February 14, 2011

Carrot Apple Cookies – A Heart Healthy Salute to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  Love is in the air, the fragrance of roses wafts around every street corner (or maybe just in my mind), and the promise of chocolate looms.  A heart in love should also be a healthy heart, which motivated me to craft a tasty cookie that is equally wholesome.  The apple and carrot in this recipe keeps the cookies moist while lending a subtle sweetness.  The whole wheat flour adds a hearty, almost nutty flavor which pairs nicely with the texture of the fruit and veggie here.  Whole wheat, carrots and apples… a love that will last forever.

Carrot Apple Cookies
½ cup grated carrot
¼ cup grated apple
1 ½ Tbs lemon zest
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
10 Tbs butter (1 ¼ sticks butter), softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the carrot, apple, lemon, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugars.  Add the flour mixture and stir together until thoroughly combined.  Divide the dough into two equal portions, flatten into a disk shape and wrap each in plastic wrap.  Chill the dough disks for thirty minutes.

After half an hour, remove one of the disks and place onto a lightly floured countertop or large cutting board.  Roll the dough to about a ¼-inch thickness.  Dip your cookie cutter into a small bowl of flour, then cut the cookies and arrange on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the cookies before baking.  Pop into the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until slightly browned.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  Enjoy to your heart’s content!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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