Thursday, April 17, 2008

Orange Cream Cookies

I'm trying to drop a few pounds (when am I NOT trying to lose a few pounds?) and have been searching for some yummy WW friendly recipes. This one is definitely perfect for when you need a sweet treat!

8 ounces light cream cheese, divided
3 T skim milk
2 T reduced-calorie margarine
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 T sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 T orange juice, fresh
2 t orange zest
1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 12-cup miniature muffin pans with cooking spray; set aside. To prepare cookie dough, in a large mixing bowl combine 2 ounces cream cheese, milk and margarine. Beat on low speed until blended. In a small bowl, combine flour and 1 tablespoon sugar. Beat flour mixture into cream cheese mixture on low speed until blended.
Transfer cookie dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 times. Divide dough into 24 equal portions and press each portion into bottom and up sides of prepared muffin pans; set aside. To prepare filling, in a food processor or large bowl combine remaining 6 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg, orange juice, zest and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
Spoon 2 teaspoons filling into prepared cookie cups. Bake until filling is set and edges are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks. One cookie cup= 1 WW point