Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts: Candy Cane Brownies, Mini Dutch Apple Pies

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Candy Cane Brownies

1/16th of recipe: 156 calories, 3g fat, 278mg sodium, 31g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 18g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Chocolate and candy canes go together like Santa and Mrs. Claus! (What's her first name, anyway?) Enjoy a brownie while you mull it over...

1/3 cup chocolate frosting
1 sugar-free chocolate pudding snack with 60 calories or less (like the kind by Jell-O)
1 box moist-style devil’s food cake mix (15.25 - 18.25 oz.)
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
2 standard-sized candy canes or 8 mini candy canes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, mix frosting with pudding until smooth and uniform. Cover and refrigerate.

In a large bowl, mix cake mix, pumpkin, and peppermint extract until smooth and uniform. (Batter will be thick.)

Finely crush half of the candy canes, and stir into the batter. Spread batter into the baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 - 20 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

Spread brownies with frosting mixture. Just before serving, roughly crush the remaining candy canes, and sprinkle over frosted brownies. Enjoy!


Mini Dutch Apple Pies

1/12th of recipe (1 mini pie): 103 calories, 3g fat, 196mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

No slicing required! These pies are sweet, petite, and ready to eat...

1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups diced Fuji apples
2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet
2 sheets (8 crackers) cinnamon graham crackers, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray (butter flavored, if available).

In a large nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 3/4 cup water, and stir to dissolve. Add Splenda, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, and both kinds of apples. Stir well.

Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until apples have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 6 - 8 minutes.

Stir in butter, and remove from heat.

Roll or stretch out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness, at least 12 inches by 9 inches. Evenly cut dough into 12 squares. Place each square in a muffin cup, and press it into the bottom and up along the sides.

Evenly distribute apple mixture among the dough cups.

Bake until golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes.

Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers, and let slightly cool, about 10 minutes.

Gently remove pies from the pan, and enjoy!


HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of the Splenda, each mini pie will have 117 calories, 21g carbs, and 10.5g sugars (PointsPlus® value 3*).

Hungry for More?

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It may not be a traditional holiday dessert, but we doubt anyone will complain if you serve this delicious comfort-food classic: Bananarama Wafer Pudding!

And it isn't the holiday season without pumpkin pie... Try our Upside-Down Pumpkin Pie. (Even Santa likes it!)


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Yum, yum! Wanna give yourself a guilt-free, fast-food fix? It's National Fried Shrimp Day, December 20th, which means HELLO Rockin' Poppin' Shrimp!

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