Our last post gave you 10 holiday cookie recipes. Here are 2 more made with essential oils, contributed by guest blogger, Heather Koenig!
With the holiday season comes presents, good cheer, and delicious food. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than bake up some scrumptious recipes for your friends and family?
Many of us are working tirelessly to churn out those delicious holiday treats. But are you tired of using those same recipes every year? Why not add a healthy new kick by using food grade essential oils?
100% natural food grade oils
While it’s always recommended to research the brand before you apply internally, food grade oils can complement your recipes in tasty, innovative ways. Applied sparingly in your baking endeavors, these powerful natural ingredients can add flavor and scent to all different types of foods. For example:
- Use orange, lemon, and peppermint for desserts
- Use marjoram and thyme for savory foods like soups
- Use lavender for sweet candies and desserts like chocolate
Why are many essential oils safe for consumption? Well, first off, they are not synonymous with perfume or other chemically-derived fragrances. Surely, they have aromatic benefits, but therapeutic grade essential oils are manufactured without artificial aggregates. In short, essential oils are natural compounds of plants, found in everything from stems to seeds to roots and flowers.
So without further ado, innovate your baking techniques by trying one (or two) of these delicious holiday recipes.
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- 1 cup of molasses
- 5 cups of flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil
- 5 drops of ginger essential oil
- Heat molasses until it begins to boil
- Pour molasses over sugar and butter in a large bowl
- Stir in vinegar until you have a nice smooth blend
- After cooling, add in the egg and essential oils
- Sift and add all dry ingredients to molasses mixture and blend until smooth
- Chill the dough in a covered container for at least a couple hours
- Roll dough and cut with a gingerbread man cutter
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 6 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1/2 cup of thoroughly crushed candy canes
- 5 teaspoons of warm water
- 3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Beat sugar and butter until you get a nice creamy mixture
- Blend egg and then stir in flour, salt, and crushed candy cane
- Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and lay out on cookie sheet
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is firm, then cool for about 1 minute
- Mix up water and confectioner’s sugar to create the icing
- Layer the top of each cookie with icing
- Feel free to sprinkle any extra crushed candy for an added kick
Before incorporating essential oils into your recipes, be sure to use both the right type of oil and a safe 100% natural brand. Read the label to ensure that the oil is safe for ingestion. Once you have all that figured out, showcase your new holiday recipes to your friends, family, and colleagues!
About the Author
A teacher and natural health guru, Heather Koenig is passionate for all things organic. In addition to living a natural lifestyle herself, Heather loves sharing her prowess with others on her website, Essential Oils US (www.essentialoilsus.com/).
Which healthier-for-you cookie recipes will you be trying this year?