Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas sugar cookies....the healthier type

Hello all!  I began writing this post yesterday and although I attempted to complete it several times throughout the course of the day, here I sit still trying to figure out how to write a creative and interesting introduction to the sugar cookies.

Has that ever happened to you?  You begin something with every intent of finishing it, but "stuff" gets in the way.  For me, I suspect it's a result of having too many projects on-going at once.  The benefit is I feel incredibly busy...but almost like a hamster on a wheel that keeps going and going but not feeling as though I'm going anywhere?  That's how I have been feeling as of late and I'm not sure how to get out of it...

So let me try to get my thoughts together and share with you a very sweet idea.  Not only because these are sugar cookies, but because each comes with a beautiful message for the recipient.  

When my friend Carolyn shared her chocolate tea bag tags, I was immediately inspired to make something similar.  Problem is, I'm not much of a baker and so I asked my little sister - who is the new up and coming baker in our family - to help me out.  She of course delivered and aren't they so cute?

My sister used this basic sugar cookie recipeBelow is a healthier option.

Healthier Sugar Free Sugar cookies
1/4 cupButter, softened
1/4 cup Baking stevia OR 3/4 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 
1Whole egg
1/2 tspVanilla extract
1/2 tspAlmond extract (or an additional 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1 cupAll purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
1/4 tspBaking powder
1/8 tspSalt
Dark chocolate for melting (optional)

- In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar substitute with a mixer until fluffy. 
- Add egg and extracts, beating until combined. 
- In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet until just combined.
- Wrap dough and place in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes or until dough is cold.
- Once chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes.
- Place on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
- Allow to cool on baking rack.
Once cool, melt dark chocolate and dip cookie in chocolate if desired.

I used some pretty paper from Canvas Corp and stamped several words that convey the Christmas spirit.  I then attached the tags to the cookies using baker's twine and placed them inside a little wooden tea box. 

These would make great gifts for friends and family, don't you think?  I especially love the idea of writing or printing a message on the tag.  That would make any cup of tea complete! 

Well, I did it!  I wrote a post without any interruptions and hour long pauses in between!  We'll see how the balance of the week unfolds. 

Oh - I also wanted to let you know that today I have the incredible honour of being a guest contributor over at FOLK lifestyle.  It's the official blog of the amazing FOLK magazine and they kindly invited me to share my fall mantel with their readers.  If you have not made them part of your reading log, you are missing something great.  Some of the contributors include Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farm, Vanessa and Heather from At the Picket Fence, my friend Kelly from Eclectically vintage and Donna from Funky Junk...just to name a few. 

Wow - what a power house of women, don't you think?  Ben (who is the editor) sure did his homework! 

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  I hope you have a great day!

much love,


  1. they look so sweet lucy i love them xx

  2. The cookies look fabulous and I love the backers twine... Very nice touch. What kind of branches are on the spoon? I am a follower on folk's blog. Would like to read a magazine before I subscribe.

  3. These are so beautiful! Gorgeous job as always :)
    Congrats on being in Folk!!!

  4. I am definitely going to try these. I don't eat any sugar and I am always looking for good sugar free recipes. Thanks!

    Yours look so darned cute!!!! xo Diana

  5. Have you tried pure coconut palm sugar? It is also a great substitute for white sugar and considered much healthier. Even Dr. Oz likes it. I love to bake and my husband's family all have a horrible sweet tooth. Unfortunately, several of them are diabetic so I switched to the coconut sugar for them. I now use it in their baked goods and they love it, yet, it doesn't shoot their sugars through the roof. It adds a somewhat brown sugar kinda flavor. It's really very good.

  6. Love your sugar cookies! What a clever idea! And yay for you! How exciting! You're stuff is amazing, so I can see why they would want ya! : )

  7. I'm not a baker either but I might try these with the store bought ready made sugar cookie dough (not healthier but easier). The tags just make the cookies. Thanks for sharing!


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