Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Low Carb, Sugar Free Cheesecake Mouse and Nut Cookies

I made these the other morning and have been eating them for a little mid afternoon snack.  I need to calculate the calories, but it is roughly 80 calories per cookie and about 60-80 calories for 2 tablespoon of mousse. 

Cheesecake Mousse on Pistachio Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3 oz cream cheese 
1 small Jell-o sugar free pudding (any flavor is good, but vanilla or white chocolate works well)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Splenda (I used brown sugar Splenda)
1 cup whey protein Isolate -- or soy flour (I used half Isopure Zero Carb in Creamy Vanilla flavor and half soy flour) 
3/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pistachios in my first batch, but walnuts, almonds or pecans would work too)
1/4 cup heavy cream (you may need more than 1/4 cup, possibly 1/3 cup)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add pudding mix and mix well. Next, add vanilla, Splenda, protein powder/soy flour and nuts. Add as much of the 1/4 cup cream to create a texture of soft cookie dough. Roll into 24 balls about 1 inch 25mm and flatten on a cookie sheet greased with non-stick cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes. 

Cheesecake Mouse
5 oz. cream cheese
1 package of Jello Pudding, Cheesecake Flavor (or any flavor of your choice)
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Splenda
1 tsp. Vanilla

Beat cream cheese until soft.  Add whipping cream and mix until thickened.  Add pudding mix, splenda and vanilla and mix until well combined. 

Pipe approximately 1 tablespoon of cheesecake mousse on each cookie.  

Other variations:  Butterscotch, Lemon, Chocolate, Vanilla, White Chocolate, Cheesecake or Pistachio mousse
Chocolate-Walnut cookies, Vanilla-Almond cookies, White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

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