We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday, I was going to buy my daughter a box of adorable conversation hearts; you know the kind we all grew up eating only on this special day. The kind we traded with our friends, gave to our loved ones, and enjoyed eating the entire box full of colorful hearts. Alas, after reading the label for the first time, I opted not to this year. *Sigh* A sad day, as these were a tradition in my house growing up. New traditions start today. We will make our own Valentine’s Day cookies using not-so-icky ingredients.

CONVERSATION HEARTS INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Corn Syrup (most likely genetically-modified BT corn), Corn Starch (most likely genetically-modified BT corn), Gelatin, Modified Food Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vegetable Gums (Gum Aracbic & Xantahn) Artificial Colors (FDC Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Blue #1)

Today, we are making heart-shaped cookies; we will be skipping the artificial red food coloring this year (*another sigh*). I’m sure my daughter will eat plenty of Red 40 at school today, so I am going to try to have some “healthier” treats awaiting at home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic and Non-GMO Heart-Shaped Cookie Recipe: 1

Makes 2 dozen to 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients (please try to use all organic ingredients):

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Colored sanding sugar (we like India Tree sparkling sugars made from natural vegetable colorants to avoid artificial dyes.) The pink sugar we are using today is colored from beet juice!
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Fill a heart-shaped cookie press with the dough, and turn out cookies 1 to 2 inches apart onto an unbuttered baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with colored sanding sugars.
  3. Bake until the cookies are lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. To ensure even baking, rotate sheet halfway through the baking process. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

Here is an article on the potential dangers of artificial dyes.

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Notes:

  1. http://www.marthastewart.com/318844/cookie-press-cookies