Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day Cookies

Welcome to Red Couch Recipes!  Earth Day is fast approaching, and in its honor I crafted these fun cookies that hold a likeness to our wonderful earth.

 When you make them, you feel like you are back in kindergarten smooshing together the blue and green Play Dough.  Although my children didn't help me make these cookies, it would be a fun thing to do with your children and grandchildren.

Just put some dough together.

Then smooth the dough and flatten it.

I have used this tested and true Betty Crocker recipe over and over again in my cookie baking and crafting life.  It makes a great dough to work with.

Recipe and Instructions:

1 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and almond extract, and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.   Mix well.  Divide dough in half and color one round blue and one round green.  I used Wilton's Leaf Green and Royal Blue colorings.  Mix well until the coloring in the dough is well incorporated.  This does take a few minutes.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. You don't want to refrigerate it too long because the dough might crack when forming. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Take some green dough and put together with some blue dough on both sides. Smooth the green and blue doughs together and flatten into a cookie shape.  Bake in oven for 8 minutes.

 Can you guess the continents?

Most of the cookies just came out looking like abstract continents and ocean, but I think you get the picture.  You could try to form the green dough into continents, but I was very pleased with the abstract look. 


Happy Earth Day and thanks for dropping by Red Couch Recipes.

Posted with the following:  Weekend Wrapup


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH Joni! You've done it again! There isn't ANYTHING you cannot do in that wonderful kitchen of yours. These are SO DARN CUTE!!! I will add these to my STACK of Joni&Jackie's BEST!
Thank you "Again"!
Have a fun weekend,
Hugs to you,

Sue said...

I'm going to try really hard to fit these into my day tomorrow! Perfect! The two you asked about...they look like S. America and Antarctica to me:)

freerangegirl said...

Amazing!!! They look so cute, I can't wait to have a go, they totally remind me of play dough!

Lynn said...

Cute idea Joni! Happy Weekend:@)

Lisa said...

Fantastic idea! I love this!!!

Anonymous said...

what a great idea joni! I love this treat for our mother earth! anne


How fabulous, these cookies cannot get any better and perfect for Earth Day tomorrow! Wish I had one. I'm copying the recipe to make them with my grandgirls. HAPPY EARTH DAY.

Leslie's Garden said...

These cookies are so cute! I bet they taste great too! Thanks for stopping by and telling me about your son's prom. No tux, huh? Good for him, I always felt it was a big waste of money!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Very adorable Joni! You have the best ideas! You make eating funner than it is already! =), and baking too for that matter.

Velva said...

Very nice!!!!


Dianne said...

These are so cute. I just love the look of them and from the looks of the recipe, they must taste great too. Dianne

Marigene said...

Did you make those gorgeous blue and green cookies especially for me, Joni?!

Beth said...

Joni, I love your cookies! Simply adorable, creative, and cute! Happy Earth Day and have a great wknd, Joni.

Danielle's Heartfelt Home said...

You have the best, most creative ideas ever!!! I love these cookies! Perfect for Earth Day : ) Thanks for sharing!

Happy Sunday!

Danielle xo

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

This is brilliant I love them!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Fabulous idea with the earth cookies. You are so creative and I adore your recipes. thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday.

missyg said...

Making these right now with my youngest son! They are chilling in the fridge. He loved the batter and said they were the best!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You make the cutest cookies, Joni! What a wonderful idea and I'll have to save this recipe for potential Nana helpers in the future ;)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

These are so cute--I just want to pick one up and eat it! Perfect for Earth Day! Linda

Debbie said...

OK Miss Super Creative: THIS is a great idea! They really do look like little globes. Wonderful!

BurntApple said...

You did it again! These are absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect Earth Day treat.

Barbara said...

These are fabulous! What a WONDERFUL idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.