup Equal® Spoonful *
    1/8 tsp salt
    8 Tbsp cold stick unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
    1 egg
    2 Tbsp water
    1 tsp grated lemon peel
    1 jar (10 oz) seedless raspberry spreadable fruit
    3 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds

  Traditional Recipe

    2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 tsp salt
    3/4 cup butter or margarine
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 jar (10 oz) raspberry jam
    1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Combine flour, Equal® and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg, water and lemon peel. Mixture will be crumbly.

    Press mixture evenly onto bottom of well-sprayed 8 x 8-inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes or until edges of crust are lightly browned.

    Remove pan from oven and spread raspberry fruit over top. Sprinkle with almonds. Return to oven, and bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until raspberry fruit is bubbly. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars.

    Store in airtight containers at room temperature.

Variations:

    * NOTE: If desired, 1/2 cup Equal® Spoonful can be replaced by one of the following:

    1) 12 packets Equal® sweetener, or,
    2) 1/2 cup sugar

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:106 cals169 cals
Kilojoules:444 kJ707 kJ
Fat4.7 g6.8 g
Carbohydrates14.7 g26.0 g
Protein1.6 g2.0 g
Cholesterol7.8 mg24.0 mg
Sodium22 mg177 mg
Saturated Fat4.7 g4.0 g
Fiber0.4 g0.5 g
Calcium7.0 mg16.0 mg
Total Sugars6.0 g17.0 g

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