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Have you thought of making your holiday sweets yet? If not, we can tell you a few people that already have you well taken care of. Perhaps, you fit one of these scenarios:
- You love cookie making, but find yourself spent after a 10-hour baking marathon and needing a good bath from the layer of flour caked on you.
- You have one great cookie recipe, but not an assortment, so your delicious chocolate chips get a little monotonous.
- You are not one to dedicate a lot of time to holiday baking and instead snap off ready-made frozen dough so you can check the: “Made Cookies” box.
- You don’t bake…at all…no way…
If you fit any of the profiles above, we have a solution for you. Let’s help you get those hours back, amplify your baking assortment, and host with the coolest no-effort-for-you treats.
These amazing cake and cookie purveyors are sure to get you singing “Deck the Halls” with their offerings of sweet delights. Each vendor was up for the Hip & Healthy Kids Organic Challenge, and modified (if needed) their indulgences to show you their best organic baking. Let’s see what they’ve cooked up for you.
Catherine Rork is owner of Creative Confections specializing in gorgeous cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. Catherine’s Minnie cake was made with all organic materials and the animal cupcakes pictured are 100% vegan. How does she do it? Well, one of the most reactive ingredients in non-organic baking is synthetic food coloring, so Catherine utilizes organic colorings from India Tree or Seelect Herb & Tea Company. These colorings are derived from plants so no Red Dye #5. Catherine hand selects ingredients using baking staples (i.e. flour & baking soda) as well as brown rice, applesauce, almond milk and/or soy milk. She also leverages vegan confectionary sugar from Woodstock Foods.
For HHK readers, Creative Confections is generously offering their friends & family discount. In order to apply the discount to your order, head over to Creative Confections on Facebook and “like” the page. Tell them Hip & Healthy Kids sent you.
Michele Braun is owner of Mimi’s Cookies. Mimi’s Cookies specializes in beautifully hand-wrapped cookie creations. These 100% organic sugar cookies with royal icing were made especially for a New Jersey Bunco group in honor of Hurricane Sandy victims. Michele is also a fan of India Tree for their concentrated organic vegetable colorants and she understands the importance of avoiding corn syrup and synthetic dyes. She uses ingredients such as vegan cane sugar, unbleached flour, and organic baking powder (aluminum free).
Mimi’s Cookies can be made for any occasion from thank you gifts to party favors, and can also add a special touch to your holidays. Mimi’s Cookies will kindly donate 15% of all proceeds to the charity of your choice. To contact Michele and work on your customized order send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Stay tuned for her new website www.mimiscookies.net)
Lisa Pisano is owner of LMD Biscotti Company and founder of mommy blog – Mom a La Mode. As any Italian can tell you, there should always be biscotti on-hand to go with your cappuccino, so make sure to incorporate these cookies into your holiday assortment. LMD Biscotti makes gift wrapped delights including double chocolate biscotti, chocolate dipped chocolate biscotti and fleur de sel dusted dark chocolate biscotti.
LMD’s biscotti are typically made with non-organic flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs and butter, but Lisa was up for the Hip and Healthy Kids challenge to replace all conventional ingredients with organic ones. With the right organic ingredients (seen here) on hand, and she was ready to bake.
As a treat to Hip and Healthy Kids readers, organic versions of LMD’s biscotti are available at 10% off as a holiday promotion through 12/31/12. (LMD Biscotti Company will also offer a 20% discount on conventional PLAIN chocolate biscotti.) Head over to LMD Biscotti Company to place your order and mention HHK at check out.
Thanks to all for participating in the Hip & Healthy Kids Organic Challenge!