Tuesday, February 1, 2011

| healthy molasses cookies |

I found this recipe online a few months ago when I was looking for iron-rich foods to feed my son. After making these, I have to say that I probably love them more than he does. They are so tasty and wholesome. They don't have any sugar, but the molasses is so rich you'd never know it. They are super winners. I can imagine they'd be excellent if you added dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, chips, etc. But they are also just lovely "as is."

Baby’s First Molasses Cookie (Iron-rich)

1/4 c molasses
1/4 c butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 c flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 c baby cereal
3 tablespoons whole milk

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly cream molasses and butter. Mix in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to the butter mixture. Blend. Stir in milk. Drop on a nonstick cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Yields about 2 dozen cookies.

• The RDA of iron for infants 7-12 months old is 11mg/day and for toddlers 1-3 years old is 7mg/day. Each cookie provides about 2 mg of iron.
• Iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C, so I usually add fruit: a mashed banana, raisins, cranberries, half a can of pure pumpkin... The banana and pumpkin make cookies with a more bread- or muffin-like texture.
• Milk and egg whites are not recommended for kinds under 1. You can substitute breast milk, soy milk, or formula for the cow's milk. Two egg yolks can substitute for the egg.
• My kids enjoyed the "ginger snap" flavor that the molasses adds. Honey can be used for a more mild flavor. Keep in mind, though, that honey contains a toxin that little tummies are unable to break down until about 9 months. Honey is generally not recommended in kids under 1.
• With Ezra's dairy allergy, I usually sub oil or applesauce for the butter and soy milk for the cow's milk.