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In Honor of World Diabetes Day- Cookies!

I had another post all ready to go this morning (admittedly already late!) when I found out that it is World Diabetes Day.  I couldn't let the day go by without a mention and a recipe for those who are affected by this disease, and there are so many people who suffer from it. 

The International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization first established World Diabetes Day in 1991.  The purpose is to promote awareness of the disease and encourage people to be screened. You can read more about it on the IDF website.  According to Wikipedia, November 14 is the birthdate of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin and the first to use it in humans. He is still the youngest Nobel Laureate due to this discovery, having earned the Nobel prize in medicine at the age of 32. Her Majesty, the Queen Mother lit a Flame of Hope in 1989 as a tribute to Dr. Banting and everyone who has lost their life to diabetes.  The flame will remain lit until a cure for diabetes is found.  You can read more about the Diabetes Flame of Hope here.  

This recipe originated in a book I got several years ago.  Better Homes and Gardens Simple Everyday Diabetic Meals has many diabetic friendly recipes, including desserts.  This one is a family favorite- even those who do not have issues with sugar enjoy these cookies.  I have changed it a little from the original recipe. As always, be sure to check with your physician to ensure that these treats will fit within your diet plan. 

Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup no-calorie, heat stable granular sugar substitute
      (I use Splenda for baking)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tspn baking soda
Dash of salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    (I use semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, but they may raise the sugar content) 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and butter together with an electric mixer until blended.  
2. Add sugar substitute, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined, scraping sides of      bowl if necessary. 
3. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined.  
4. Mix in as much flour as possible with mixer and then add the remaining flour and stir by hand.  
5. Stir in the chocolate. 
6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet covered in parchment.  Bake for 5-8 minutes until edges are golden brown.  
7. Cool cookies on wire rack until cool.  Store in airtight container. 

Print recipe here

As for that original blog post that I had planned (and even mentioned in my last post), you will see it this weekend.  On Thursday I will share a recipe for a special Thanksgiving dessert that is an crowd pleaser for your adult Turkey Day guests! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 



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