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Low Cholesterol Currant & Lemon Cookies

Updated on March 15, 2016
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Peachpurple loves to bake assorted cakes, muffins and cookies. All the recipes posted at Hubpages were originally baked and tasted.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Currant & Lemon Cookies

Tasty Currant & Lemon Cookies

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Looking for low cholesterol cookies?

Instead of buying cookies from bakery shops or shopping centre, why not bake some homemade Currant and Lemon Cookies at the comfort of your home.

  • Store bought cookies may contain saturated fats from the margarine they had used and too much coarse sugar may increase your blood sugar level.
  • The main reason why I don’t buy store cookies anymore does not know what or the quantity of the ingredients used in these cookies.
  • By making homemade cookies, I will know how much sugar, butter, flour that I had included in my cookies.
  • I am able to handle the amount of calories and reduce cholesterol level when consuming these delicious crunchy cookies.



Reduce Sugar & Butter

In addition this Currant and Lemon Cookies taste AWESOME, far better than store bought cookies which are sold in cake box at pricey price tag. Some cookies were broken due to shipper’s negligence or shoppers dropping them onto the floor and put them back on the shelves. Who knows how long these cookies were made and displayed on the sales rack!

In this cookie recipe, I had reduced the amount of:

  • Sugar from 120g to 90g (3.17 ounce)
  • Butter from 180g to 120g (4.23 ounce )
  • You can add in more currants if you desire or replace them with chopped red cherries, dates or sultanas.



Table Conversion to US Measurement

Flour / Sugar
 
 
1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons)
16 g
.563 oz
1/4 cup
32 g
1.13 oz
1/3 cup
43 g
1.5 oz
1/2 cup
64 g
2.25 oz
3/4 cup
96 g
3.38 oz
1 cup
128 g
4.5 oz
Butter
 
 
1/4 cup of butter
57 g
 
1/3 cup of butter
76 g
 
1/2 cup of butter
113 g
 
Gram to Ounce
 
 
80g = 2.8 ounce
240g = 8.5 ounce
 
120g = 4.2 ounce
 
 
30g = 1.0 ounce
 
 

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 50-60 pieces

Ingredients

  • 120g butter
  • 80g granulated sugar, or icing sugar
  • 1 egg, Grade A
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice
  • 30g currants / raisins, chopped
  • 240g plain flour,, sieved
  • 1 egg, for glazing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 180C. Line cookie tray with baking sheet with a little butter.

Cream butter and eggs

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Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy

Beat in the egg and mix well.

Grate the lemon zest

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Add in the lemon zest and juice and chopped currants.

Mix again until all ingredients are well blended.

Beat the batter

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Pour in sieved flour and stir until it will form a stiff batter.

Transfer to a floured surface.

Spread flour onto flat surface

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Knead well and then transfer it back to the mixing bowl. Chill in fridge for 30 min.

Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface.

Dip in cookie cutter into flour

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Dip cookie cutters into the flour so that the cookie dough does not stick into it.

Stamp the cookies out, transfer to the lightly greased baking sheet.

Place cookies onto greased baking tray

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Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.

The cookies may feel soft after freshly bake.

Leave them to cool on the rack for 10 minutes.

You will be amazed that these cookies turn firm and crunchy after that.

Store in air tight container.

Lemons

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Why I Choose Lemons?


Everyone has a misunderstanding that lemon tastes sour at first sight. If you combine lemon juice with sugar or honey, it gives you a refreshing beverage that perks you up like coffee or tea.

  • Like any other fruits, lemons consist of flavanoid substance that includes anti-oxidant, an anti-cancer compound that keeps your body cell from developing cancer cells.
  • In addition, lemons are extremely high in vitamin C, just like orange juice, a power pack oval yellow fruit that protect our immune system from breaking down easily.
  • It is the best natural antibiotic that doctor cannot prescribe to prevent you from catching flue, runny nose, cold and achy bones.
  • As our body comes contact with free radical s daily when we are expose to open air public places, offices and schools, the airborne germs and bacteria penetrates through our skin and the air that we breathe in.
  • Hence, the vitamin C in lemons neutralizes all the free radicals both in our body system and our skin. Lemons resemble the knights while vitamin C resembles the shields, as the knights use the shields to protect our body from coming down with common illness.

Hence, why not add in 1 zest of lemon with the freshly squeeze juice into your cakes, muffins or cookies instead of chocolate chips?


Raisins and red cherries

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Why I choose currants?


Oh yes, not to be forgotten. Adding chopped currants into my cookies give an additional benefit in providing fiber to our digestive system.

  • As you know, currants are like raisins, figs, bran and oats which provide fiber and soluble to our intestines and bowel system to enhance a smooth bowel movement daily.
  • With the fiber, the waste turns soft and breakable rather than hard stool that induces constipation in kids and young adults.
  • Therefore, I always add in a handful of chopped dried fruits and a wide variety of chopped roasted nuts into my cookies for additional nutrients and fiber.
  • Thus, I make sure that my kids consume healthy low cholesterol cookies instead of letting indulge in sweet, chocolate cookies.




Easy Way To Make Lemon Zest

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 29
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yum! These look so delicious. I love anything lemon, but lemon cookies are the best. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Great instructions and photos!

      Up +++ tweeting and pinning

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      Dil Vil 2 years ago from India

      So good to know, will give that a try. Thank you...

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      These cookie sound awesome. I will most definitely be trying them.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Love this recipe idea and your advice on sugars. I drink my water with a slice of lemon each morning for the benefit you mention here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is perfect, with amazing pictures and illustrations! I like your combination of ingredients and why you chose them.

      Voted up and pinned!

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Perfect cookies for me. The pictures are amazing.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Susan Recipes

      Hi! Nice to see you here and at Bubblews.

      @ChitrangadaSharan

      Thanks, happy that my cellphone camera is taking good shots

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I am totally with you on the 'why'. I like to know exactly what is going in my food and how much, which is why home cooking is 99% of what we eat in our home, from breads to soups to cookies!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like recipes with a taste of lemon and this sounds so delicious and a simple to follow recipe.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, hope that you will try it out and let me know

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Looks like a wonderful recipe…mmm. Thanks for sharing it with additional info.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      hi RTalloni

      Thanks, I love baking cookies

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks so good and I love lemon!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, you should try them, it was lovely and crisp

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This cookie recipe sounds delicious. I love lemon in cookies. I would probably choose dried cranberries instead of the currants, although that´s just a personal preference. Currants are delicious, too.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      dear vespawoolf

      thanks, you did mentioned a good idea in adding cranberries. It is rare to get this berry here. Cheers

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      RanaKm 2 years ago

      If you say " Eggs" to my mom, she would totally freak out and say no! hahah she hates eggs with these kind of sweets, she thinks it gives it a bad flavor but the lemon can take that away! Also oranges can be good for that..I still always wonder why eggs should be added to prepare cookies, bread and cakes though?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      RanaKm

      Eggs are added to cookies, cakes and bread in order to soften the dought/batter. If no eggs, it will turn out a little hard like a rock

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These cookies sound good and they are so pretty with the cutout designs that you used. Will have to convert the measurements before I can make these. Pinning this to my cookies board! Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you use UK or USA measurement? I will add in the table

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      RanaKm 2 years ago

      Ah, that's a good info thank you!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @RanaKm

      thanks for dropping by. Glad that you like it

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These sound wonderful, and look great in your photos. It's good to have a healthier recipe for cookies with the holidays coming up. Thanks!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Thanks for a recipe that made my mouth water just reading it! Lemon cookies are the kryptonite of my every diet. I quite like currants too. I could happily eat the picture. I have to track down some currents first but that shouldn't take long. Then I am going to try your cookies and let you know what I think! Well done on a beautiful hub too!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Besarien

      thanks very much. You could replace currant with raisins, cherries or dried fruits too

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rebeccamealey

      yes, with the holidays coming, it is wise to consume less calories foodie

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      These are everything I want in a lemon cookie. I really think the currants do more for the flavor that other dried fruits would have done. I'm glad I waited until I found some. I will be giving these out as my official less untraditional but far more tasty Christmas cookies to friends and neighbors this year. Yes readers, they are that good! I was a little skeptical on whether they would be sufficiently lemony for me and had planned to increase the zest before trying a tiny test batch. I thought they were pretty close to perfect. One thing I might add next time is a tiny pinch of ground ginger. I like how lemon and ginger play together. Grated fresh ginger would be too strong. Thanks for sharing your from scratch cookie know-how. Brilliant hub! Great recipe! Voted up.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Besarien

      thanks, I never try ginger with lemon yet. Maybe my next experiment with coookies

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      tebo 2 years ago from New Zealand

      These cookies look and sound delicious. They seem easy enough to make and I hope to try them out soon. Thanks for the follow.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i am sure you will enjoy the lemon cookies, thanks

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you so much for this. I am always looking for alternate versions of cookies that make a healthy tasty treat.

      I am bookmarking to try soon.

      Shared, pinned, g+

      Angels are on the way to you once again this morning. ps

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks pstraubie, you are an angel with kind words

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Your cookie recipe sounds really good.

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      These look scrumptious. I may make them today. Sharing.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      The recipe is very interesting. I am going to try it.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      dear sweetiepie

      thanks, ls try to let me know

      dear arachnea

      thanks, have you made them?

      dear sanjay

      thanks, are cashews expensive in yr country?

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      These look great! I will definitely make them. I am a fan of lemons in baking and currants, too. Beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipe. Great mini-articles about the lemon and currants. Thank you for posting this.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Emese

      thanks, glad that someone appreciate the mini article on the lemons.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Your cookie recipe looks very tasty. I love lemons in baked goods.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      These sound and look delicious! Thanks for sharing your healthier cookie recipe.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Cookies are ever popular for every occasion it seems. They're easy to store in most cases and so always ready if guests drop by. These look great and I bet with a few drops of green food coloring they would be perfect for Saint Patrick's day, just 2 weeks from now. Voted up!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      clever idea! Using green color for these cookies is idea for st. patricks day

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the taste of lemon in almost everything so I'll try this.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      me too, lemon juice, lemon cakes, lemon jellies

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      jtrader 2 years ago

      You are right. Lemon is good for the body and so are currants.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks, indeed, lots of nutritions

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is the healthiest cookie recipe I have ever seen.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks marlene, it is indeed healthy, I agree

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love everything with lemons especially lemon cakes and cookies. I´ll try this this coming Christmas and give them for gifts. Thanks for sharing. Happy Mother´s Day for tomorrow. Pinned!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks thelma, yes a perfect gift for xmas, happy mommy day

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      Suzanne Day 23 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      These look lovely and easy to make - might have to try out a few this afternoon!

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks suzanne, hope that these cookies turn out delicious

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      Chase Gentry 12 months ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Looks delicious. We'll written blog and I'm going to try this recipe out really soon.

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      peachy 12 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      http://hubpages.com/@bryanchasegentry,

      thanks very much, appreciated, hope that you will enjoy

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      intriguewriter 4 months ago from worldwide

      I will try this in the week, thanks for posting.

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      peachy 4 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      http://hubpages.com/@intriguewriter

      I am sure you will love this cookies

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