Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Thumbprint Cookie Recipe That Will Delight Even the Pickiest of Eaters...And It Uses Certified Organic Ingredients from Santa Cruz Organic!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Santa Cruz Organic

I love this time of year because I have an excuse to spend more time in the kitchen baking, which I love.  And, now that the girls are older, they can now help me out.  It is fun seeing them get excited about learning how to roll out cookie dough, help cut out cookies with fun cookie cutter shapes and the best part...taste testing. :-)  Come on, who doesn't like to sample while playing around in the kitchen.  :-)

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe you make each year?  Was it passed down from previous generations, or is it something you created with your kids and continue to make?  For me, I love making a sampling of Italian cookies from treasured recipes my grandmother shared with me.  I also love experimenting in the kitchen and trying to put a new spin on family favorites, either to make them more kid-friendly, a healthier version, or both.  It is always a treat to create a dish or dessert and share it with my family and get their feedback.  Even with my two girls being picky eaters, they can never say no to sampling sweets and tasty desserts I whip up.

This holiday season I will be teaching the girls how to make thumbprint cookies with a recipe my grandmother shared with me.  But instead of using homemade preserves as I didn't have time this year to can due to the girls being sick, I am reaching for Santa Cruz Organic fruit spreads instead.  The name Santa Cruz Organic may sound familiar as I have shared a handful of posts about this product line of tasty certified organic products. 


In season? Always. 

From peanut butters to fruit spreads and even drinks, Santa Cruz Organic has become a staple in our house and lines my pantry shelves. :-)  If you have had a chance to Santa Cruz Organic, especially their peanut butter and fruit spreads, you know why I love them so much -- they are just so gosh darn good! :-)



As you start gearing up for the holidays including dinner parties and gatherings, here are some great tips from the folks at Santa Cruz Organic to help you incorporate their organic product offerings in the meals and tasty treats you and your family whip up in the kitchen...


Happy Organic Holiday Tips

"The holidays are upon us and it’s finally time for the festive treats we look forward to all year! Keep this season delicious and organic with tasty products from Santa Cruz Organic, perfect for making everyone’s favorite holiday goodies! Below are some tips to help you embrace an organic holiday this year.

1.       Get your fruit on – Even though the winter months are ahead, eating a variety of fruits and veggies is still the best way to get a wide range of nutrients. Organic fruit is the first ingredient in Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spreads, making it a better-for-you topping option.



2.       Jump for joy – Get moving this holiday season with fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Sign up for a holiday run or walk in your area or visit your local ice-skating rink.

3.       Go certified – Choose Certified Organic products to make a holiday meal that’s good for your family and for the planet. Santa Cruz Organic offers more than 60 great tasting  USDA Certified Organic products, so you can create a delicious organic holiday meal from start to finish.

4.       Treat yourself! – An organic holiday is all about balance.  Feel good about treating yourself and your family with recipes like this one for Thumbprint Cookies."

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Santa Cruz Organic® Dark Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1 (9.5 oz.) jar Santa Cruz Organic® Strawberry Fruit Spread or flavor of your choice

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 375°F.
  2. BEAT brown sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, egg and vanilla, just until blended. Add flour, baking soda and salt at low speed until combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. BAKE 6 minutes. Using back of teaspoon or your thumb, make rounded indentation in top of each cookie. Bake 3 minutes longer or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Spoon preserves into center of each cookie. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 of 60 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 70
Total Fat Grams: 3.5g
Calories From Fat Grams: 30
Saturated Fat Grams: 1.5g
Saturated Fat Grams Percent Daily Value: 8%
Cholesterol: 5mg
Cholesterol Percent Daily Value: 2%
Sodium: 65mg
Sodium Percent Daily Value: 3%
Carbohydrates: 9g
Carbohydrates Percent Daily Value: 3%
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A Percent Daily Value: 2%
Iron Percent Daily Value: 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Check out www.SantaCruzOrganic.com for recipes and tips on how to live an organic lifestyle.  I love visiting this site for fun and easy recipes to print out and try in the kitchen.  With the cold weather upon us there are some tasty soup recipes available including Apple, Butternut Squash and Quinoa Soup, which has become a hit in our house...and, the best part (besides it tasting so good) is that is so each to make, and better yet, good for you! 

Apple, Butternut Squash and Quinoa Soup
Yum!! My mouth is watering just looking at this bowl of soup.  You can find the recipe here.

So, why not gather the kids and spend a day in the kitchen whipping up family favorite cookie recipes, or get creative and come up with new ones.  Just enjoy being together and creating lasting memories, while enjoying tasty treats you whip up.  And, if you need inspiration, head on over to Santa Cruz Organic and check out their recipes section.  You can't go wrong with the desserts, appetizers, soups, entrees, etc. you choose to make.  And, I know that once you try Santa Cruz Organic (if you haven't already), you will become an instant fan and want to stock up on their delicious peanut butters, fruit spreads, juices and more.

To learn more about Santa Cruz Organic including their current Certified Organic product offering visit http://www.santacruzorganic.com/ today.  You can also stay up-to-date on special offers and money saving coupons, news of new product additions, recipes and more, by following them on their social media channels...


Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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