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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lemon Shortbread Cuppies

I was in dire need of some Kitchen Therapy!! I originally planned on doing something with bananas but needed 3 really ripe bananas and I only had 2. So, instead, I went to the store and bought 4 lemons because this just sounded delicious. And guess what.....it is!!! This went to my Weight Watchers meeting tonite and I was told it's a "keeper"! Yay me!  So go get some lemons and try this!

LEMON SHORTBREAD CUPPIES
Makes 24 Cuppies
1 Cuppie = 2 PointsPlus™


CUPPIES:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup powdered sugar
3 TBSP finely grated lemon peel (3 or 4 lemons)
3/4 cup light butter, softened
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

 
GLAZE:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
(more lemon juice as needed to give it a 'drizzle' consistency)

 
Preheat oven to 300ยบ. Line a mini cupcake pan with papers. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and cornstarch.

In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon peel. Using a wooden spoon, press the sugar and lemon peel against the side of the bowl unil the sugar is yellowish and very fragrant; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, salt and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar mixture, beating until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture.


 
Press dough together to form a ball. Divide into 24 equal portions. With lightly floured fingers, press the dough evently into the bottom of each papered cup.



Bake 20 – 24 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove the cuppies from the pan.


While the cuppies are cooling, combine the glaze ingredients. Immediately spoon a little bit of the glaze onto the cuppies and spread evenly. Cool completely.



Ready to go to my Weight Watchers 'Stay & Sample' meeting!
 
Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan

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