Organic Sugar Cookies

Organic Sugar Cookies

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add egg and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into cream mixture, blending well.
  3. Divide dough in half. Cover. Chill 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. 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.

Organic Sugar 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!

Laura's First Halloween 2

Laura's First Halloween

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Spooky Halloween Tortilla Chips with Guacamole

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I wish that I was the one who came up with the idea to make these spooky Halloween chips using cookie cutters and flour tortillas, but it was the “Domestic Diva” Martha Stewart! Rather than using cooking spray, I brushed the scary figures with canola oil. My flour tortillas were an organic wheat and corn and an organic whole wheat and corn that I had purchased at Trader Joe’s. What goes perfectly with these delicious and healthier chips other than homemade guacamole! This is the ideal spooky appetizer for any upcoming Halloween party!

Spooky Halloween Tortilla Chips with Gucamole

Spooky Halloween Tortilla Chips with Gucamole

TORTILLA CHIPS:

Ingredients:

  • Large flour tortillas, such as organic wheat and corn, organic whole wheat and corn
  • Organic canola oil
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using the cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the tortillas. Place on nonstick cookie sheets.
  3. Put some canola oil in a small bowl and brush both sides of tortilla chips with oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.

GUACAMOLE:

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • Juice of one lime
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 large Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon+ chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Place the avocados in a large bowl. Add lime juice. Mash the avocados using a potato masher. Add cayenne and cumin. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Spooky Halloween Tortilla Chips with Gucamole