If you didn’t already know, we have quite a few food allergies in our household – my daughter is allergic to peanuts and my husband is allergic to eggs – which means baking often requires several substitutes to make things safe for everyone to enjoy. When Mother Nature’s Sugar reached out to us to send samples of their natural sweetener, I instantly jumped at the offer and started thinking of fun recipes to try with the kids.
Mother Nature’s Sugar is made locally with organic fruit and organic maple sugar. It is available in several flavors including maple cinnamon sugar and maple fruity kick, as well as the original maple sugar and fruits, which is the variety we received. I decided to use our Mother Nature’s Sugar to make some festive Easter cookies, and they turned out great! One thing I appreciated with Mother Nature’s Sugar is the fact that I didn’t have to remember any baking ratios. I simply switched out normal white sugar for the same amount of natural sweetener and the cookies turned out delicious!
I used a basic chocolate chip recipe (found on the back of our chocolate chip package), replacing the usual allergens with “safe” ingredients. You can find the full recipe below, or use your own go-to chocolate chip recipe and a few easy steps to form the “nest” shape!
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup Mother Nature’s Sugar
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 2-1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Mini Cadbury eggs
Preheat oven to 375ºF and cream together butter, shortening, sugars, applesauce, and vanilla until fluffy. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Grease a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 full with the chocolate chip cookie dough. Bake 8-10 minutes until light brown. When you remove the cookies from the oven, use a tablespoon to gently press down the tops, leaving a large enough indent to place your “eggs.” Let cool, top with 2-3 Cadbury Mini Eggs, and enjoy!
These cookies are basically fool proof (If I can do it, anyone can) and I can’t wait to whip up another batch for holiday hosting! What are your favorite recipes to make for Easter? Share them with us in the comments below!
Special thanks to Mother Nature’s Sugar for sending samples to several of our Buffalo Moms contributors and for sponsoring this post!
WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA JO
Samantha is the founder and owner of BuffaloMoms.com. Her friends call her Sam, Sammi, or Sammi Jo. Her two favorite people call her “Mommy.” Follow along with her ramblings on Twitter and Instagram, or on her personal blog, Kin + Kindling.