Saturday, January 30, 2010

Basic Cookie Recipe

Ok, so these don't look basic at all. They started as a very basic cookie dough. We made 3 batters. Added a few spoons of raw beet juice for the beautiful pink color, left one white and replaced 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for 1/4 cup of flour in the third.
These 3-colored cookies are inspired by my Bubby who makes many different yummy cookies and should be writing her own blog...
Basic cookie recipe:
  • 4 Cups Spelt Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ Cup Sunflower Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Cup maple syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Combine the flour, baking powder & salt.
In a separate bowl combine the oil, eggs, maple syrup & vanilla.
Mix dry and wet ingredients.
Shape as desired and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for roughly 15 minutes.

This is the most versatile dough I've ever used.

Other things to do with this dough:
  • Roll into balls and partially flatten. Make indentations in the cookie and fill them with jam.
  • Roll out the dough on a baking sheet, top it with jam, oats and coconut for really yummy squares. Add some bits of the cookie dough to the top as well. (baking time a little longer).
  • Make 2 recipes. In the second replace 1/4 flour with a 1/4 cup cocoa. Roll out each dough separately and pile 1 on top of the other. Roll up for beautiful pinwheel cookies. Partially freeze the rolled up dough before slicing to maintain the shape.
  • Add lemon zest & poppy seeds for lemon poppy seed cookies.
  • Add sesame seeds and sliced almonds and replace vanilla with almond extract.
  • Add 2 tablespoons beet juice and use heart cookie cutters to make a little girl very happy.
  • Can be used for hamantaschen
This is a very child friendly recipe. I can't remember the last time I had to make it myself. Plenty of volunteer bakers here making beautiful cookies with this dough. Which leaves me plenty of time for blogging...


Can't bother juicing beets and still want pretty pink cookies? Call Mr. Greens (or go to your local healthfood store) and order some fresh beet juice. When you get home, freeze them in small ice cube trays so you have pink when it's needed.


  1. such a conceitedness bu Bubby makes the same cookies

  2. Wow! those look so delicious! and no food coloring!!!!!!! i must try them