Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Whole World in His Hands Cookies with SunRidge Farms Chocolate Earth Balls

These tasty cookies are perfect for Earth Day or any day. Delicious cookies full of natural ingredients, with a nod towards one of my favorite children's song. They are super cute, taste great (a little bit reminiscent of graham crackers, but softer and fluffier), and remind me what a wonderful gift we have in this planet God gave us!

What you need:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 chopped SunRidge Farms Whole Supreme Almonds* (see notes)
  • 1 SunRidge Farms solid milk chocolate Earth Ball per cookie
What you do:
  • Cream butter and agave nectar together
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix
  • Add flour, baking powder, and almonds and mix
  • Chill dough 2+ hours or until stiff enough to roll out
  • Roll out dough and cut hand shapes out using your kids' hands
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until beginning to turn goldeny brown
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then press one SunRidge Farms solid milk chocolate Earth Ball into center of each cookie
the patterns I made from my son's hands
My notes:
  • I measured out 1/4 cup of SunRidge almonds and then chopped them, and chopped it actually yielded more like 1/3 of a cup. It isn't necessary to be super exact-they'll be yummy whether you have a meager 1/4 cup or an overflowing one.
  • Be sure to chop the almonds finely enough to not be choking hazards for your little ones. I had to chop mine pretty finely to be comfortable feeding my 2 year-old these cookies!
  • If you want darker colored hands, try replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder and/or rye flour. Just make sure that the flour, almonds, and cocoa powder adds up to about 2 cups total
  • To make your own handprint cookie cutter, trace your child's hand with a crayon or pencil on a paper plate. Cut it out, and then use a paring knife (or let an older child use a butter knife) to cut cookies out around it. My son is almost 3, so if your child is much older than that, your cookies may need to bake longer, and if you are tracing a baby's hand, they may need slightly less time.
  • If you are worried about the chocolate balls melting, you can put them in the fridge while you are chilling the dough and baking the cookies.
  • Don't forget to unwrap the chocolates before giving a cookie to anyone too little to safely unwrap foil.

A huge thank-you goes to SunRidge Farms, who sent me several of their amazing products to try including the almonds and chocolate Earth balls I used in this recipe. They are a company with a serious commitment to sustainability and Earth-friendly business practices, but they never sacrifice flavor to do so. You can read my full review of the products they sent me here. The short version?: SunRidge farm's organic and natural dried fruits, nuts, trail mixes are as delicious as they are environmentally friendly. I didn't receive any compensation for reviewing their products other than sample products and warm fuzzy feelings.

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