the holidays are coming and it's time to get baking! every year i enjoy getting my arms elbow deep in flour and powdered sugar and butter to make treats for our dear friends that live both near and far. here in the watters household we feel a baked goods spell "love" so we tend to go a bit overboard making goodies both savory and sweet to give as little holiday gifts throughout the festive seasons of thanksgiving and christmas. as i've been slowly growing my essential oil pantry in our kitchen, i decided 'twas time to incorporate a few of my oils into my favorite glazed shortbread cookie recipe. this time, i went with orange, nutmeg, and rosemary and they turned out better then i could have dreamed!
why use essential oils in cooking or baking? essential oils are more potent than dried and fresh herbs. unlike dried herbs, which lose a majority of their healing nutrients during the drying process, therapeutic-grade (not aromatherapy grade, there is a significant difference between the two) oils do not. oils from young living are safe for cooking and dietary supplementation because they have a chemical structure similar to human cells and tissues, thereby making them compatible with human protein. when consumed, young living oils are readily identified and accepted by the body.
i love learning about oils and their hundreds of uses for my family. another mama whom i respect and admire, casey, is on the same journey as i given that we both use young living oils with our families and in our homes. she is a wealth of inspiration when it comes to learning about more ways to incorporate essential oils into your everyday routine. her website is fully dedicated to young living essential oils and is a resource i use frequently as a resource for new ideas. she is a distributer, like myself, and is loving the positive impact the oils are having in her life. i love crossing paths with beautiful mothers that have the same goal as i: let's make a healthy, happier home.
now, onto the cookies!
essential oils good for cooking / baking:
lemon essential oil
lavender essential oil
basil essential oil
lime essential oil
peppermint essential oil
cinnamon bark essential oil
black pepper essential oil
dill essential oil
sage essential oil
tangerine essential oil
shortbread cookie ingredients:
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter room temperature
1/2 cup of powered sugar
in a separate bowl whisk the flour with the sea salt. set aside. in the bowl of your mixer (or with your handheld mixer) beat the butter until smooth (about one minute). add the sugar and beat until smooth (about two minutes). beat in the oil of your choice. gently stir the flour mixture just until incorporated. flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm. preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle of the oven. line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
on a lightly floured surface roll the dough out into a 1/4 to 1/2 inch circle. using your cookie cutter, cut your shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. place on the prepared baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for about fifteen to twenty minutes. do not skip this step! this will firm up the cookies so they will maintain their shape when cooking. bake your cookies from ten to fifteen minutes or until they are light golden brown. cool on a wire rack.
orange essential oil glaze ingredients:
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of water
2 drops of orange essential oil
mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. once your cookies have cooled on your drying rack, use your whisk to drizzle the orange glaze over your cookies. the messier the better!