Jan 2, 2010

Made from Scratch: Rich Organic Sugar Cookies

*Chunky and crumbly, these made from scratch cookies are perfect with hot tea or milk.

It's been a long time since I've posted an adventure from my kitchen, and I don't post about cooking often. The truth is, I am not a great cook. But, I have learned you don't have to be a great cook to enjoy cooking with your children. Especially baking--that's a good place to start!

Try out this classic recipe--it's sure to please you, and any little darlings that are craving cookies too. Baking from scratch is a great and easy way to involve the children in the process of cooking. I like this recipe, which makes rich crumbly sugar cookies. To make these, I've also added my own method for forming thick, chunky (almost bisquit-like) cookies which seem richer than the flattened-out flaky sugar cookie version we all know and love as well.
2 sticks organic, unsalted butter, softened (I like Organic Valley butter products)
2/3 cup Organic Sugar (try this brand, found in most stores.  I normally use the Trader Joe's brand)
1 large egg (use Organic Valley found in most stores)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (look for an organic brand, like this)
1/8 teaspoon salt (look for Sea Salt, organic if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I have used almond in its place)
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (try Gold Medal Organic)

Beat on medium speed until well blended the butter and sugar. Add and beat until well combined the egg, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Stir in until well blended the flour. Form a dough and divide in two. Create two rolls of dough and rollin wax paper. refrigerate for 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
Remove rolls and (here's my variation) simply cut directly from the roll forming chunky round medallions. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Some notes: My children love to help me stir the ingredients and help to form the rolls of the dough. Once chilled, they are also experts at laying out the medallions on the baking sheet.

Eat well and Enjoy!

Update: working on a new project to post Monday afternoon! This one will take flight! :)
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Teresa Perea said...

Wow! I am totally jealous! Wish I had the patience to bake from scratch... although I do make tamales, menudo and cookies every year at christmas and new years, but that is it. My family has to wait a whole year for that endeavor!! Visiting from SITS... Happy New Year!

Kathleen said...

Happy New Year! Visiting from Sits!

Anonymous said...

Yummmm, I love organic so this recipe looks awesome!

Alex said...

Happy New Year hun! I am going to try these cookies this week, with almond essence. Om nom nom nom!

I love baking from scratch. I think I must bake biscuits/cookies and muffins twice a week. My New Year diet is going horribly.