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I find sugar cookies to be so completely comforting and very personal. For me this is because people all over the world can use the same basic recipe and yet they all come out so very unique. Kids and adults both enjoy designing, decorating and of course eating them. A basic sugar cookie recipe uses 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 2 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 beaten egg and 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour. I was really missing a good ole’ sugar cookie recipe in my raw little raw world so I set out on a mission to create a healthier version and I accomplished just that. :)
Shaping sugar cookie dough is perhaps the most fun part of this recipe. You can roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters. If you don’t have a collection of cutters, cut shapes out of cardboard and trace around them with a sharp knife. You can also make slice-and-dehydrate cookies with the dough. Shape it into logs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate. Once chilled, slice and dehydrate. These cookies can be colored, decorated with sprinkles, slathered with frosting, or even topped with jam.
Back in the day, while living in Alaska, my mom and I got into this bad habit of purchasing A sugar cookie from the local 7-11 gas station. I emphasize the word “A” because it was only ONE cookie… ONE BIG COOKIE! lol They were addicting. They were large in diameter, super thick, and so delicious!
These cookies where soft and each bite was like sinking your teeth into a chewy cloud (can’t you just imagine a chewy cloud? :) They were sweet but not to sweet to where you couldn’t finish it. If I recall, they must have been about 4-5 inches in diameter and about 1/2″ thick.
Not only that they were then topped with a delicate, mouth-watering pink icing which was then adorned with sprinkles. Not so bad for 7-11 huh? haha If memory serves me right, they had about 400 calories per cookie. Oy-vey. But long gone are those days and those cookies… till today! The cookies made from this recipe remind me of those chewy clouds and now I am a happy camper knowing I can enjoy them whenever I wish and they are made with healthy ingredients. Mission accomplished.
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Want to make it even more fun? Slide a sucker stick or skewer into the cookie and make it a cookie-pop!
Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 8:55 am. Filed under: Cookies, Nuggets & Balls, Holidays & Parties, Members Only Tags: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Soy Free, sugar-free, Vegan RSS 2.0 feed.
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