Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Whole Grain Sugar Cookies

We are now going on day fourteen million of rain. Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but it feels that way.  The dudes and I were feeling a little cooped in today so we brought the party home......cookie time. Big, messy, doughy, flour on the floor, sticky fingers everywhere, pour some cold milk to dunk cookie party! The rain stayed, we opened the windows, and ate until the rain seemed a little less dreary.

Barley Sugar Cookies 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut oil 
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
3/4 cup sugar (rapadura)
1/2 tsp salt
1tbs vanilla 
1 tbs fresh squeeze lemon juice 
1 egg 
1 1/2 cups fresh barley flour 
1/2 cup kamut, whole wheat, or white whole wheat
1/3 cup thick yogurt or sour cream 

In a mixing bowl cream butter, coconut oil, baking powder, soda, sugar, salt and vanilla together.
Add the lemon juice and the egg, beat together.
Add the flours and stir. The dough will begin to get thicker.
Add the sour cream or yogurt. We used homemade greek style yogurt today with great results.

The dough may need a little extra flour. I ended up adding a dash here and there to give it the correct consistency.

Cover the bowl and let this dough rest overnight in the refrigerator , or for at least seven hours. Once the dough has had a good rest, thickened up, and chilled really nicely you can roll it out and use cookie cutters to bring delight and joy to your kiddos.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

I do not have much luck making really good sugar cookies. They either taste great, but the shapes do not come out right or the shapes come out and they taste terrible. This recipe has worked for me every time. The cookies are soft, more cake like, and perfectly rich. The original recipe comes from one of my favorite recipe books, King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I did some minor "tweeking" such as adding coconut oil, using rapadura rather than sugar, omitting the nutmeg which the recipe calls for, and using yogurt rather than sour cream only because that is what I had on hand. I bet the sour cream would be amazing too.

The cookie cutters we used, cars and trains, came from Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. They did a give away with us a while back and a guest post. I adore their cookie cutters!

Embrace the mess. Make some cookies!

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