Holiday Stocking Surprise Cookie Recipe #SweetSwaps

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This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

This time of year, we are all feeling a little guilty about the holiday treats we choose to indulge in. For as long as I can remember, my mom has made a fantastic display of Christmas cookies. My favorites are always the stocking cookies with special surprises inside. I have nibbled on them each and every year. This year, I wanted to eat them without feeling quite as guilty, so I did a little Sweet Swap with SPLENDA® No Calorie Granulated Sweetener, and for the first time ever, tried replicating her recipe.

Know what? It came out fantastic. I used an each portion of SPLENDA, and swapped it for the 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar called for in the original recipe. The result? The same delicious cookies I love with a little less guilt. Did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day? That is more than triple the recommended amount for women and double for men!

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Holiday Stocking Surprise Cookies


1/2 c. SPLENDA® No Calorie Granulated Sweetener
1 c. Shortening
1 tsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
walnut pieces
cherries quartered
chocolate chips
white cookie icing


1. Mix together SPLENDA, shortening, food coloring, vanilla and almond extracts in a mixer until smooth. 

2. Stir together the flour and salt in a separate bowl and then slowly add into the sugar mixture a little at a time until blended well. 

3. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for one hour. 

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

5. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a thick oblong shape.

6. Make a small dent down the center of the oblong shape and fill with a chocolate chip, piece of walnut and piece of cherry. Cover over the surprises inside the cookie and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. 

7. Once on the cookie sheet, shape the cookies into the shape of a stocking. 

8. Bake for 10 minutes. 

9. Let cool and then use cookie decorating icing to ice the top, toe and heel of each stocking cookie. 

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  1. That is a cute idea! The cookies themselves are cute but even more so with the goodies inside.

  2. Those are adorable. So easy and fun.

  3. Cookie swaps are so fun aren't they? We do one every Christmas eve!

  4. These turned out so cute! We did a cookie exchange last year. I'm considering doing an impromptu one with my family next week.

  5. Cute idea! These would be a hit at a cookie exchange.

  6. These cookies are really cute. I have not baked with Splenda I will have to try it.

  7. Okay, this is seriously GENIUS! I love the idea of little treats hidden in the stocking! YUM!!!

  8. What a cute cookie idea! I love swapping out Splenda in my holiday baking. No one even notices.

  9. I love the color of that dough. I just have to try this with Splenda!

  10. These are really cute! I love that the stocking cookies have surprises inside.

  11. That has to be the most delicious "Stocking stuffer" ever! These are super cute and festive.

  12. Ok those are adorable. I would love to remake those myself!

  13. These are such cute cookies to make. The kids would have so much fun making these. I will have to add the recipe to my baking list.

  14. Those are adorable! We make lots of cookies here so will be trying this recipe- I love the surprise inside!

  15. How cute and they look absolutely delicious too!

  16. I love these cookies! They are so cute! My kids would love them.

  17. Awe I love how cute these are! I also love that they are filled with candy like most surprise cookies are!

  18. Oh my goodness these little stocking cookies are so cute! I love fruit cookies so having the fruit inside looks tasty! I have used Splenda in substitute of granulated sugar and we like it.

  19. This is a good idea. We have a delicious sugar cookie recipe, but I think I might try this one this year - the stuffing is a great idea and you can have some fun with friends on the filling too!

  20. Those came out adorable! I can totally see the kids helping, and with a sweet swap!

  21. What a fun stocking treat! I like the idea of a surprise inside.

  22. These are so cute! I love the fact that they have a surprise inside.

  23. These are too cute! I love the little surprises inside. These look so delicious!

  24. My grandma always has Splenda at her house and I remember always putting it on my strawberries! It was delicious! Thanks for the cookie recipe!

  25. These cookies look so delicious and adorable! I had no idea we consumed that much sugar.

  26. looks cute and festive! thank you for the recipe

  27. I love this idea, they are super cute. I have never used Splenda before, would love to try making these.

  28. These cookies are so adorable! I would love to make these next year for the Holidays. I like how great your cookies turned out. They are super cute! I like cooking with Splenda!



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