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Earth Day Cookies

Elizabeth Mayhew


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Green and blue food coloring
  • Heart sprinkles or red food coloring (optional)

Chef notes

These creative cookies with blue and green cookie dough are perfect for celebrating the Earth — on Earth Day or any day!

Swap option: Save some time by using store-bought sugar cookie dough.



Preheat oven to 375°F.


In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.


In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add dry ingredients and combine until incorporated. Do not over-mix.


Divide sugar cookie dough in half between two bowls. (If you want to make red hearts, scoop out of each bowl approximately 2 tablespoons of dough to which you will add red food coloring.) Add green food coloring to one bowl of dough and blue to the other until desired shade of both colors is reached.


Using a small scoop or spoon, scoop up a bit of blue and a bit of green and roll into a ball. Place dough balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet several inches apart (the cookies will spread!). Using a flat-bottomed glass, dip glass in sugar and flatten each dough ball into a disc. If you want, either place a heart sprinkle on each cookie or roll out the red dough between two pieces of parchment and using a small heart cookie cutter, cut out enough hearts so that you have one for each cookie. Place one heart on each cookie and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating cookie sheets halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.