In Atlanta, the Peachtree Road Race is an amazing July 4th weekend tradition. There is nothing better than grabbing a mimosa, pulling up a tailgate chair and cheering on thousands of hard-core athletes, weekend athletes and people who dust off their running shoes 1 day and year and hit the pavement to celebrate America!
This year, I’m giving back to the runners who tirelessly entertain me by passing out vanilla protein powder shortbread cookies! How fun, right? Why the added protein? During exercise, muscle tissue is broken down. It is rebuilt afterward with rest and nutritional support from foods like protein…and when combined with the sacred baking art of cookies, the protein is even more powerful (claim backed by me – not science.)
For my cookies I used trusouce Anytime Protein in Vanilla – which is available at the Kroger in my neighborhood. It has 20 grams of protein and 150 calories per serving, to help get the PRR runners on the road to recovery right away.
Vanilla Protein Powder Shortbread Cookies
- ¾ cup butter
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- healthy dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 Scoop (with a little extra for good measure) of trusource™ ANYTIME PROTEIN Vanilla powder
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking sheer or parchment paper.
- Beat butter, milk, brown sugar, egg, salt, baking soda and vanilla until fully combined (it won’t be smooth – no worries.)
- Add flour and trusource protein and beat at medium to low speed until thoroughly combined. This should take less than a minute.
- Roll into a ball (beware – it’s going to be sticky!)
- Roll with a rolling pin (we recommend silicone) until the dough is about ½ inch thick.
- Cut dough squares, giving them room to breathe on the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch between cookies will work.)
- Bake for 8 minutes. DO NOT OVER COOK! Trust the system. They will firm as they cool.
- Hand cookies to tried Peachtree Road Race runners for instant smiles