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Dear Diary,

Recently, I put on a few extra pounds. OK, I’ll admit I gained 15. Not sure how it happened. Perhaps a cookie here, and a candy bar there–all desserts that entered my house in the hands of my toddler. My mother always sends her home with a sweet treat, which I end up taking a bite of. And my sister, who owns a baking business, doesn’t help the matter. For Halloween, she whipped up candy corn filled cupcakes.

As the holidays approach, and I spend more time in the kitchen and around the table, I want to get a handle on my eating habits. Although I’ll reduce my sugar and fat intake, I don’t want to cut out family fun. So, I decided to substitute some ingredients with lighter options from Weight Watchers® Sweet Baked Goods line.

Weight Watchers Aisle

My daughter and I made chocolate fondant turkey cupcakes with brownie bottoms. To achieve a healthier lifestyle, I picked up a couple of boxes of brownie bliss, which come in Salted Caramel,  Triple Chocolate, Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss and Mint Chocolate. I went to Walmart in Cranberry Township. You can try out the Weight Watchers line just in time for your Thanksgiving meal planning at the store on Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30 and Sunday, November 1 from 12:30-7 p.m. Demonstrations will also take place on Halloween from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For a complete list of demos throughout the U.S., click here.

Pinterest Stuffed Turkey Cupcakes

Pick up a box of brownies to make this easy and delicious recipe with your little one. You’ll need:

Cake

Two Boxes Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss

One Package of White Cake Mix

Three Egg Whites

1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil

One Cup of Water

Icing

One 16 oz. Package of Powdered Sugar

One 8 oz. Package of Low Fat Cream Cheese

One Stick of Butter

Pinch of Salt

Flavoring (We used orange)

Turkeys

One Package of White Chocolate Fondant

Red, Brown and Blue Food Coloring

Scalloped Cookies

 

1

First, drop your cupcake liners in your pan. Be sure to use a festive fall color, like gold or brown.

2

Second, place one Weight Watchers brownie at the bottom of each liner for gooey goodness! Remember, have fun baking! Caitlynn enjoys taste testing almost every step. We used the salted caramel and mint chocolate brownies, but any flavor in the line will work.

3

Follow the directions on your cake mix. We used egg whites for a lighter recipe.

4

Let your little one fill the cupcake pan. If you don’t want to make a mess, just pour your batter into a Ziploc bag, snip off the point and squeeze.

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Colored fondant is often sold in a large quantity, so we picked up a small package of white chocolate fondant. We used brown food coloring for the body of the turkey, red for the wattle and blue to dot the eyes.

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We mixed butter, low fat cream cheese, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt to make our own icing. We added orange flavoring, but the flavor is up to you! We also had lemon, coconut and chocolate.

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Caitlynn loved the Weight Watchers brownies. So since we had some leftover, we tossed cookies and brownies into the food processor and made dirt for our turkeys to perch on.

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We saved the best part for last! We assembled the turkey body (head, eyes, nose and wattle made out of chocolate fondant) and cut cookies in half for the feathers. Be sure to pick up a scalloped variety (That’s baker’s lingo for wavy ends. I had to text a picture to my aunt from the store to ensure I bought the right one!) If need be, use toothpicks to hold the feathers in place.

And don’t forget, the other best thing–licking the bowl!

You can use the Weight Watchers recipe calculator to figure out how many points you’ll gobble up in these cupcakes. We plugged our ingredients in, which resulted in four points per serving.

Weight Watchers Points Calulator

Hey DFTM Fam–How are you lightening up your holiday recipes? Be sure to check out recipes for other #SmarterTreats on the Weight Watchers website. 

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. Carolyn West

    We’ve started baking with fondant more now that we can purchase it in small packets. It’s so much fun to do… love the turkey cupcakes. #client

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  2. MJ
    MJ

    These cupcakes are super cute and I know your daughter enjoyed making them. I do love the WW brownies! Yum. I haven’t gained any weight recently but I still have 20lbs to lose. I’ll confess right here… I’m eating all the Holiday food! I’ll just workout extra hard in between.

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