Earth Day is on April 22nd and I’ve got a SWEET way for you to celebrate the holiday with your kiddies.
Things you need:
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 scraped vanilla bean
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- blue and green food coloring
- Candy of choice
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat the butter and (1) cup granulated sugar till light and fluffy.
Add the egg, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and beat again.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until ingredients are well combined.
Remove 1/2 of the dough.
Add the green food coloring to the dough in the mixer and beat until the color is incorporated and your desired shade is reached. Repeat with the other ½ of the dough and add the blue food coloring.
Place 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar into a small bowl.
Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out the dough onto one of your baking sheets – you should have 12 – 14 scoops of each color. Divide each scoop in half.
Working with one piece of dough in each color, divide each into 2 – 3 small pieces, then gather them together and gently roll into a ball.
Roll each in the granulated sugar and place on the other baking sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes, or till just turning crinkly on top.
Remove baking sheets from the oven and place on wire racks. Working quickly, place a piece of candy on top of each cookie, pressing gently to adhere. Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 more minutes, then transfer to the wire racks to cool completely.