Valentine Heart Cookies with Splenda #Moms4JNJConsumer

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Valentine Heart Cookies

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and we’ll be spending the day at home.  That’s not as bad as it sounds.  You see, we have a brand new baby at our home and that is reason enough to stay in and skip the crowded restaurants but we’re also in the middle of a snowstorm.  Up north this snowstorm wouldn’t be worth mentioning but here in this part of North Carolina, this is an epic storm.  The roads are icy, neighbors who’ve never spoken are out playing in the snow and getting to know one another, and kids are sledding and building snowmen.  Check out the one my daughter and husband built. {By the way, pictures of our new member of the family are coming soon!…and I don’t mean the snowman.}

Georgia Snowman

Since we’re going to be cooped up in the house for Valentine’s Day I think I’m going to make my husband something sweet to celebrate.  Maybe I’ll bake cinnamon rolls, a pie, or my husband’s favorite, cookies.  I made the Valentine Heart Cookies {pictured above} for him before and he really liked those.

No matter what treat I make I know two things, 1.) my daughter will “help” me bake them, 2.) I’ll substitute sugar in the recipe for Splenda.  My daughter always enjoys baking and helping mom and dad cook and this is an opportunity to help give Daddy a gift of her own.  I’ve substituted Splenda in recipes in the past and could never tell a difference but overtime I got out of the habit.  Now that I’m ready to shed a little post-baby weight I’m choosing to take small steps here and there to help live healthier.

If you’ve never used Splenda before it’s simple.  1 cup of Splenda is equal to 1 cup of sugar.  Anywhere you use sugar in cooking or baking you can use Splenda.  If you plan on baking a heartwarming treat for someone you love this Valentine’s Day try substituting Splenda for a sweet treat without all the added calories.

Use cookie cutters on baked cookies

To make the cookies pictured at the top of this post I used my favorite strawberry white chocolate cookie recipe and baked them as directed.  Then I look a heart shaped cookie cutter to make them look extra sweet.  I had no problem eating the scraps but the heart cookie makes a much nicer looking gift.

Raspberry Heart Cookies

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How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

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  1. I didn’t realize it was a 1 to 1 substitution. I’ve never cooked with it before but use it in my coffee. Do you notice any texture issues when you switch to Splenda?

  2. Oooh these look delicious! I’ve cooked with Splenda before and it hasn’t seemed to make a difference in taste and I love feeling less guilty about eating it than sugary foods 🙂 Sounds like everyone is enjoying the snow there and maybe even making some new friends!

  3. I have actually never had splenda before. I am afraid to not use real sugar in things w/ all I have heard about fake sugars.

  4. Yum! I love switching out sugar for Truvia. It’s nice to drop some calories without changing the flavor too much.

  5. Those leftovers would be great with some ice cream and caramel toppings.

  6. I love Splenda. It’s great in coffee and cookies.

  7. Splenda is great for baking – I’ve used it several times before making sugar-free cookies for diabetic family members. Your cookies are so cute and look yummy!

  8. Julie Wood says

    I love these Valentine Heart Cookies made with Splenda. Splenda tastes very good and I like the flavor in my coffee. I am going to make these cookies and see how they taste!

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