Variety & a Recipe: Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

My strategy for keeping on the Lindora weight loss menu plan is variety. I need to change things up and not get too locked into the same foods, day in and day out.

One of the unexpected perks with the menu is… I really, really like this food! Left to my own devices, I’ll choose a bag of chips over a salad with cucumber and celery. I’ll choose a Twix candy bar over an orange. But when my choices are limited to certain foods, veggies and fruits become more delicious.

It’s like discovering an old friend. Hey, I know you, cucumber. Long time no see, nectarine! You’re new—your name is jicama? How do you say that again? Hickama? Well aren’t you tasty? And crunchy, too!

In my quest for variety, I discovered this nifty little recipe in my old Lindora Recipe Collection Book (published in 1998). Check it out:

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies
Source: Lindora Recipe Collection Book
2 servings
Total carbs:

  • 1 pkt Lean for Life Creamy Vanilla Shake mix (11)
  • 3 egg whites (1.5)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (I used 1/2 tsp orange extract instead)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top after baking (my addition to the recipe) : )
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Beat egg whites with electric mixer until very stiff, like meringue (this will take a few minutes). Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the extracts and the vanilla drink powder mix. Do not over mix! Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray to make 8 cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. If desired, tops may be browned under broiler for 15 seconds. Store remainder in refrigerator.

The last step—browning the tops under the broiler—I’m going to leave them in 30 seconds next time. They barely got brown on top.

I wish the recipe told us how these are supposed to turn out so I could know if I did it right. I was expecting the cookies to turn out crunchy. They were soft, and had the consistency of quiche. I sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on top and they were excellent. The only bad thing: it felt as if I hadn’t eaten anything. They were so light, fluffy and insubstantial, I was hungry almost immediately. But if I’m craving a certain taste, I’ll definitely make these again.

The Lindora Recipe Collection Book calls this 4 servings, which doesn’t make sense. You’d only be eating 1/4 of the vanilla drink and less than 1/2 of the egg white portion (2 egg whites is considered 1 protein serving). So I ate 4 of the 8 “cookies.”