Aunt Patty’s Christmas Cookies

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When I think about Christmas, I’m always brought back to fond memories of me as a child making these cute Christmas cookies with my mom.

It was a yearly tradition, until I got too old to ask about them. But since my visit home we were randomly sparked with inspiration to dig out Aunt Patty’s Christmas Cookie recipe and bake them for old times sake.

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Complete with matching aprons [mine was from when I was little], we were excited to start baking.

As we were reading over the recipe card, we remembered what makes these cookies Christmas-y is the obvious red and green colored dough.

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We thought it would be a fun challenge to see if we could make these same cookies without using food coloring, but using something more natural and healthy to color them instead.

After racking our brains for a few minutes [don’t freak out], we came up with these two ideas for red and green.

BEETS  and  SPINACH

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We weren’t sure what the outcome would be, but felt pretty confident that we could pull off a Christmas cookie that would even make Aunt Patty proud.

So we gathered our ingredients and quickly got to work.

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Aunt Patty’s Christmas Cookies

adapted by Linzi Alabama & Mama Lotus

  • 3 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Natural green coloring: 1 bunch of fresh spinach
  • Natural red coloring: 1 beet

Step 1: Make the natural red food coloring

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Cut off skin of one beet, and add it into juicer. Easy natural red food coloring!

Step 2: Make the natural green food coloring

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Throw one bunch of fresh spinach into your food processor and chop until the spinach is shredded into small flecks.

Step 3: Prepare dough

  • Cream butter & sugar
  • Add egg and vanilla & almond extracts –beat until fluffy
  • Blend in flour and salt

Step 4: Split dough in half and separate into two bowls.

Step 5: In one bowl add your the spinach flecks to dough and continue to beat until dough is well mixed.

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Step 6: In the other bowl add beet juice to dough and continue to beat until dough until dough is well mixed. 021

Step 7: Roll the dough into small dough balls

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Step 8: Take the small dough ball and roll it out into a snake like form.

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Step 9: Then twist the two colors together and shaping into a candy cane, Christmas stick or Christmas reef on pan. 027

Step 10: Brush the dough with egg white and sprinkle with sugar before putting into the oven. Bake at 350 10-12 minutes.

Step 11: Set on wire rack to cool

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Step 12: Don’t forget to leave some for Santa, accompanied by a glass of his favorite wine. 😉

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The aftermath: These cookies are naturally a little dense and not as sweet as a regular cookie anyway. But we were hoping that the natural food coloring wouldn’t influence the taste too much.

Only one way to find out…

We did a little taste test on my dad, brother, and even J. Alabama to see what they thought of the cookies. [We did not disclose the beets & spinach until after they told us their opinion].

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They all said they tasted pretty good, and reminded them of a biscotti. They liked the cookie because it wasn’t too sweet and said they would be perfect paired with a cup of coffee in the morning.

When we told them about the spinach and beets they laughed and said they would have never even known.

Our healthy and naturally colored Christmas cookies were deemed a success! 🙂

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Hope you all enjoyed our twist on Aunt Patty’s Christmas cookies, we sure did.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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