Dec 2, 2011

Cookie Baking With Smart Balance

As much as I love cookies, I’m always interested in ways to make them healthier. Keeping them delicious but making minor changes is key to successful healthy baking. Earlier this month, Smart Balance approached me to test swapping out butter for their spreads in some of my baking recipes.

Smart Balance products have absolutely no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and are naturally 0g trans fat. The buttery spreads contain a unique natural blend of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fats designed to help improve the ratio of good HDL cholesterol to bad LDL cholesterol. In some of their products, there is added Omega 3s, vitamins, calcium, protein and plant sterols.

Using coupons that Smart Balance provided me to use for this post, I picked up a package of their buttery sticks with added Omega-3s.image

In order to test the buttery sticks, I whipped up a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies. Hey, they’re my favorite type of cookie! I couldn’t resist.

The cookies came out just as delicious as when I’ve used butter in the past. The texture and taste were exactly the same. Even this little baby approved.

Currently on the Smart Balance site, there is a Holiday Cookie Spectacular – you can win a years’ supply of Smart Balance products! Click the button below to follow the link to the contest, or visit: - Holiday Cookie blog button_RECIPE[1][1]

Here are the guidelines for the contest:

This holiday season, Smart Balance has put together an assortment of classic holiday cookie recipes with a heart-healthier twist. Explore our cookie recipes, find inspiration and learn substitution tips to make your favorite recipes heart-healthier too!
It's easy – lighten up your favorite holiday recipes with Smart Balance® products, and you could win free Smart Balance® products for an entire year! Simply substitute Smart Balance® products into your favorite cookie recipe (check out our substitution guidelines), then submit the recipe and a corresponding photo to be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win.

Yall should definitely consider entering the contest! Imagine free baking products for a year…woah.

For more information, see Smart Balance on

What’s your favorite cookie?

What are some ways you’ve made healthier cookies?