Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies and New Corny Farm Valentines for you! Last year I shared some “punny” farm animal valentines with you, and the response was wonderful! You all are clearly into cheesy humor just like me!
This year I created some farm animal Valentines for you, but also some fruit and veggies valentines as well, because I was sure they would “produce” a laugh!
I am also sharing our favorite sugar cookie recipe. Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with naturally colored icing.
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Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie Recipe
These cookies are so yummy and moderately nutritious with whole wheat flour and icing colored naturally with beets. I use Prairie Gold White Whole Wheat Flour for all my baking. It is a light wheat flour. If you use a coarse wheat flour, you may want to use half wheat and half white flour.
I also used organic evaporated can sugar for anything that calls for sugar.
Why Frosting Colored with Beets?
I have at least one child that seems to get crazy wound-up when she has consumed red food coloring. I had been wanting to try making my own natural food coloring, and I had some beets on hand. You can look up more specific directions on how to do this.
I didn’t think it could be all that complicated because beets just want to stain everything they come in contact with! I simply boiled a cut-up beet for about ten minutes with very little water. I then used the water in the pan and squeezed the beet with a coffee filter. I added about a tsp to my icing. The color is quite pretty.
Here is a cute printable recipe if you would like it.
Printable Recipe for Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Beet Colored Icing
Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Beet Colored Icing
- 3 sticks Butter softened
- 1½ cups Sugar I like organic evaporated cane sugar
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 5 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour I use Prairie Gold White Whole Wheat Flour, it is a lightter wheat flour. If you only have a coarse ground wheat, you may want to mix in half white flour for good results.
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, (a stand mixer is ideal). Cream together the butter and sugars until completely combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla. Mix in the flour two cups at a time, along with the baking powder and salt. Add the remaining flour and mix until the dough is smooth.Dust the counter with a mixture of flour and powdered sugar. Roll the dough out to approximately ¼" thick. Cut the dough into shapes. Place onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Don't over brown them, just until the edges are set and slightly browned.To get the beet juice for the food coloring, I just chop up and boil one beet with barely enough water to cover the bottom half of the beet. I boiled it for about ten minutes until the water was nearly gone. Then after the beet is cool, I squeeze all of the beet liquid into the pan using a coffee filter.
- Measure two cups of sifted powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add 1-2 Tbs of milk. Stir until the consistency is smooth and spreadable. You don't want it too runny, but not too thick either. A bit thicker than honey is perfect! Add in a few drops of your beet coloring until you reach the desired color.
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