Blue Hen Cookies—Boise, Idaho
Alison Anton—Local-Food Advocate & Cooking Instructor
Blue Hen Cookies was baked into being by a fortuitous happenstance: While on hold from teaching cooking and fitness during covid year-1, I thought I’d use the time to experiment with flour from small farms in Idaho.
My first recipe was Scottish shortbread because of its simplicity. (It doesn’t get simpler than this folks: wheat, butter, sugar.) To my happy astonishment, the cookies were over-the-top flavorful.
Immediately, I tested the cookies against another batch, using my go-to flour, King Arthur—Hands-down, each bite of the Idaho shortbread won in flavor, texture and all-around deliciousness.
This original recipe paved the way for our simply delicious signature shortbread using local herbs from small farms—and of course—Idaho wheat flour.
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Ingredient Transparency—Where do we source such flavorful Idaho products?
Every one of our cookies contains at least 70 percent of the best, freshest, local Idaho ingredients.
Our flours are sourced from small family farms in Idaho, which use a milling process called high-extraction that leaves nutrition and flavor intact. Sustainable farming practices are used with non-GMO seed, no glyphosate, and no additives or enrichments.
We often hear our customers say, "Your cookies feel and taste like I'm eating real food." That's because they are eating real food, thanks to our Idaho flour sources: Gaston's Bakery & Mill in Boise and Hillside Grain in Bellevue.
HERBS & SPICES
Our favorite local organic farm Purple Sage Farms has a strong focus on culinary herbs—We love that we can get fresh rosemary, dried dill & chamomile, and the most fragrant bronze fennel and coriander seeds that add such depth of flavor to our cookies!
We also use Red Chair Lavender Farm in Eagle for their organic culinary lavender that goes into our Chocolate Lavender shortbread. And they even sell our cookies at their barnstore!
We use RBST-free real cream butter from a network of Idaho dairies at High Desert Milk that participate in the FARM program, which ensures high standards of animal care, environmental protections and food safety.
OTHER INGREDIENTS (NON-LOCAL)
We use fair-trade chocolate, superfine non-GMO sugar, and real extracts—never artificial or "natural flavorings". Our cardamom is non-GMO from India. We never use cornstarch, palm oils or any hydrogenated oils.