When baking one of my favorite cookies, I was able to use all organic ingredients, except for the baking powder and the decorations. I did search the internet for organic colored sugar, but could only find “natural” sugar. I was able to find organic food coloring, but it was $9.99 for 1 ounce and the manufacturer could not guarantee the flavor, if subjected to heat. I would then have to make my own sugar. Fortunately, no one in my family has any known sensitivity to food dyes. With that being said, I decided to use what I already had in my pantry, since I rarely bake and decorate cookies. For those who prefer not to use colored sugar, the cookies are still quite festive using Halloween cookie cutters and plain sugar!
The sugar cookie recipe that I am sharing with you is one that my mother used when baking cookies for my sister and me. In fact, my mom made them using margarine, OMG! These delicious cookies are tender and with a delicate buttery taste and hold their shape well for decorating, whether you decorate using sugar or royal icing.
- ⅔ cup organic butter
- ¾ cup organic sugar
- ¾ teaspoon organic vanilla
- 1 organic egg
- 2 cups sifted organic flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- Colored sugar
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (ghost’s eyes)
- In a large bowl, thoroughly cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add egg and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into cream mixture, blending well.
- Divide dough in half. Cover. Chill 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until it is ¼-inch thick. Cut into desired shape using a cookie cutter. Decorate with sugar. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Makes about 2½ dozens cookies.
My Favorite Little Pumpkin
The pictures below were taken twenty years ago, when my daughter, Laura, was five-months-old. They were taken on a beautiful fall day in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. I was quite crafty back then, because I made her costume. I was quite practical too, because she wore it the next year as a walking pumpkin! These pictures bring back fond memories of our little girl and our days in Colorado! For those of you, who participate in the holiday, wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!