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Week 31: The Great Cookie Caper

Low-calorie holiday cookies...yum!I didn’t think it was possible. Find and bake delicious holiday treats that didn’t bust the gut? No way. But, I did it.

There may have been a few cookie blunders along the way, but I managed to track down two different delectable holiday deserts that you’ll be proud to serve your little cookie monsters (aka children), and friends & family at holiday events.

Plus, at 75 calories or less each? Well, you can have your cookies and eat them too (or eat five of them, in my case).

My two picks are Oreo Cheesecake Truffles and Festive Gingersnaps. The truffles are simple but incredibly delicious Oreo cheesecake bites that are perfect for the baking-impaired or those short on time. The gingersnaps are for those in a more festive or traditional holiday mood, and are sure to fill your home with a sweet and spicy aroma of cookies that somehow taste even better than they smell.

Oreo Cheesecake Truffles (Adapted from this source.)
Makes about 30 truffles.

Ingredients:
8 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
30 reduced-fat Oreos
3-4 oz. melted chocolate for decoration

Directions:
1. Smash Oreos in a plastic bag until they are all crumbs. (Great task when you need to get some frustration out! I used the bottom of a hard plastic glass to smash against the cookie bag.)
2. In bowl, combine cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well mixed.
3. Drop bite-sized balls of mixture on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
4. Drizzle with melted chocolate.
5. Store in fridge for at least one hour, or until ready to serve.

The verdict:
75 calories per truffle. I made this recipe lower-cal by using the fat-free cream cheese and lower fat cookies. And honestly—you really can’t tell the difference!

Festive Gingersnaps (Adapted from this source.)
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
½ cup light butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup molasses
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tbsp. ground ginger
¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground cloves
¾ tsp. ground allspice
red sugar sprinkles

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In bowl, cream together butter brown sugar. Mix in egg, and then molasses.
3. In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
4. Incorporate dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just blended.
5. Spoon balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Dough may be slightly sticky still.
6. Sprinkle tops of cookies with red sugar.
7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in oven, depending on how crunchy you like your gingersnaps. (I like ‘em chewy, so I only baked them about 10 minutes.)

The verdict:
Only 60 calories per cookie! I didn’t feel bad eating three of them in a row last night (until I was bouncing around from all the sugar). My co-workers found that these go great with morning coffee, too. Decrease flour to make flatter, crispier cookies. And, they are almost sweet enough without adding sugar to the top if you want to forgo the sprinkled sugar on top.

I suspect that these delicious treats would make some great holiday gifts. Wrap them up on a new Christmas platter, in a cute holiday box, or sit a stack of gingersnaps in a coffee mug with a bow tied around it. Instant gifting possibilities!

In spite of eating a lot of Christmas cookies this week, I managed to stay at the same weight as last week. My ankle is on the mend and I am FINALLY back to running about 2 miles every night without much pain at all. I suspect this helps offset the copious amounts of baked goods and chocolate I have been scarfing down. Unfortunately, it has begun to snow over the last week and a half, which means that most days I have to head to the gym to get some running in. (Although on the few occasions I ventured out into the cold, I did feel pretty hardcore.) I really do dread going to the gym—not because of the working out, but because of the stuffy, smelly, humid box I feel I’m trapped in.

What do you do in the winter: Brave the cold arctic tundra (okay, it has only been between 20 and 30 degrees out, but still)…or face the dreaded gym? Or, do you sit at home and eat cookies and stare at your twinkling Christmas tree all night like I did last night? Er…oops.

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 149.5 pounds
This week: 149.5 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Happy baking!
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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Week 30: Christmas is coming! (Cookies, anyone?)

As I looked out the window today and saw soft, little snowflakes floating around in the wind, it finally hit me… Christmas is almost HERE! Finally, my most favorite time of the year!

Working as a designer for a major retailer, I started thinking of Christmas themes and designs way back in August. So, as time has passed by and we finally put our Christmas designs online (like our NEWEST home page), it should have hit me that, yes, Christmas is finally approaching. But, it hadn’t quite struck me until now.

Usually, when I go home for Thanksgiving, the snow + being around my family + going early Black Friday shopping at the mall, which is decorated like a Christmas winter wonderland, is enough to get me into the holiday spirit, and then some. In fact, it used to take all my strength to not get into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving. When I was little, we would get home from our relatives’ Thanksgiving party, and I would be so excited for the holidays that I would start dragging out the Christmas decorations—at which point my mom would scold me and tell me to wait until the next morning because, “no, we are not putting up all the Christmas decorations at 11 o’clock at night. “

But, this year has been different for some reason. Christmas has seemed like some far-off day to me; yet now, we are down to less than 25 days until my single most favorite day of the year.

Now that the holiday cheer has begun to warm my little heart, it’s time to start planning. Do you love it, or dread it, all the planning that Christmas entails? The Christmas tree, the decorating, the gift buying & wrapping, the trips into the city to see the twinkling lights, the Christmas cookie making… I love it all! (Though I do admit that sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming.)

My goal this year (besides getting my Christmas shopping all done before December 24th) is to make a bunch of delicious—but healthier—Christmas cookies. I am a cookie FIEND and I love sweets. Although I’m trying to be healthier this year, I definitely don’t want to miss out on my cookies!

So tell me: What are your favorite kinds of Christmas cookies, and if you’re willing to share, what’s your favorite recipe? Please leave a comment and let me know! I will pick some of your recipes, plus some of my favorites, and bake them in my self-proclaimed Great Cookie Caper of 2010. :) They may not be deemed as “healthy” but, at least they will be healthier! And, on top of that, I plan to show you cute ideas on how to make cookies into cute Christmas gifts.

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 148.5 pounds
This week: 149.5 pounds (1 pound of turkey, stuffing, and mom’s homemade apple pie!)
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Have a holly jolly week!
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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Deck the halls…and yourself!

“Our Christmas Eve tradition is to go to church at midnight and come home and let the “kids” (they are 16, 19 and 22 now) open ONE present from under the tree. Every year the present is TA DA…Christmas “Jammies” from Jockey! Who doesn’t like wearing brand new sleepwear on the most important night of the year? The guys always get flannel pajama pants and a sleep shirt, the girls always get cute separates or a night gown. They are always like “AWW MOM!” But I know that they love the tradition and look forward to it. After Church on the way home my daughter will say something like “don’t forget we still get to open our Christmas Jammies….I mean our ONE present and the guys will wear their comfy stuff most of Christmas Day! Thanks for the tradition Jockey! It’s the little things that hold a family together!” -Pamela C. Lake of the Ozarks, MO

“My fiancé and I have a tradition of giving each other pajamas every Christmas Eve and we wear them to bed that night. It’s something her family had done when she was a child growing up and we wanted to continue it. My preference is always Jockey because of the comfort and quality.” -Steve from Penacook, NH

There’s something about wearing comfy and cozy FESTIVE pajamas on Christmas morning that just makes the day a little more special. And if your family is anything like mine– the camera is out in full force during gift unwrapping time. Don’t be caught in those dingy & drab old things! Put on a little Christmas cheer with our mircofleece, flannels, and warm cotton blend sleepwear styles. Take your pick of rich solid hues, cheerful stripes, classic plaids and we can’t leave out the festive prints of snowflakes, ornaments, reindeer and snowmen! Cheers to being cozy, warm and full of holiday spirit this season.

The tradition continues…

“My wife’s mother always bought her sons and I identical gifts. The first one who opened his present would show it around and tell everyone what all the guys are getting for Christmas. This got to be a family tradition because every year we got the same gift: two pair of jeans, two packages of Jockey® traditional briefs. When my wife started helping her shop, the gifts changed. We still got the jeans but instead of white, traditional full rise briefs and tee shirts, we started getting Elance® styles, Poco briefs, colored briefs and tee shirts. ‘We got a little flair in our underwear!’ My wife and I shop at the Jockey® store in Branson, MO. Just about every time we go to that store, one of us will mention her Mom’s Christmas presents to all of us.” -Jim from Springfield, MO

The tradition of giving or getting underwear and socks for Christmas…I think we all have a story of Grandma or mom gifting us these “essentials.” For me, it was my Grandma, giving all the boys crew undershirts and tube socks and all the girls matching pajama sets. Once all the gifts were passed out, all of us grandkids would try to figure out which box the undies were in so we could just open it and get it over with! We’d all groan “thanks Grandma” and roll our eyes at each other.

But, looking back, Grandma had the right idea. Most gifts we’d play with or use for a couple months and be done with, but those undershirts, socks and undies were definitely gifts that lasted all year round. It’s funny, now that all of us kids are grown, Grandma and Grandpa now just gift money, and I, copywriter for Jockey.com®, have now turned into the “gifter” of undies galore. So, the tradition does continue, but like Jim and his wife, my undie tradition has an updated and modern appeal. I definitely still gift the men in my family Classic undershirts and athletic socks, but I treat them to our newest underwear collections of Euro sport, 3D-Innovations® tees and boxer briefs, Echelon™ styles and this year, I’m even giving my dad Euro Fashion! He’s a brief guy and this is my attempt to bring him into the 2000’s with bold colors and stripes! My mom, sister and cousins can’t wait to try our newest activewear styles, minis and festive pj’s. Plus, everyone on my Christmas list is getting a mini brief key chain in their favorite color.

Today, with Jockey.com® offering over 500 styles – make sure you continue your underwear giving tradition. Treat your loved ones to the best in style, comfy-ness and color! I can almost guarantee that eye rolls and groans are a thing of the past!

Merry underwear giving!

‘Tis the season for Christmas COOKIES!

A very merry topic for both conversation AND consuming here at Jockey. We polled our employees and here are the TOP 10 yummy favorites:

  1. Sugar cookies
  2. Snickerdoodles
  3. Kiss cookies (peanut butter with chocolate kiss in the middle)
  4. Spritz cookies
  5. Peanut butter balls
  6. Mint chocolate chip cookies
  7. Gingerbread men
  8. Almond crescents
  9. Butter cookies
  10. Kolaches

Like many of us, Stacy, Product Execution Specialist, adds “there are too many cookies to have a favorite”, and Jenna, Search & Analytics Analyst/Jockey.com®, states “I do not discriminate, all make me happy. So, I’ll just pick them all (plus hot chocolate)!

What are your favorite Christmas cookies? Feel free to share your recipe too!