Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving with Omnis & an Easy Sugar Cookie

Thanksgiving morning the family was feeling pretty lazy.  No one was in a rush to get out of their pajamas. In fact it was after one o'clock before anyone even thought about showering or getting dressed! I hung out in the kitchen making a green bean casserole that I would take to my Parent's for Thanksgiving dinner and the kids and I decided to bake some cookies.

I really wanted to make a cinnamon sugar cookies but I couldn't find a recipe I liked. I stumbled upon this recipe for sugar cookies that were flavored with lemon. I adapted them to make them cinnamon sugar cookies.

But, before we get  to the cookies- a little bit about Thanksgiving dinner.  Once we actually got ourselves moving and out the door to my Mom and Dad's we had such a nice family Thanksgiving meal. We are living proof that a vegan and a bunch of omnivores can coexist at the same table peacefully and lovingly.  With a little bit of preparation by both my Mother and myself we all had a meal fit for kings!

We started out with stuffed artichokes (my Mom made me one separately with no cheese). It was delicious! Reminds me of my childhood- I loved these growing up and I still do!  I have made them and they are good but nobody can make these as well as my Mom!

Childhood memories!

While everyone else dined on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner I had a potato stuffed lentil mushroom loaf  with gravy, green bean casserole, roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, onions, chickpeas) and cranberry sauce.

Dinner fit for a king!

And for dessert? A baked honey crisp apple. Earth Balance butter, brown sugar, raisins. Yum.

Simple yet elegant.

I am thankful beyond words for my family and their support, understanding and tolerance.  Especially these two!

The best kids ever!

Now, on to the cookies! After, all it is now the season to get baking, right?

Easy  Sugar Cookies

1 cup organic all purpose flour
1/2 cup organic, unbleached granulated sugar + 2 tbsp
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp organic ground cinnamon

In a bowl add the Earth Balance butter and the 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.

In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together.  Add about half the dry mixture to the butter mixture and beat.  Add the rest of the flour and beat until a soft dough is formed. Note: the dough may be very crumbly so use your hands to create a dough ball.

Form the dough into a log shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.

When you are ready to bake the cookies preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the rest of the sugar and the cinnamon into a small bowl.

Once dough has been refrigerated unwrap and form into small balls (a little more than a tsp worth) with your hands.  Roll in the cinnamon sugar and place well spaced on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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