Raspberry Cookies make for a fun kid-friendly activity in the kitchen. This recipe uses powdered Natural Food Coloring. Add in chocolate chips to make white chocolate raspberry cookies or chocolate raspberry cookies too!
Growing up I was the kid who wouldn’t touch peanut butter and jelly and my daughter is the same, she won’t eat jelly, but she does like peanut butter. When we go berry picking we end up with so many berries we love to make fresh preserves to use in yogurt, but otherwise, that’s it. Then one day we put some preserves into cookies and it was delicious!
Everyone loves cookies and we even like making them into chocolate raspberry cookies by putting some of our vegan chocolate ganache in the middle and making them sandwich cookies or adding white chocolate chips to make white chocolate raspberry cookies. This raspberry cookie base is very versatile and full of flavor. You can easily adapt them however you’d like with more flavors.
Don’t like raspberries? You can use strawberry preserves with some strawberry extract, blackberry preserves, etc. It’s a fun learning experience for children to see how fruit can flavor and go into cookies when you make your own preserves at home. If you don’t like making homemade jams and homemade preserves you can buy store bought as well.
Raspberry Cookies Ingredients
When making these cookies we use an organic butter that is grass-fed. Unbleached flour, organic raspberry preserves, organic sugar, sea salt, pasture rasied eggs, real raspberry extract, real vanilla extract, baking soda, and aluminum free baking powder.
Natural Food Coloring
For this raspberry cookie recipe, we used natural food coloring instead of artificial dyes. We use all natural food dyes that are powdered. The color isn’t as vibrant or as pink, but kids still love the fun color, our daughter didn’t mind it at all, she enjoyed them just as much as she would have enjoyed an unnaturally dyed cookie. We prefer to use all natural food coloring when we’re baking, but keep in mind that when it bakes it will change colors, it gets dull and loses the color you see before it bakes. We have had more success with natural food coloring powder, not the liquids or gels. You can get creative with the colors and add in whatever color you like. We did half of the batch of cookies with red/berry and then even mixed a little blue into some to make purple.
The natural red food coloring turned a bit darker and lost the pink/red color, but they’re still pretty to us. If you want your natural food colors to stay vibrant they work really well in recipes that are no bake, for example, using natural food coloring for frosting. The colors will stay vibrant. This Unicorn Cream Cheese is a perfect example of using natural food coloring without baking.
We really enjoy this fruit cookie recipe. It makes for a fun sweet treat that has some fruit inside too! You can serve these with some almond milk and a bowl full of raspberries. We love baking cookies and these cookies sure are fun, especially around the holidays. Perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day with the kids!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
- 1/2-1 teaspoon natural food coloring powdered
*optional white chocolate chips or chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
- Mix together the dry ingredients with a spoon in a mixer mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients.
- Once all combined it should form a dough, about 1-2 minutes.
- Take a small cookie scoop and place onto cookie sheet.
- Once you have all cookie dough on the cookie press them down so that they're flat.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly browned on edges.
- Allow cookies to cool on wire rack before filling.