Earth Day is tomorrow, and we’re celebrating with these sweet treats. This recipe has been circulating around as a popular Earth Day cookie for some time, but we decided to make it healthier with some ingredient substitutions. It’s so easy to sneak in some extra nutrition by swapping out unhealthy ingredients!
Here’s how we made it:
We substituted the sugar for honey, regular milk for almond or soy milk, and some of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. Whole wheat flour is denser and heavier than regular white flour, so we only replaced a half cup of it to make sure our cookies were still fluffy. When using honey, you should also add baking soda to help the cookies rise.
Combine the honey, butter, almond or soy milk, vanilla, and egg. Stir in the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Mix one part with the blue food coloring and the other with green. *Start off with a couple of drops of food coloring and add more until you get the color you are hoping for. With the honey and whole wheat flour, the colors may come out darker than you expect! Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Take some dough from both colors and smooth together. Flatten the ball of dough onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.
As for the leftovers, these cookies are the perfect surprise in your child’s bento box for next week! Or pack them in our XL container and hide them away in the pantry for an occasional indulgence… we promise we won’t tell! 🙂