Written by contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home.
Want to treat yourself to cookies without gaining a pound?
Try the following bath cookies!
Just mix the ingredients and bake like regular cookies, then let one or two melt in the tub, get in and relax.
No calories consumed.
Bath cookies are made with salt, eggs, and baking soda, which are wonderful for your skin. They also contain a small amount of essential oil which releases a lovely aroma, making them a fragrant treat that will help the tired among us unwind and relax.
Very quick and easy to prepare, bath cookies would be an excellent gift. Not to mention, unique. When was the last time your received cookies for the tub?
The really do look like cookies, so make sure you label them. No one would be hurt by eating one, but they won’t taste very good!
How to make bath cookies
2 cups salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil (safflower, grapeseed, or another light oil))
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, optional
5 drops essential oil – I used lavender. Chamomile, orange and lemon, or rosemary would also make great bath cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the essential oil.
Once the the ingredients are fairly well mixed, add the essential oil and stir to distribute evenly.
Taking about a teaspoon of dough, roll it into a ball of about 1-inch diameter.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet (they do stick a little. If you want to avoid this entirely, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper).
Bake for approximately 10 minutes. They will be slightly brown.
Once the cookies have cooled completely place in a decorative jar or bag.
Makes about 24 cookies.
To Use: Drop one or two cookies into the bath while the water is running. Allow to dissolve. Relax and enjoy!
It is fun to mix in a few small lavender buds or dried orange peel. They make the cookies look pretty and add an extra touch of luxury. Just be careful not to include too much as it could clog the drain. A teaspoon or two sprinkled in and mixed throughout the entire batch would be sufficient.
This recipe was adapted form Natural Beauty for All seasons by Janice Cox
What do you think? Would you bathe with a bath cookie?