Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

I have an old recipe that I love to use for fall cookies that is called an Orange Sugar Cookie.  I took this recipe and converted it to make a very yummy Valentine’s Sugar cookie. 

Go here for the original recipe.

Here is what I did changes will be in italics and noted.

4 cups flour(all purpose or a gluten free blend)-if gluten free make sure to add 1 tsp xantham or guar
            gum-I used Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free blend for these as I was in a bit of a rush
2 tsp baking powder-I wanted to make sure these rose so I used 3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tb orange rind-omitted
1 cup butter
1-3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup concentrated frozen orange juice(thawed)-omitted

As you can see I omitted the orange juice and orange rind.  Instead I used 1/2 cup beets(cooked and pureed) to get the red coloring I wanted.  I also added 1/4 cup of warm water to give it the liquid it would need.

Sift together flour, b. powder, and salt.

Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs.

Stir in beets and water.

Add flour mixture and chill 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Dough will be soft.
On floured surface roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut(I prefer a thicker cookie of about 1/2 to 3/4 inch) with choice of cookie cutter.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.  You can eat like this or decorate.  I made some powdered sugar icing to use on mine.

And now enjoy the yummy cookies with some icing!

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25 comments

  1. Tessa Domestic Diva says:

    I love how you used beets to color these! Did you use them in similar amounts to the orange? Could you taste them? Were they canned beets? I’ve never tried this technique, so I am curious! Thanks for sharing with us on Allergy Free Wednesdays!

  2. Erin Slocum says:

    I used 1/2 cup of the beets and 1/2 cup of water, where I normally use 1/4 cup of orange juice concentrate. Liquid stayed the same but added the beets. They were fresh beets that I cooked up and pureed. I really just wondered what would happen and tried it and was glad it turned out so well! I don’t like food colorings and have been trying to come up with natural food colorings. You can see my post on making the beet puree here. http://www.forhimandmyfamily.com/2012/02/beets-for-food-coloring.html

  3. Maddie says:

    I love that you use beet! That’s amazing and so much better than using food coloring. Probably better for you too. Bookmarking this one. Thanks.

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