Monday, February 6, 2012

beet cookies

beets actually make me want to vom,
but i don't want to die young from eating 
too much red food coloring... 
so i used a bit of puréed beets to make
pink heart-shaped cookies for valentine's day!
the flavor is slightly present, and as someone who hates beets,
i found these cookies really quite enjoyable.
so go ahead and say
i love you
and not
i love you and i wanna kill you with red 40.
for the cookies:
1 stick of butter, softened 
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup puréed steamed beets*
1 1/4 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
powdered sugar for dusting
for the icing:
1 stick of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons puréed steamed beets*
*i used the pre-steamed beets from trader joe's 
combine butter + sugar, beat until fluffy
beat in egg + vanilla + beets
in a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients
combine dry ingredients + wet ingredients
refrigerate for an hour
preheat oven to 350
make the frosting by beating all of the ingredients together
roll out dough on surface dusted with powdered sugar
cut into shapes
bake for 10-15 minutes on baking sheet lined with parchment
cool and then frost


the southern hostess said...

They are certainly adorable! Love it.

Sara Szatmary said...

as someone who loves beets I say "YAY!!"

Sara Szatmary said...

opps I mean "yeh" ;)

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

How clever! PS-I hate beets, too. Yuck.

Lottie said...

This is a very ignorant english girl asking a question which you will all probably laugh at--what are beets?

Jessica @ Chockohlawtay said...

I LOVE this! Such a good idea and I love how you used whole wheat flour too. These cookies look good pre-baking and post-baking too. I definitely support avoiding food coloring too... it's thought to cause ADHD as well.

Lannie said...

ahh way to make me feel so guilty. i have been feeling like i need to eat more real food lately, and less processed stuff, so i made whole pancakes.

but of course, for v-day, i colored it red with.... food dye. should have done the beet thing!

these look great!

Becky said...

I just made these - so good!!!! I don't like beets either (I completely agreed when you said beets make you vom) but these cookies are great! I had no idea what to do with my beets but now I have this great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Cat and Fox said...

Wow, that is a great idea! Healthy and adorable - my type of treat!

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