Friday, October 14, 2011

Almond - Maple Sugar Cookies

We love fall and especially October. The little one was out of school so I decided to try to make a more nutritious version of "sugar" cookies that we could decorate this weekend.

1/2 cup butter softened - try to use only organic butter from grass-fed cows
1/2 cup honey, try to find local sources
2 tbsp maple sugar
1 pasture egg
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond flour, try this
2 cups spelt flour, try this

How To:
1. Get Started: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Make Dough: Cream the butter, honey, and maple sugar together with a hand mixer in a medium sized bowl. Add egg, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda and mix well. Add the flours and mix well.

3. Roll Dough: With about a handful of dough at a time, roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle spelt flour on your work surface and the rolling pin to help keep the dough from sticking.

4. Cut and Bake: Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough and transfer to a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet. The dough is very delicate so be very careful with it when transferring from surface to cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

Comments: I cannot tell you how many cookies these make, but the picture below shows all the cookies (except a small moon shape that we ate pre-picture) from one batch. They worked out really well for decorating as you can see. Considering that we made a more nutritious option with regard to the cookies, we are totally going junk-food as far as decorating with the standard sugar candies from the store, but that was the only option I could find locally. If you are lucky enough to have a more healthful option - wonderful! Also, you could try India Tree (pre-order or purchase locally if you can).

We used a cream cheese frosting (honey and mascarpone cheese or honey and cream cheese), which was very easy to make. You could also try yogurt-cream cheese-maple sugar frosting or a buttercream. These little cookies were very good and you could probably sprinkle with cinnamon and a little maple sugar right when they come out of the oven and have a nice treat, instead of decorating. Or add chopped almonds or another kind of nut to the dough.... Yum! these are really great!

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