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Christmas Bean Cookies with Homemade and Natural Food Dyes

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Bean Cookies with Homemade and Natural Food Dyes
Servings: 36
Calories: 158kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup white beans, canned
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup white beans, canned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup unsifted powdered sugar

Add ins

  • 3 medium beet
  • 3 cup spinach


  • Rinse and puree beans. You will need 1/2 cup of puree. (You can cook your own white beans if you don't prefer canned.)
  • Cream cold butter,  cold bean puree, and sugar together until well mixed. Add eggs and mix until well incorporated. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix just until dough comes together.
  • Place a large tea towel on counter and generously dust with additional flour. Turn dough out of bowl onto tea towel and turn dough over a few times, until it is coated with flour on all sides.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough out until it is uniformly about 1/3” thick. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters and place on large baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies in a 400 degree oven for 6 min. or until undersides of cookies start to turn golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet and frost with frosting (recipe follows). Serve.
  • Beat all ingredients together with a handheld mixer on low until sugar is well incorporated.
  • Then, turn mixer to high and beat until fluffy.
  • Red:  Juice 3 beets.  No need to pre-cook them, just place the raw beets in a juicer, and save the juice.
  • Green:  Juice about 3 cups of baby spinach.  It will produce about 1/8 cup of juice.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g