Friday, April 20, 2012

Drop Sugar Cookie Mix

I love the convenience of a mix but the health benefits of homemade. I'm sure many of you are right there with me. Here is a new recipe to add to your list for pantry mixes you can make from scratch. They go together so quickly when you have the mix all ready to go.

Mix all the ingredients together.  I have made these cookies lots of times over the years for my extended family members that cannot have milk. This is the first time I am trying this recipe with bean puree instead of oil though.

Drop them onto a baking sheet.

Flatten slightly with a glass that you have dipped in sugar to keep it from sticking. Sometimes I spray the bottom of the glass with Pam instead of dipping in sugar.

Top with sprinkles or colored sugar. This is always the kids favorite part about helping. You can also sprinkle with jello powder to add some fun color and flavor.

Bake and enjoy! The beans made these cookies a bit more cake-like in texture. They still taste great, they just don't have the crispy texture or light brown color that the oil gives them. They are more like a pumpkin cookie in texture. The kids devoured them so they didn't seem to care at all - Hooray - a new, more healthy snack I can keep as a mix in the pantry!

Drop Sugar Cookie Mix

Combine the following ingredients in a ziplock bag:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

To make cookies add:
2 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil (or bean puree)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix well. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten with the bottom of a glass you have dipped in sugar. Sprinkle with colored sugar or other sprinkles. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before moving to wire rack. Enjoy! Makes 2-3 dozen.

Note: I am just beginning to experiment with bean puree in this recipe. Using vegetable oil gives you a nice, crispy cookie. When I replaced the oil with bean puree, the cookie rose more and was softer, more cake-like in texture - more like a pumpkin cookie. The cookies were still very good, just be aware that they are more cake-like and not too sweet. I will update this post as I experiment a little more.

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