Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cookies (honey-sweetened & naturally colored)

Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cookies (honey-sweetened & naturally colored)

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xPBM0mD846c/UNd4qUhaB2I/AAAAAAAADKM/kMXPbgFGmgE/s1600/CPcookies.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="425" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xPBM0mD846c/UNd4qUhaB2I/AAAAAAAADKM/kMXPbgFGmgE/s640/CPcookies.jpg" width="640" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bChristmas is almost upon us!/b Wow, time just flies. It has been so fun doing the a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=118014&c=ib&aff=166133%22%20target=%22ejejcsingle" target="blank"Truth in the Tinsel advent ebook/a this year. My girls are really enjoying the crafts and doing a great job of summarizing the story leading to Jesus' birth. I'm already looking forward to next year's advent... I'm thinking of finding something new to change it up./span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vT8jTRu4XgU/UNd44sOsvXI/AAAAAAAADKc/BvA4jnwOvmo/s1600/DSC0022.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vT8jTRu4XgU/UNd44sOsvXI/AAAAAAAADKc/BvA4jnwOvmo/s1600/DSC0022.JPG" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"bbr //b/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bThis past week I attended a cookie exchange party hosted by some missionary friends in the city/b. It was nice to enjoy some much-needed fellowship, catch up with friends and make some new friends./span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"It took me a while to decide what cookies to make and bit had to be simple, easy to travel /b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"b& healthy./b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"I googled around and decided to make candy cane shaped cookies using chocolate peppermint cookie dough and plain cookie dough colored with... b/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"eet powder./span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bYep, you read that right... beet powder./b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bbr //b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Now, don't make the yucky face... I know what you are thinking. bThey /b/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bdid not taste at all like beet!/b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bbr //b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"I was bVERY/b surprise.b I was expecting at least some beet flavor, but... nada!/b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"The beet powder did a good job of giving the plain cookie dough a light pinkish color. Even my girls were thrilled to have some "colored" cookies!/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bIf my girls liked them... I'm sure you will too!/b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bbr //b/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"These cookies were lightly sweet, buttery and chewy. I'm sure some frosting on top would be delightful. Also, /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"If you don't have any beet powder... skip it and enjoy white dough!/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qsquXtlWSb0/UNd4-VwUvYI/AAAAAAAADKk/omu57tGWs0/s1600/DSC0023.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="424" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qsquXtlWSb0/UNd4-VwUvYI/AAAAAAAADKk/omu57tGWs0/s640/DSC0023.JPG" width="640" //a/divbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bMy family and I wish you all a very beautiful Christmas and a wonderful New Year to come!/b/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a 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mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} /style![endif]-- !--StartFragment-- br /div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"bspan style="font-family: Arial;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"br //span/span/b/divdiv class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"bspan style="font-family: Arial;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cookies/span/span/b/divdiv class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"bspan style="font-family: Arial;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"(honey-sweetened & naturally colored)/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 15pt;"/span/span/b/divdiv class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Arial;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"makes 80-90 small cookies/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"bspanRed Dough/span/b/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"3 3/4 cups whole white wheat flour or all-purpose flour/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"4 Tbsp beet powder/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1 tsp baking powder/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1/2 tsp baking soda/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1/4 tsp sea salt/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"3/4 cup honey/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"2 sticks cold butter, cut into chunks/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"2 eggs/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"2 tsp vanilla extract/span/divbr /div class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"bspanChocolate Dough/span/b/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"3 1/2 cups whole white wheat flour or all-purpose flour/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1/2 cup cocoa powder/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1 tsp baking powder/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1/2 tsp baking soda/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1/4 tsp sea salt/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"3/4 cup honey/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"2 sticks cold butter, cut into chunks/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"2 eggs/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"1-2/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"span  /span/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"tsp peppermint extract/span/divbr /div class="MsoNormal"/divollispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"In a mixer, cream the butter and honey. When creamy, add the eggs and extract. Once combined, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Scrape the bowl and don’t overmix./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Pull together the dough and scoop it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough together into a log shape and wrap it up in plastic wrap. Let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Repeat with chocolate dough./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly greased cookie sheets./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"When chilled, pull both doughs out and cut slices. Roll out each slice into long ropes. Do the dough in batches and keep the extras in the fridge to prevent the dough from getting gooey./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Put together the ropes of red dough and chocolate dough. Cut the ropes about 4-5 inches long. Twist and press together gently to prevent the dough from tearing./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Shape dough into candy canes or any shape you want./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"Place on greased cookies sheets and bake for 10-15 mintues./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"When done, let the cookies rest on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely./span/li/olbr /div class="MsoNormal"spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #cc0000;"br //span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"spanbspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #cc0000; font-size: large;"Now I am curious to know what other foods I can use to naturally color my baked goods! Any suggestions and ideas?/span/b/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"spanbspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #cc0000; font-size: large;"br //span/b/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"spanbspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #cc0000; font-size: large;"br //span/b/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"spanbr //span/div!--EndFragment--

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