Raw Spring Sugar Cookies
When I was in college, I used to love to make sugar cookies. You know, the ones you could decorate with all of the fun frostings. I used my Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe, which was amazing, topped off with buttercream in all sorts of shades of eye popping colors. Now gone are the days of me making refined sugar and bleached flour cookies with artificial dye frostings (I know, it sounds so appetizing when I put it that way, but just being honest). But I am not missing those cookies, because I have made new recipes for sugar cookies that are just as delicious, including the one I am sharing with you today.
These date sweetened babies are even better than my Grandma’s recipe (sorry Grandma, still love you, and you gave me a passion for creating delicious food which I appreciate). Can I even call them sugar cookies if there is no sugar? Well too bad I am going to because they taste like it. The dough is freaking awesome, and being a cookie dough girl, I could eat it just in gobs right out of the food processor. But that is not nearly as pretty as shaping it into cookies.
So once the cookies were cut into pretty Spring shapes (I wanted an excuse to use my flower and butterfly cookie cutters), I topped them off with colorful coconut frosting. No artificial colors here, just beet juice, spinach juice and carrot juice which make lovely colors! Don’t worry, you can’t taste the veggies, just the sweet coconutty goodness. It was perfect with the sugar cookies! Vanilla all the way though, just how I like them, and my Grandma would have been proud. If you are a fan of sugar cookies, but not the refined sugar, these are meant for you!
Raw Spring Sugar Cookies
2 cups finely shredded dried coconut
1 cup raw gluten free sprouted oat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup pitted, soft medjool dates (if they are not soft, soak them in water 30 minutes, and drain very well before using in recipe)
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid
1/2 cup raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid
1 heaping Tbsp raw coconut nectar (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)
1/3 cup filtered water and as needed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
For color: about 1 tsp each carrot juice, spinach juice, beet juice
In a high speed blender, buzz the coconut to fine flour (but not too long or you will get butter). Add to a food processor with the oat flour, flax seed, dates, sea salt, and process until well combined. Add the vanilla, coconut butter, and process until smooth and dough like (if it seems too dry add a little more water 1 tsp at a time).
Roll out the dough on a sheet of parchment paper 1/4 inch thick, and cut out with medium sized spring cookie cutters (if it is too warm, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to make it easier to work with). Once the cookies are all cut out, place them in the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes.
To make the vanilla frosting, whisk together all ingredients until smooth, adding a little filtered water as needed (it may seem clumpy at first, but it will smooth out, you want it to be the consistency to pipe over the cookies, so not too runny, not too thick). You can tint the frosting with the beet juice, carrot juice and spinach juice. I divided mine into 3 bowls, and added the color.
To decorate, place the frostings in small pastry bags, or ziplock bags with the corner cut off and pipe decoratively over the cookies. Let the frosting set (it will happen faster if you pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes). Store leftover cookies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
*Note, if you want these to be drier cookies, you can dehydrate them for 2-3 hours at 115F instead of chilling them.
I was first exposed to cooking and baking when I was a small child in my grandmother’s kitchen. I always wanted to help and get in on the action…especially when cookies were involved! After a while though I didn’t cook a thing until my highschool foods class. At that point my interest in cooking was sparked again, and I would often cook meals at home for me and my Mom.
I wasn’t very adventurous in my cooking at that point however, merely following recipes.I graduated from Bethel University with a degree in studio art, but now my real passion is food. I have always been a creative person, but it wasn’t until about 7 years ago my freshmen year at college that I began experimenting with cooking and venturing outside the box, creating my own recipes.
I should have gone to culinary school, but I chose art instead, and even in my later art work in college you could tell what my true passion really was. Many of my recipes are raw, because I enjoy a high raw plant based diet including some cooked foods. I find I feel the best when eating this way, and I think it is important to listen to your own body and what it needs. One of the reasons why I believe that wholesome and organic foods are important is that I am a runner.http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.co.uk