I did manage to get this shot of the Littlest Pirate.
November 1st is his birthday. I did happen to get a couple photos of that but not many either. I had a meeting I had to go to so I made is cookie, gave it to him, gave him his gift, watched him unwrap it and squeal with delight, and then ran out the door. :o( He turned the big 2 this year.
We opted for a Train Cookie rather than a traditional cake. JEB is train obsessed right now. He was so thrilled when he saw it. What wasn't to like; trains and candy, the best! His big sisters decorated it for him.
He kept blowing his candles out before we could get a shot. We did it 3 times and gave up. He and his daddy did have fun though.
When I did get home from my meeting, JEB greeted me at the door and let me know what he thought of his present.
"Love a train!"
More train madness.
The cookie recipe used is an adaptation of the traditional sugar cookie recipe I use. I tried subbing some more healthful ingredients. We all loved it.
Flaxseed "Sugar" Cookies
Mix and set aside:
2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
In a mixing bowl cream:
1 cup butter
1 cup sucanant
When this is fluffy, add
:1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
Really mix this well and get it good and fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate 2-3 hours.
*(a note on the addition of nutmeg, If you are going to bake these right away, the nutmeg flavor is a little strong so in that case I leave it out. However, if you can leave the dough in the fridge for a couple of days, the nutmeg mellows out and gives these cookies the most wonderful flavor.)
Roll the dough out on a well floured surface to about 1/4" thick. Cut as desired. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 375*F for 10 - 12 minutes.
Personally I like these cookies a little brownish. I like them crispy. Just my own personal preference.
I did frost these with the thinest bit of buttercream frosting.