Children love these colorful and festive holiday cut-out cookies that are made from whole foods and decorated with colorful fruits and vegetables. Not only will they not know what they are “missing” compared to decorating with candy, but there is a great chance that they will come to love this new tradition associated with the holiday season.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups choice of whole foods sweetener
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream the butter and in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and stir into the butter mixture a bit at time, blending thoroughly as you go. Pat the dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight.
Lightly flour a cutting board, and roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thick.
Cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Decorate with colorful pieces of fruit, such as pieces of organic blueberry and cranberry, grated carrot, diced cucumber peels, and apricots. Place cookie on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 F oven until golden, about 8 minutes.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.