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Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipes Shared With YOU! 

Over the last few years I have received many requests for my original sugar cookie recipe but have avoided sharing it lately due my desire to inspire and share recipes without refined sugars and flour for  more natural and healthy ingredients.  Here I will share the love and post my original super delicious super easy sugar cookie recipe and also some ideas for some healthier, vegan and gluten free alternatives!  Be creative and try some of my frosting recipes linked below and perhaps a new cookie recipe. 

(these shown with a fondant frosting)
 My Original Sugar Cookie Recipe
(always use fresh high quality and organic ingredients)

2 sticks (1 C) unsalted organic butter at room temp
1 organic egg
1 C sugar (unprocessed, organic)
2 t baking powder
1/4 t sea salt
1 t pure vanilla extract
1 t almond OR lemon extract
3 C unbleached white wheat flour such as King Arthur*  ( * a non GMO product)
(a whole wheat can be substituted for a heartier nuttier cookie that goes well with the almond extract)

cream your butter and sugar with a heavy duty electric mixer
add egg and mix
add extracts and mix
combine and mix dry ingredients and slowly add to mixture 1/3 at a time
form ball to roll out and mix, no need to refrigerate this mixture!
Cut cookies into desired shapes
Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 min, let cool and remove from cookie sheet
This mix retains it shape well and is a great cookie for detailed cutters

 You can also make a marshmallow fondant at home, recipe here is all the web. You could try it with vegan marshmallows and organic confectioner's sugar to make it more healthy.  At least the home made version has a lot less chemicals and preservatives in it!  

See other Valentine cookies with rolled buttercream frosting here

Below are cookies frosted with the rollable cream cheese.  The detail to these are best made with edges of a cookie cutter or sharp edged stamp vs. impressing with fondant mats etc.  

(these shown with my rolled cream cheese frosting)

 Vegan Low Sugar Roll Out "Sugar" Cookie Recipe

2 C white wheat flour, unbleached
1 C brown rice flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 C coconut oil chilled (or equal of one stick of vegan buttery spread or vegan shortening )
2/3 C agave nectar (or pure maple syrup)
2 t pure vanilla extract  (or 1 t vanilla and 1 t almond extract if using maple syrup in lieu of agave)
1 t sea salt

put wet ingredients in mixer bowl and blend, combine dry and add 1/3 at a time, form ball with extra flour dusted on work table.  CHILL for at least 1 hr, roll out, cut and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 min or until starting to brown slightly on edges.  Frost as desired. These are a  very soft cookie. 

Gluten Free and healthier substitutes for"Sugar" Cookies

Try Bob's Red Mill Gluten free flour instead of all purpose flour.
Consider a vegan substitute buttery stick.
Try Coconut Secret coconut crystals for equal amounts of regular sugar, it is much like a brown sugar but is: a low glycemic sugar alternative. Grown without chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. 100% pure coconut tree sap. Gluten-free. Unbleached. Unrefined. GMO-free. Vegan. Non-GMO Project verified.

See another great NO bake POWER COOKIE recipe HERE!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chinese New Year Cookies

Chinese New Year Cookies

These cookies are chocolate covered Oreos with a stamped fondant topper dusted w gold cake dust. I purchased a new rubber stamp from the craft store and cleaned it well with hot soapy water before using.   I brought them to a Chinese New Year party my chinese daughter was performing at, and they were done in minutes!  Here are the links to some other chinese themed parties I have hosted:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day 

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.  I always love the simplicity of this little holiday.  It always gives me a feeling of warmth and sweet anticipation.  Small gestures to the kids and our loved ones just bring smiles and joy.  Here are a few easy no pattern gifts I made for my friends.  Homemade cards and gifts seem to carry such a sentiment to me.  Enjoy some inspirations! Click here to see  my Valentine's post from last year.  Share the love!  xoxox

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Easy and Healthy Coleslaw

Easy Healthy Coleslaw

I loved a similar recipe I tried while on a yoga retreat last year at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Birkshires in Massachusetts.  This retreat center is known for it's amazing buffet of local, organic and healthy foods.  Although the yoga classes there inspired my practice beyond my thinking, the meals there changed my life!  I was able to realize I CAN eat healthy, all the time, at every meal with choices and flavor and passion!  For one solid week, I indulged in the healthiest of foods without once needing the typical comfort foods we have trained our minds to think we need.  Each time I go, I come away more inspired and more committed!  Take a peek at their web site recipes from their staff head chef.  I bought her recipe book when I was there last. 
 Here is my easy, thrown together, version of a cabbage and carrot slaw. 

I used half  of a small cabbage sliced thin into shreds
4  organic carrots, shredded
(the health benefits to this are amazing!
studies show an increase in weight loss and digestion with it's uses as well)
1/8 c organic agave nectar
1/4 C Veganaise Mayonnaise (with heart healthy grapeseed oil)
handful of organic raisins
handful of slivered almonds
sea salt and pepper to taste 

I sliced my carrots with this amazing vegetable peeler from Pampered Chef!  It was 5x faster than pulling out a food processor and didn't make the carrots "wet" like a processor does.  Just lay the carrot flat on a cutting board and strip down, in seconds I had easy shredded carrots, the perfect size.