With the holidays comes cookies… lot’s of cookies. Holiday parties call for holiday cookie and dessert trays, so for this holiday season, we decided to come up with a simple cookie recipe that is a perfect grain-free option for your cookie trays.
We know that it can be hard to avoid sweet treats around the holidays. It might even be safe to say that “New Years Resolutions” for weight loss are triggered by holiday splurging. There are many ways to fully enjoy the holiday season without completely sabotaging your diet. We view this way of eating, as strictly our way of eating. No budging here, no cheats. This is not a fad diet, or something we stray from when out with friends, at parties, or over the holidays. With that being said, there will be no indulging in holiday treats for us, unless of course we have made them. Okay-enough preaching here. Now on to the recipe!
For these simple thumbprint cookies, we used our classic coconut chocolate chip cookie recipe for the cookie dough, and then filled the dark chocolate ones with melted allergen free chocolate chips, and filled the vanilla cookies with a delicious date mixture. These were fun and simple to make, and especially delicious! As we have said before, although these are a grain-free, naturally sweetened alternative to a traditional cookie, they are still a dessert, so these are best consumed in moderation.
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 omega 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
*for the dark chocolate cookies, add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the batter.
Dark Chocolate filling:
- 1/2 cup enjoy life semi sweet chocolate chips. (you can also use 73% dark cocoa, or as dark of cocoa as you desire.)
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Date Filling Process:
- Place pitted dates in a microwave safe bowl, and pour 3 tablespoons water over top.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, and mash with a fork.
- Add one more tablespoon water, microwave for another 30 seconds, and mash again.
- Add 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, and continue to mash and stir until you have created a sweet, delicious date mixture.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine eggs, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt.
- Blend all ingredients with a hand mixer until batter is fully mixed.
- Form balls of dough, about the size of a tablespoon, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Press thumb into center of the dough.
- Fill the center with filling.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
We made these cookies as a test run for Thanksgiving. They were a huge hit, and we will definitely be making them again for future holiday dinners.