Organic Valentine’s Day Treat

As a rule, I focus on eating nutrient-dense raw foods.  However, I really enjoy organic baking and I don’t mind indulging in sweets in moderation, because I feel good about where it came from and what’s in it. 

 

I take advantage of every opportunity to educate my family and friends on the health rewards and the environmental benefits of organic eating.  It’s difficult to get the conversation rolling because the assumption is that organic food tastes like grass! 

 

A great way to change their perception of organic foods is to give them the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, homemade organic sugar cookies.  

 

Organic Sugar Cookies

  • 4 cups sifted organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 2 sticks organic unsalted butter
  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 2 teaspoons organic pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoons natural almond extract

 

1.       In a large bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder together.  Set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.  Divide dough into three sections, wrap in plastic wrap, and roll with a rolling pin so plastic is tight and dough is even.  Chill until firm, at least one hour.

 

2.       Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Remove dough from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature to temper slightly.  (This prevents dough from cracking.) 

3.       Dust the workspace with flour, roll dough ¼ inch thickness.  Cut dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheets.  I recommend placing the baking sheet back into the refrigerator to harden for a few minutes prior to baking.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.  Cool on wire racks.

 

 

Organic Icing

 

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine first three ingredients on low speed. Mix until fluffy yet dense, 7-8 minutes.
  2. To color icing, mix in very small amounts of food coloring and build until desired color is achieved
  3. Decorate cookies!

 

 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

 

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