Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google Plus Instagram RSS Feed

Green Frosting

OK, I’ve already pushed the limits on what is acceptable in terms of green food for the month, what with the Greens, Eggs, and Ham and the Green (Rainbow Chard) Cake. But now I’ve totally gone off the rails with this Green Frosting (click for recipe), made with spinach. Yes, I’ve officially become that mom.

But before you scoff, know that this is partially an effort to raise awareness about food coloring alternatives. Yes, we could have just made a regular frosting and put in a few drops of food coloring. Or, as my four-year-old pointed out, we could have just headed over to Target and bought some cookies with green frosting on them.  But this way we had a cool project to do together, along with some built-in suspense (Will it taste good or gross?), and the end result was healthier than any of the alternatives.

We started with a basic sugar cookie recipe and cut them with a shamrock cookie cutter. I’d normally make a thinner icing, but I was concerned about the texture and look with the spinach pieces, so I decided to go with a richer, butter-based frosting. After the cookies were cooled, we piped on the frosting just around the edges of each cookie.

Can you taste the spinach? No. Seriously – no. Our kids knew there was spinach in there, but when it was time for cookie-eating, they demolished them without hesitation. We’re not likely to go through the effort of making spinach frosting at other times of the year, but for St. Patrick’s Day, we are proud to be eating (and wearing) all-natural green.

Like this idea and looking for more? Check out these ideas on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day without food coloring.

, , , , ,

7 Responses to Green Frosting

  1. Cut `n Clean Greens March 15, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Jeanne, once again you have triumphed using greens! Brilliant solution!

    –Your friendly farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens

    • jollytomato March 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Thanks, Cut n Clean! You’ve got me on a roll here!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Green Day « South Bay Sparkle - March 14, 2012

    [...] you’d like to make your own tasty green treats (without food coloring), check out this green frosting, green cake, green eggs and ham, and other green St. Patrick’s day food ideas from the Jolly [...]

  2. St Patrick's Day traditions - March 14, 2012

    [...] for some healthier green food choices? Check out Jolly Tomato for green frosting and green rainbow chard cake!! After dropping some spinach into my girl’s [...]

  3. Christmas WITHOUT Food Coloring - Jolly Tomato - December 10, 2012

    [...] green dye: Spinach or other leafy greens cooked down; puree and/or use the water from [...]

  4. Deviled Potatoes - Jolly Tomato - March 10, 2014

    [...] Day where there are so many “real” green foods out there? I’m thinking spinach frosting, rainbow chard cake… you get the [...]

  5. "Mint" Chocolate Chip Pancakes for #StPatricksDay - Jolly Tomato - March 11, 2014

    [...] especially when so many other delicious foods are already green. We’ve already gone the naturally green frosting and naturally green cake route; now it’s time to move on to [...]

Leave a Reply