Honey-Spice Cake

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Sweets, Treats & Desserts

Welcome the Jewish New Year with homemade honey cake that’s a cinch to make.

4 PointsPlus Values per serving | Prep: 15 min | Cook: 45 min | Serves 12

  • 1 spray cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey, dark preferred
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

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Sweet Potato Crunch

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Soups, Salads, Apps & Dips

4 PointsPlus values per serving | Serves: 8

  • 4 sweet potatoes (8 to 9 oz. each)
  • 1-1/2 cups Weight Watchers vanilla nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 low fat granola
  • cooking spray, butter flavor
  1. Place washed sweet potatoes in oven and bake at 350°F for approximately 40 to 60 minutes, until they are soft to the touch.  After the potatoes have cooled, remove the skin.
  2. Place the sweet potato flesh in a mixing bowl.  Add Weight Watchers Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, pumpkin pie spice and salt.  Whip on medium speed until all of the yogurt is mixed into the potatoes.
  3. Coat glass or ceramic baking dish (1-1/2 to 2 quarts) with cooking spray.  Scoop potato mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle granola evenly across the top of the potatoes and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Bake at 350°F for approximately 40 to 50 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve.

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Lollipop

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Sweets, Treats & Desserts

2 PointsPlus per serving | Hands-on Prep: 10 min | Cook time: 12-15 min | Serves 6 | Serving Size:  1 Pop (approx. 1 cup popped)

  • 1 bag 100 calorie Jolly Time Healthy Pop 97% Fat Free Butter Flavor Microwave Pop Corn, popped (about 5 cups)
  • 5 Weight Watchers Caramel Medallions
  • 1 teaspoon fat free or low fat milk
  • 5 marshmallows
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 popsicle sticks, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Pop popcorn according to package directions.  Open bag carefully and pour into large bowl; discard unpopped kernels.
  3. Remove caramel medallions from packaging and place in a small microwaveable bowl.  Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or until candies are softened; they will not appear melted so you will need to stir.  Medallions burn easily so do not overcook.
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Dark and Creamy Fudge

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Sweets, Treats & Desserts

Enjoy this lusciously smooth treat for Halloween or any holiday – the salt plays up the rich flavor.

2 PointsPlus per serving |Prep: 15 min | Cook: 5 min | Serves: 32

  • 10 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) can fat-free or reduced fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch + scant 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  1. Line 8-inch square baking plan with plastic wrap, leaving 2-inch overhang.  Smooth out any wrinkles.
  2. Combine chocolate, condensed milk, vanilla, and pinch salt in large heavy saucepan.  Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat, until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.  Transfer fudge to preared pan; spread evenly with rubber spatula.  Let cool.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Uncover fudge; remove from pan by lifting edges of plastic wrap.  Invert fudge onto cutting board; discard plastic wrap.  Cut fudge into 8 strips, then cute each strip crosswise into 8 pieces.  To serve, bring the fudge to room temperature.  Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt.  Yields 2 pieces per serving.

Good Idea:  Fudge is an ideal do-ahead treat.  Prepare the recipe as directed, but after cutting the fudge, layer pieces between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container.  Cover and refrigerate up to two weeks.

Festive Feta Spread

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Soups, Salads, Apps & Dips

This dip, made with reduced-fat cheeses, is a holiday favorite.  It stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days so it’s great for drop-in guests.

4 PointsPlus per serving | Prep:  15 min. | Serves: 16

  • 7 oz. jar water-packed roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1 lb. 1/3 less fat cream cheese (two 8-oz blocks), softened and cut up
  • 4 oz. reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp chopped, fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh, whole dill sprigs
  • 10 1/2 oz. baked low-fat tortilla chips
  1. Slice off a 1-1/2 inch piece of roasted pepper to use for garnish; wrap and refrigerate.  In a food processor, combine remaining roasted peppers, cream cheese, feta cheese, garlic, and black pepper; process until smooth.  Add chopped dill; pulse until evenly distributed.
  2. Scrape mixture into a serving bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 5 days) to firm up slightly and for flavors to blend.
  3. To serve, smooth surface of dip with a spatula.  Arrange dill sprigs on top in a circular fashion to form a “wreath”; cut reserved piece of roasted pepper into tiny “berries” and place on wreath.  Or create any other decorative pattern you desire.  Yields about 3 tablespoons of spread and 8 chips per serving.

Notes:  This recipe can be cut in half to serve 8, but it keeps so well (up to 5 days refrigerated) that it makes sense to make the whole batch to have on hand for unexpected holiday guests.  Serve with pita wedges, whole grain crisp breads or crackers, and/or raw vegetables.

Dark and Creamy Fudge

Posted by: Carissa /  Category: Holiday, Sweets, Treats & Desserts

Enjoy this lusciously smooth treat for Halloween – the salt plays up the rich flavor.

2 points per serving | Prep:  15 min | Cook: 5 min |Serves:  32

10 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 (14 oz) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch + scant 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Line 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap, leaving 2-inch overhang.  Smooth out any wrinkles.

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