Arbor Day Cookies

I know that Arbor day isn’t usually a “food” holiday. However, my daughter knew today was Arbor Day (which I just learned varies by state- there is no one national Arbor Day). She attends a homeschool science class and today was her day to provide snacks. Thus, she wanted to think of something with an Arbor Day theme if possible. We decided together to make homemade graham crackers cut into the shape of trees. They look a little Christmas-y but were as “Arbor Dayish” as I could come up with!

Tree cookies

These are the sort of cookie/cracker that taste even better the next day. Here is the recipe:

3/4 cups butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1-1/4 cups graham flour ( I use fresh ground soft white wheat flour- the equivalent of whole wheat pastry flour- any whole wheat flour would probably work)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Additional melted butter and sugar and cinnamon.

Beat butter until soft. Add sugars, honey, vanilla and egg and beat together well. Add dry ingredients and beat until a firm dough is made. Divide dough into two balls and refrigerate for an hour or so.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a couple of cookie sheets. Melt butter (probably 2-3 Tablespoons) and mix together sugar and cinnamon (probably 1/4 cup sugar with 1 or 2 tsp. cinnamon, depending on what you like- I never really measure this!)

On a floured surface, roll out a ball of dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with shaped cookie cutters or just cut up into squares. For some reason, we usually use a flower shaped cutter when not making them for Arbor Day :). Place on cookie sheet- these don’t spread much, so they can be pretty close together. Use a fork to make graham cracker holes. Brush with melted butter and then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just turning a little brown. Cool on wire rack.

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