Wednesday, June 29, 2011

North Dakota Honey Rhubarb Cookie -BHG State Cookie Contest!

Original Recipe by ND Kitchen

 Better Homes and Gardens is sponsoring at State cookie contest. Please go to their Facebook site  BHG Live Better and vote for your favorite cookie! Ahem...North Dakota's. Voting begins Thurs June 29 and runs until Tues July 27th. You will see the tab on the side that says State Cookie Contest.
I was completely surprised and honored to be the representative for North Dakota.  There will be prizes so be sure to stop by and like them on facebook and then keep up with the voting. I would so appreciate you helping me spread the word!
 BHG will be bringing their new Kitchen Collection Cookware Line  exclusively to Walmart. I baked these cookies on the  non stick 15 X 9 baking pan, I have to say I was impressed. The non stick surface is amazing, it has a quilt like surface that truly keeps your baked goods from sticking and makes clean up easy. Lightweight but sturdy with nonslip grips are also a unique feature to this pan.

 The Cookie

1 c butter, at room temp
4 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
4 c flour
1/2 c ground flax
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

3 c diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs water
red food coloring (optional)
Cream butter and cream cheese, add in sugars and honey. When incorporated add vanilla and eggs, mix well. In another bowl combine flour, flax, soda, powder salt and cinnamon, add to creamed mixture.
Place about 1 rounded Tablespoon of dough 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Dip your finger in flour to prevent sticking and form a small well in the center of each cookie.

in medium saucepan over med high heat, place rhubarb and sugar. Note: to use frozen rhubarb   place in colander until thawed, do not press any extra moisture out.
Cook about 5-7 minutes until rhubarb is soft, add vanilla and food coloring. Mix water and cornstarch  add to pot, continue heating until thickened stirring constantly.

 Fill wells with 1 Tbs of filling. Bake at 350 for 8-11 min.
 Cool on wire rack. You may drizzle chocolate on top for a finishing touch.
The light nutty taste of the flax mixed with honey set a great base for the sweet rhubarb filling. If you do not have access to rhubarb you could add any fruit filling or jam. Makes 5 dozen.

Why rhubarb honey?
Did you know North Dakota is the leading honey producer in the United States? 
Did you know rhubarb is a staple here! It is hard to find a yard without it growing in some corner. Rhubarb is a tart vegetable or fruit...the debate goes on. Usually because of the tartness lots of sugar is added to recipes which means..How can it be bad?
 The leaves are poisonous so don't eat them! 
And did you know...
 Flax is a nutty grain full of good for you nutrients that...yep, North Dakota grows 90% of in the US!

Voting goes until July 27th, 2011. 



Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on being picked Shannon, that's great! I'll be sure to stop by and vote for you, the cookies look yummy:@)

Christine's Pantry said...

The cookies look wonderful! Yummy!

LambAround said...

Oh wow, do those look yummy! Of course, everything here always does :)
Happy 4th of July, Shannon! I wanted to let you know that there is a button waiting for you on my site. I have also posted the prizes for the Best of the Best in Show award!

LambAround said...

Me again! I voted for your cookies and posted on my Facebook that everyone should do the same. Good luck! :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those cookies look so good with the way you decorated them. Good luck in your contest! I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a great day :)

LambAround said...

My BEST of the Best in Show competition is nearly over and you, My Little Blogspot, and Flexible Dreams are neck and neck for the 2nd place prize packet. So exciting! Good luck :)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Wow! This looks so yummy. Sitting inside today as it is thundering out. I could eat a whole pan of those!

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