Last year I was lucky enough to be introduced to YumEarth candies, the organic candy made using only fruit extracts and without high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, gluten. peanuts, or tree nuts. These are a dream come true now that I not only have a bigger kid, but also have a toddler who just discovered candy recently. Like most small ones, he is obsessed. While I would love to just ban candy in general, My husband and I also have a sweet tooth so I opt to buy candy that is as healthy as possible.
I of course was not thinking of the dates and agreed to review the candy (organic pops, fruit snacks, gummy bears, and sour beans) and offer a giveaway for the same right after Halloween. Obviously not a smart move adding bags of candy to an already huge candy stash, so I decided to try to do what I usually do with extra goodies: bake with them. I have a surplus of flour at the moment, so cookies won out.
To make the cookies I made a basic cookie like I would use for a thumbprint type cookie, but instead of the thumbprint of jam i pressed the fruit snacks into the cookie 2 minutes before they were done baking. Each of the snacks are shaped like the fruit they represent, and I used two of the same fruit on each cookie. You can use different flavored fruit snacks for a variety of flavors; I just like them to match.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cup flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- assorted YumEarth fruit snacks
- Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar together until creamy.
- Add in the vanilla, salt, baking powder and egg. Mix well.
- Slowly add in the flour, scraping batter from the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Scoop by the tablespoonful onto a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Pull cookies out of the oven and gently press 2 fruit snacks into the center of each cookie. Return to the oven for an additional 2 minutes.
- Let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack until completely cooled.