Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Not-too-sweet Cookies

I don't really cook or buy cookies, but my kids love them as on-the-go snack. We used to buy the Russian tea biscuits just for that purpose, but we're trying to save money and those biscuits are not exactly the healthiest they can be either. In comes Google and cook's intuition. Here is one of the recipes that worked pretty well for us. Note: don't reduce sugar, I've already reduced it by half or more to make them just a touch sweet, but no more than that.


2 large eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil (add if too little), 3 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/3 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, then add in oil, vanilla, lemon zest, sugar. Combine until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare ungreased cookie sheets. Make little balls from one teaspoon of dough and place on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball with a glass bottom dipped in sugar (re-dip after each cookie). Works best if use a patterned glass (I use their Target sippy cups, which creates a sun pattern). Bake for 6-8 minutes.

Here's another, Nantaises Butter Biscuit. When doing this recipe, I halved the sugar, and to save time, instead of cutting out circles, I just made it into a log shape, chilled, and then sliced thinly into circles.

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