Who says you can’t have sweets when you’re living on a locavore diet? Not this girl!
MAPLE SYRUP COOKIES:
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar.
3. Add the egg, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sift together the baking soda, salt, and flour. Add gradually until well combined.
4. Use a spoon to form 2-inch balls. Roll in sugar (we didn’t do this). Use a fork to press a cross hatch pattern into the cookies.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.
So clearly this recipe does have a bit of sugar, vanilla extract, and baking soda, so it is not an entirely local dessert. However, compared to any other cookie recipe that I’ve stumbled upon, this is remarkably close to home. Those were my only three exceptions and they accounted for much less than 20% of the whole recipe.
Our rule is that our diet has to be 80% local. Last year we did incredibly well — I would say maybe 95% New England grown foods. This year we’ve dipped quite a bit, but we’re still probably hovering right around the 80% line. If you’re not too strict, this is a great sweet-tooth satisfier!
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