For many people, Earth Day (April 22 this year) is just another day. For someone like me that has a bit of a hippie in them, earth Day is an important holiday and one that I actually love celebrating. While I totally believe in the mantra, “Earth Day, Every Day”, I also love that this holiday gives folks a chance to have those important mother nature inspired conversations especially with how important climate issues are now.
I have made Earth Day Seedling Cupcakes in the past years, but this year, I wanted something a bit different and maybe even a little bit easier. Taking some inspiration from Kitchen Counter Chronicles, I made some earth cookies this year. One big difference between myself and this recipe at Kitchen Counter Chronicles is I didn’t make my own cookie dough. I was having a particularly rough pain day when I went to make these that I compromised with some store bought sugar cookie dough. My favorite is Immaculate because its’ organic and tastes great (not a paid plug, there, I just happen to really love them). I also shaped mine into hearts since I believe that the heart shaped cookie cutter shouldn’t only get some love on Valentine’s day.
I did, however, make my own icing. It’s very simple. You just need milk and powdered sugar. Mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 2 tbsp milk and presto!
Love the Earth Cookies
To Make Love the Earth Cookies, you will need:
Store Bought Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough or your Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe
Blue Food Coloring
Green Food Coloring
Red Food Coloring
Icing (you can use your own or mine, above)
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter or free hand it
Directions to Make Love the Earth Cookies:
Divide Your dough in half and roll into balls. Set aside one half and with your thumb, make a deep indent into the dough ball you have. Drop about 10 blue food coloring drops into it and start to mix it by hand until you get the consistency you want. Add more color if you desire a darker shade.
Repeat his with your other dough ball with green.
Place each ball into the fridge (separate) and allow it to get cold and hard again.
After about an hour, remove from the fridge and sprinkle flour on your surface. Tear off pieces of each dough in both colors and lay them in a random fashion as shown in the image. Gently join them with your fingers and then roll them out with a rolling pins o they are about 1/4 of an inch to a 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out the dough and place on a non-greased cookie sheet and bake according to your recipe. Allow to cool before decorating.
This Earth day, I hope you find some fun ways to celebrate it! We always like the attend the local Earth Day celebration that goes on and plant some things or take a nice Spring hike. Happy Earth Day!