You might think it’s a little strange (hypocritical, even) to pause in the middle of a blog series on GMOs, and why so many people want them banned and how to avoid them to write about Jell-O Cookies.
Jell-O, of course, being a GMO-laden concoction, which also contains a number of other ingredients that fall neatly under the heading of Bad For You.
But I am a Wildflower and I can do that sort of thing.
The Annual Big Deal Bake Sale at my kids’ school was last week, and as my list of Baked Goods Successes is not exactly Long and Varied, I was somewhat at a loss as to what to make. A number of people requested that I make the same Jell-O Cookies I made last year.
Some weeks, I would have refused, and sought out a more whole-foods option; other weeks, I would have spent hours fiddling around looking for a less toxic alternative to Jell-O, which I might have even found.
Last week, I marched myself down to the grocery store and did something I haven’t done in a year–I bought Jell-O.
Why? Because I was feeling patriotic and knew that these cookies would provide me with a vibrant Red, White & Blue offering for the Bake Sale. (It turns out that I wasn’t quite right about that… but, in this case, it’s the thought that counts.)
Why was I feeling patriotic?
Because of Edward Snowden and this article and video. I am immensely grateful to Edward Snowden for risking his life to warn the People of the United States that our own government is spying on us. We can no longer pretend (or hope) that we are not being monitored. We can no longer be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure — our phone calls, e-mails, texts, and instant messages… the NSA can see and store them all.
And it is my fervent hope that we stand up together and demand that it stop. Now.
Not exactly a topic that lends itself to Bake Sale chatter…
Which leads me back to my Patriotic Cookies:
Cream 1 1/2 cups softened butter and 1 cup sugar. Divide, equally, but unscientifically, into three bowls. Add 1 egg and 1/2 tsp lemon extract to EACH bowl. Mix. Add one 3 oz package of “red” Jell-O to one bowl (I used “raspberry”); one 3 oz package of “blue” Jell-O to another bowl (I used “berry scary”); and 1/3 cup of white sugar to the third bowl. Mix. Add 1 2/3 cup flour, 2/3 tsp baking powder, and 2/3 tsp salt to EACH bowl. Mix. (This is where I found out that I should have used bigger bowls.) Take the dough and roll it into little balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar to coat. Then set them on an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten with a glass or a plate. Sprinkle with some sparkling sugar (I used white). Bake at 400 for about 6 minutes. Seriously, you do not want to overbake these; the bottoms get all brown and yucky-looking. I learned THAT last year… and didn’t repeat my mistake. Cool and bundle in little baggies tied with curling ribbon. This recipe should make about 60 cookies. I didn’t count them. Note: The “blue” wasn’t exactly vibrant… a few drops of blue food coloring might have been a good idea. And the “white” had a slightly yellow tinge… but I used butter from grass-fed cows and eggs from pastured chickens, both of which added a lovely golden hue to the white flour and sugar. I’m sure if you used insipid eggs and butter, the cookies would have been whiter.
Long before Dick Cheney made headlines, I heard the words “Edward Snowden” and “treason” thrown together in quite a few sentences…
According to Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution,
[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”[/pullquote]
If that is Treason, I just have one question. If the Government of the United States is accusing Edward Snowden of Treason for giving the People of the Unites States information about what their Government is doing to them… Exactly who does the Government think their Enemy is?