Organic Earth Day Cookies!
These delicious cookies turned out awesome (unlike the Earth Day ice pops) and they’re a perfectly cute Earth Day treat to make with your kids. They’re also really yummy. I used an adapted almond vanilla cookie dough recipe from Bake at 350.
Ingredients for organic almond vanilla cookie dough
- 3 cups all-purpose organic flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 2 sticks organic butter cut into chunks
- 1 organic egg
- 1 teaspoons Fair Trade Certified & organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon organic almond extract
- A bit of Fair Trade & organic baking cocoa
- Natural food coloring – yellow and blue
Making your Earth Day cookies
- Cream the sugar and butter with a hand mixer or spoon then add the egg and both extracts and mix until creamy smooth.
- Combine the flour and baking powder then add 1/3 at a time to the wet mix. You’ll need to use your hands for the final third. The dough should be crumbly, not super smooth, but that’s good.
- Color your dough into three colors – blue, brown and green using cocoa powder and natural food coloring.
- Cedar and I made 70% of our dough blue, to really represent the earth and the rest half brown and half green. After coloring, have your kids scoop a bit of each dough color onto a flat surface and sort of press the colors together before rolling out, or when you do roll the colors will come apart.
- Roll your dough 1/4 inch thick (at least). This is key. This is not meant to be thin dough. We tried a thinner batch and they weren’t as tasty.
- Cut into shapes such as circles, peace signs or hearts then place on a parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 7-10 minutes at 350. After baking, remove from hot cookie sheets asap, cool on a rack and enjoy.
A quick word about food coloring…
Over the years I’ve been using India Tree Natural Decorating Colors to avoid icky fake food coloring, and they’ve been okay, but sometimes give you iffy results, especially the blue. For this batch of cookies I tried some new colors from Confection Crafts (formally Chocolate Craft).
I got the Primary Food Colors in red, yellow and blue and not only did they work great, resulting in very natural looking earth colors, but they cost less than India Tree, so I’m recommending these now.
Confection Crafts liquid colors are all-natural, plant based and made in the USA. They contain beets, carrots, cabbage, turmeric and plant glycerin. They’re animal products, soy and wheat free.