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What is Angel Delight?

What is Angel Delight?
by Ruth Estrada, TWU Dietetic Intern
As a student and current intern, I am usually on a tight time schedule, and finding time to cook can be a little difficult for me to do. However, whenever I get the chance, trying and cooking new recipes is one of my favorite things to do. I am always amazed at how all the different ingredients and flavors come together to make one delicious item or meal.

Eating Well has partnered with Market Street and has provided a wide variety of recipes that are available to you on the Market Street website. I decided to pick a recipe from the dessert category. I specifically chose this category because I personally enjoy and love desserts. The recipe I chose caught my attention because it is only 52 calories per serving. That is less than a bar of chocolate, a bag of M&M’s or chocolate covered pretzels, which makes this dessert an excellent alternative.

The Angel Delight recipe satisfied my sweet tooth with one single serving. The recipe was simple and easy to make. I asked a friend to come over and she helped me roll all the ingredients into 1-inch balls at the end. We enjoyed doing this part of the recipe. I also thought it would be something fun to do with my little niece who is crazy about baking. I would encourage you to try this Angel Delight recipe. It was simple to prepare, and it was done in less than an hour. There are not very many ingredients that go into it and you don’t need any fancy kitchen utensils to complete the recipe. It is a delicious dessert that you can take to your next party. This recipe won Eating Well’s 2008 cookie contest, and after you try it, you will see why. I hope you enjoy!

Recipe:
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates, (8 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:
1. Combine butter, sugar and dates in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted, the sugar is no longer white and the dates are mostly melted, 8 to 15 minutes. The mixture should be a shiny, brown sticky mass. Remove from the heat.

2. Add salt, vanilla, cereal and coconut; stir well to combine.

3. When cool enough to handle, squeeze and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chilled.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts
Per cookie: 52 calories
2 g fat (1 g sat,0 g mono)
10 g carbohydrates
15 mg sodium
39 mg potassium
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate (other)


For more Eating Well recipes go to:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus
http://www.marketstreetunited.com/ then click on “recipes” in the top menu

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