Butter Cookies with Essential Oil
Essential oil cooking recipes bring a beautiful concentrated flavor like none you’ve experienced before. Basic Butter Cookies are a classic cookie recipe that never goes out of style. You can add just about any flavor to it by adding your favorite therapeutic grade essential oil. (Note to the baker, fragrance oil is not what you want to use. We carry a variety of pure oils at Friedrich's Market).
Baking with essential oils is better than using extracts. Lemon and peppermint extracts, for example, are made with alcohol and this often changes the flavor of your goodies. So why add alcohol to your baked goods when you can use just a few drops of pure essential oils?
This is a simple butter cookie that can be used in a cookie press, as a drop cookie or made into a roll and sliced. There is no mystery cookie for a cookie press...any stiff butter type can be used. Just be sure to chill the dough for an hour so it keeps its shape while baking.
The tradition of using EO is an ancient one, dating back thousands of years. Used for physical healing as well as emotional well-being, these are powerful, natural substances that provide a healthy boost when used in the kitchen.
Ingredients: 6 cups All purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cup white sugar 2 cup butter or margarine 2 egg 6 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add 3-5 drops of food grade Essential Oils to your cookies.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Mix well.
Add the butter and mix.
Add egg, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well. (I recommend chilling the dough for an hour)
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Shape dough into little balls and press down with a fork or use a cookie press. (About 1/4 to 1/8 thick.)
Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 5 - 8 minutes or golden brown.
OILS USED IN COOKING
Most people have never cooked with essential oils either due to lack of familiarity, lack of access, or the common repetition by many aromatherapy sources that say not to ingest them. One secret of the food industry is that essential oils are used in packaged foods as a source of extra flavor. Anyone consuming canned, frozen, or even boxed foods is almost assuredly already eating essential oils and a large list of essential oils is approved by the FDA for consumption as safe. While they are potent, and best used with care, my feeling is that people are missing out on an amazing sensory experience skipping these ingredients in their cooking.