Since I first mentioned this in a video, I’ve had several questions about the topic. Rather than send you into some heavy research, you’ll see my favorite infographic that gives you a quick overview of specific dyes and their “issues” at the bottom of this post.
Important: While many of these dyes (and preservatives, flavor enhancements and other food related chemicals) be labeled by the FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), it’s important to know that they are tested in small amounts WITH NO OTHER FACTORS INCLUDED. Now consider an abundance of GRAS chemicals we’re exposed to an a daily basis and that’s where the concern arises.
You can learn more about how this effects children by clicking the link below and I can vouch for it first hand! After cleaning up our diet, my youngest’s diagnosis of “significant to severe ADHD” was greatly improved!
These are favorite holiday treats at our house! I bought these cookie sheets a long time ago and the exact ones are no longer available BUT Wilton has an updated version*! The original recipe calls for shortening and a few other chemical-y things that I’ve replaced. The result is a brownie-like texture that we really enjoy and it makes enough for 2 giant gingerbread men!
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or Stevia)
1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream together sugars, butter, molasses, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer till smooth.
In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; add dry mixture a little at a time to the wet mixture, stirring as you go.
For large gingerbread men, don’t spread dough all the way to the edges
Bake for around 30 minutes (depends on the oven). I set my oven to “convection” so I can cook both pans at one time. For a crisper cookie, set oven to “bake” and cook one sheet at a time.