Thursday, September 27, 2012

Easy Cinnamon Cookies

"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." --popular diet joke 

1 cup butter, softened (organic and grass-fed)
1/2 cup unrefined sugar, try this
1/2 cup coconut crystals, try this
2 pasture eggs (local is best!)

2 1/2 cups spelt flour, try this
2 tsp. baking powder, try this
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Optional - reserve a little sugar and/or cinnamon from above to sprinkle on top of the cookies.

How To:
1. Dry Ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt) and set aside.

2. Moist Ingredients: In a larger bowl, combine sugar, coconut crystals, and butter. Using a hand mixer, mix for about three minutes, maybe a little more, until really creamed and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well.

3. Combine & Bake: Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture until a dough forms. Drop by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet, taking care to place about 3 inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar and/or cinnamon (if desired) and bake for 9-10 minutes.

Comments: If you would like them to look nicer (uniform and all that), you could roll the dough into little balls and place onto the baking sheet. I don't have patience for that sort of thing, so I just plop the dough down with a spoon and sort of try to mush things into a uniform shape (if there's anything really out of place). This recipe makes about 25 to 30 cookies depending on the size of your scoops. I think they are better the next day but the little one likes them warm.
Keep in mind these are cookies, they've got some sugar in them. You don't want to make these for dinner or anything, but they are a nice snack and a more nutritious option than the standard cookie out there.
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