Monday, February 11, 2013

Almost Healthy Sugar Cookies

Being that it's Valentine's week, I could not resist another yummy Vday treat post. And it is a seasonal favorite around our house... meaning that we make these for every season! Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter.... no joke Little Man adores these cookies! The best news? In the grand scheme of cookies, these are not horrible for you (but the taste will never give you away!)

1 1/4 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 cup sugar
1 TBSP Flax seeds
3 TBSP warm water
2 TSP Vanilla
4 cups flour
1 TSP Baking Powder

2 cups powdered sugar
1 TBSP Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 TBSP Soy or Almond Milk
1/2 TSP Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F
Mix flax seed and water together to make flax egg.  Let sit 3-5 minutes.
Cream together butter and sugar using electric mixer. Mix in flax egg and vanilla.
Add in flour and baking powder a cup at a time. 
You will need to hand hand mix the last cup!
When fully mixed, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Once chilled, roll the dough onto floured surface and cut out shapes. 
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes. (cookies expand so leave some space!)
Allow to cool completely prior to frosting.

Mix together powdered sugar and Earth Balance spread. 
Add in vanilla, then milk.
Stir until there are no lumps. 
For best results, use gel food coloring!
Paint your cookies and garnish with chocolate chips, sprinkles, red hots..... whatever works!

And since no real eggs are used in this recipe - the kids (and ME!) love to taste the dough!

Now, gather your ingredients and start baking!

Little Man decorating Mickey Mouse cookies

His skills have improved with lots of practice painting cookies!

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