Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bite size cookies inspired by classic animal crackers

Hello Mommas!

Alisha here.

We're back in business!
WAHOO!! We missed all of you.

We have lots of fun ideas coming your way in the next few weeks, so I hope you keep coming back to check out what is new in our kitchens lately.

MY COOKING STYLE THESE DAYS
When I have enough time and energy, I really do like cooking a lot!! I enjoy trying new recipes. In between my tried-and-true, go-to-in-a-pinch, recipes, I like to try to surprise my husband and my kids with new recipes that I think will taste good. I used to sell Pampered Chef, and I think that maybe I still have a little of that in me. I am not a fan of really expensive recipes that take a long time to cook, but I am willing to take a little longer to make a recipe if I know it is going to impress the people I am serving. It is for this reason that I find myself always on the hunt for new recipe ideas, "borrowing" recipes from cookbooks, magazines, other sites, friends, etc. I hope to bring you recipes that are easy and fun to make, and impressive to serve.

The recipe I am posting today is straight out of my Family Fun magazine. I am also including some of my own personal comments in red. This is an easy recipe that is fun to make with your kid's help! My daughter LOVED helping me measure ingredients, mix the dough, and cut out these adorable little bite-size cookies. In fact, as we were using the cookie cutters she asked me, "Mommy, can we make these everyday?"  :)

"... Uhhhhhhh.. no.. :) ... but I am glad you are having fun."  :)

Serve these cookies with milk to make a fun after-school snack.

THE RECIPE
Ingredients:

 
  • 1/3 cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup  sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons  honey
  • 2 cups  whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon  salt
Directions:
1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl, then use a hand or stand mixer set on medium to blend them until they're light and fluffy. Add the egg and honey and blend well.

2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer set on low, add the flour mixture to the other ingredients, a third at a time, blending well. If the dough is too soft, add more flour, up to three tablespoons. (When my husband tried these cookies he suggested that it might taste good to add cinnamon, as well. We did not do this, but I think he might be right. If anyone tries it will you please leave us a comment and let us know how it went?)

3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the dough between two parchment sheets and roll it into an 1/8-inch-thick circle. (We did not have parchment paper, so I cleaned off the counter top and we rolled it out right onto our counter top.)


4. Form the dough into shapes using mini animal-cookie cutters. (We did not have animal shaped cutters, so we just used what we had: letters and shapes. This actually worked better for our family because it provided another learning opportunity for our preschooler and kindergartener)


(My daughter really wanted to play in the dough, so while the cookies were in the oven I gave here a big handful and let her make what she called a "volcano" :) ....Just one more bonus with this recipe: it gives kids a chance to be creative. Have FUN!!!)

Place the cookies on the baking sheets, spacing them a half inch apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.



That's all there is to it.


OH! And make sure you make a plate for yourself, you super mom, you! :)



Blessings from my kitchen to yours,

Alisha Hughes,
A.KA. Out of the Box Mommy