Noah’s Kindness Eggless Cookies – Decorator Kits

I decided to take the Noah’s Kindness Cookie Recipe and play.. I wanted to know the following:  1)  Could I substitute an egg replacement made from ground flax seed so my daughter Tamara (the workout mama) could enjoy them; 2) Would they bake well if they were shaped in balls 3)  Decorate with a cloud of buttercream frosting and different colors of sanding sugar mixed together to create the rainbow effect; 4) Create cookie decorating kits for my grandchildren

Please click here to learn about the special baby these cookies were created in honor of and access the recipe HERE

  1.  Yes – Tamara thought they were good using the 3 Tbsp of water to 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed.  Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes before adding into recipe where it calls for 1 egg.  Keep in mind that the flax seed will create a sprinkling of color in the dough.

2).  They did bake up well in the rounds and were faster than creating the log shape in the original recipe.  Bake for 3-4 minutes longer.

3).  This worked well.  Buttercream Recipe – 1/2 cup of softened butter, 2 1/2 cups of powered sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and a Tbsp or two of milk, your choice.  Blend until desired consistency (too thin – add more sugar; too thick – add a little more milk).  I use almond milk.  I placed my frosting into a pastry bag with decorative tip.

4).  The Cookie Kits – I was happy how these turned out.  Using a plastic bowl with a lid, I placed 12 cookies in each (because you want to make sure each child is getting the same number), a small container of rainbow sprinkles with a lid (I put the combination of sugars together which works better than 7 different containers of sugar to deal with), and a small container of white yogurt chips with a lid.  I had a plastic portable file cabinet that used to hold my craft paper and I almost threw it away.  I’m so glad I didn’t – the bowls and frosting fit perfectly and I will use it to take over future projects for my grandchildren.  I took two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper with me so that they each had a workstation on the table to catch the majority of sprinkles.

I find that baking the cookies ahead of time works well with young children’s attention span.  I was so proud of  them both – they didn’t eat any of the frosting or sprinkles while they were decorating which was a first.

I can see these cookie kits being used for holidays, birthday parties, delivering a meal and if you are having little people over to your house as a project for them to do so they can contribute.  How cute to let them finish up the dessert to be served at a family or friend dinner.  I am already dreaming up something fun we can do with these cookies for Thanksgiving.

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What I’ve Read in 2016

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When I was a child, yes, before the internet, one of my favorite things to do was a trip to the library.  The best day at school was when the class was taken to the library to check out a book.  During the summers my group of friends would get dressed up and go to the library.   And, of course, there were those special days when the bookmobile bus would drive into the neighborhood, park on a designated street and wait for me to climb those 3 or 4 steps in to search for a book.  I felt rich as I wandered the rows of books looking for my next adventure, reading about places I had never been and opening my heart and mind to the power of another’s story.  Oh how grateful I am to my family and teachers who taught me how to read. 

Reading causes me to slow down, to stretch myself, to be a treasure hunter and often fact find if what I’m  reading is true and learn from others.  Reading brings me comfort, laughter, leads me to a new idea and often is a restful place to land from my own life.

Because of recently downsizing our home, my commute to work has become an hour longer each day but you know what – it has been a blessing.  Because of the internet and Audible.com, I can now download a book on my iPhone and play it through my car radio.  The little girl in me is delighted for this new library that is so easily available.  The commute flies by.  My coworker and friend, Amy and I started listening to books on our commute years ago.  It is a great way to remind us that the workday hasn’t started yet in the morning and ended in the afternoon.  We have been known to sit in front of her house because we have 15 minutes left and then broke out in applause at the ending while listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I am sure we were quite a sight to those outside the car.

Don’t get me wrong – I also read on Kindle; and I still treasure holding a book in my hands, turning the pages with my highlighter and pen in hand in case something catches my attention. 

This year I set a goal to read 40 books, as well as my bible.  I have met 3/4 of this goal and I am currently reading the kindle version of  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and listen to Among the Gods by Lynn Austin (which is the 5th in the series Chronicles of the Kings – I will be sad to finish this series).  The books of 2016 are a snapshot of my year – learning about people who settled our country,  the kings of the Old Testament, maneuvering the grief of a loved one, many areas of our history – Chicago World Fair and the women who stepped in to work the shipyards during WW2, downsizing a house and discovering there is a freedom in having less stuff, learning to cook more with organics and non-GMO ingredients as well as becoming very attached to a kitchen appliance I’d been scared of – the pressure cooker.  

I have been wanting to document and share my reading list for sometime and with Christmas less than 3 months away, I thought this might be a resource to all my fellow readers.

The Justice by Angela Hunt

The Keeper of the Ring Series by Angela Hunt

The Last of the Mohicans by James Cooper

A Good Yarn (Book 2) by Debbie Macomber

Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

Brides for Brothers by Debbie Macomber

A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin

Faith of My Fathers (Chronicles of the Kings #4) by Lynn Austin

Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings #1)  by Lynn Austin

Song of Redemption (Chronicles of the Kings #2) by Lynn Austin

Strength of His Hand (Chronicles of the Kings #3) by Lynn Austin

The Next Place by Warren Hanson

Remind Me by LN Croak

Magdalene by Angela Hunt

Getting Through the Tough Stuff by Chuck Swindoll

Moving On by Linda Hetzer/Janet Hulstrand

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Where I Am by Billy Graham

The Elimination Diet:  Discover the foods that are making you sick and tired and feel better fast by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malters

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

One Simple Act:  Discovering the Art of Generosity by Debbie Macomb

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

First Easter by Peter Marshall

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E Frankel

Unbroken by Laura Hollenbrand

Rightsize, Right Now.. by Regina Leads

The Paleo Kitchen by Julie Bauer and George Bryant

I’d love to hear what you are reading or listening to.

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Happy Page Turning…

 

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Shortbread Cookies

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This cookie was inspired by a cookbook that a coworker gave me to borrow when she discovered I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables I have enjoyed reading this book and trying a few of the recipes.  Mom and I had fun during Thanksgiving as we made Diana Barry’s Favorite Raspberry Cordial.  Today I took the recipe for Mrs. Irving’s Delicious Shortbread and put my own spin on it.

I was interested in this recipe for several reasons – 

  1. My daughter (yes – I’m shamelessly plugging her site – the workout mama) has a food sensitivity to eggs so it peeked my interest when I saw no eggs were needed.
  2. The cookie recipe only had 5 ingredients.
  3. There was no chill time needed for the dough before rolling and cutting out.
  4. The cookbook is written by the granddaughter of Lucy Maud Montgomery (the author of Anne)

This recipe is a keeper.  Here is what I love about it….

  1. It worked up well using White Spelt Flour.  I will try next time using Gluten Free Flour.
  2. It rolled out so very easy – happiness.
  3. It is easy to add extra ingredients in.  I added 2 fresh vanilla beans into dough.
  4. They are good with or without frosting.
  5. My husband thought they were delicious.

Shortcake Cookies
Yields 24
A cookie that is easily cut out and doesn't require eggs
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Cookie
  2. 1 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  4. 2 cups of flour (your choice) - I used White Spelt Flour
  5. A pinch of salt (1/8 tsp of salt)
  6. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  7. Frosting
  8. 2 Tbsp of meringue powder
  9. 1/4 cup of water
  10. 2 cups of powdered sugar
  11. Sprinkles/Decorations
Instructions
  1. Cookies
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. 2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  4. 3. Cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, scraping sides often.
  5. 4. Add the vanilla bean and incorporate.
  6. 5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder together.
  7. 6. Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture until well mixed.
  8. 7. Dust clean, flat surface and rolling pin with flour. Pat cookie dough into a circle.
  9. 8. Roll out to 1/4 inch and cut into desired shapes. Using a spatula place on cookie sheet.
  10. 9. Prick each cookie twice with a fork. Sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.
  11. 10. Bake for 18-25 minutes - will be dependent on oven until light brown around edges.
  12. 11. Remove from cookie sheet onto cooling rack.
  13. 12. Cookies can be eaten as they are or decorated with frosting and sprinkles.
  14. Meringue Frosting - Note this will make enough for several batches of these cookies.
  15. 1. Place water and meringue powder in small food processor or mixer.
  16. 2. Whip until light peaks form.
  17. 3. Sift sugar. Add in a little at a time, scraping side.
  18. 4. Frosting can be spread on with a knife or using a pastry bag.
  19. 5. Add sprinkles, etc.
Notes
  1. Meringue Frosting (Royal Icing) spreads very smooth and is easy to work with. It will harden and can be time sensitive.
Adapted from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook
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 I chose to keep the decorating simple on my shortbread cookies – I used edible glitter, white candy beads, and a little red sugar but the possibilities are endless.  If there is extra royal icing, it can be frozen for up to a month – Read More

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I’ll be returning the book to its rightful owner along with a couple of the decorated shortcake cookies as a simple thank you.  It’s amazing when we listen with our hearts what we can lend or give to another to make their heart sing.  

Looking for other desserts to make this holiday season.  Here are a few ideas (you can always give desserts a holiday theme with color and sprinkles.)

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Christmas Cupcakes

Almond Joy Bites

Need a laugh – Here you go.

 

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