Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

I’m on a pretty serious Candida detox. I plan on talking about that in more detail later, when I have the guts to put it all down on paper, or I guess…in a blog post. For now, I’ll just say, it’s so not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty much awful, and I want to cry almost every day. At least I know for a fact that I have a serious overgrowth of yeast in my body. Bright side, right? Ugh.

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(This is me pretending that I actually get to eat this cookie.)

The reason I bring up the detox, is because on this detox my diet has to be 100% free of sugar. I’ve had some berries or a green apple here and there, but besides that, NO SUGAR. So why would I torture myself by making cookies while on said detox? Good question. For some reason I thought baking cookies would make me feel like I was going to be able to enjoy them as well. In fact, since being on this detox, I’ve come up with at least 10 new grain-free dessert recipes that I want to make. That’s just perfect. The truth is, the longer I go without sugar, the less I crave it, so it really isn’t too bad anymore (keep telling yourself that, Hayley).

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Anyway, our good friend Juli Bauer was just in town for another week for her “project work” (I cannot wait to be able to say what it is!!!) She is so much fun to have around. She pretty much dances and sings in our kitchen all day long. I’m not sure where she gets all of her energy from, and I especially can’t relate to that while detoxing, but I do think some of her positive energy rubbed off on me a little this week, because I did have a stretch of days where I felt great and had lots of energy!

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While Juli has been here she’s been doing 99% of the cooking in the house (I’m sure you can piece together the puzzle and figure out why she is here), so I get really excited when I can cook something for her. Especially a treat, because she loves treats. We were driving home from Whole Foods the other night, and I decided that I really wanted to make cinnamon swirl cookies. I actually wanted to try it out with some cashew meal I got at Trader Joes. That was a complete fail because cashew meal basically turns into glue like sunbutter, but everyone said they loved the cashew cookies anyway, so I will post that recipe soon.

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Since the cashew meal cookies didn’t turn out how I had hoped, I decided to make the recipe with almond flour, because I really wanted to make the cinnamon swirl cookies. They actually turned out sort of like cinnamon rolls, which is pretty cool, because now I know I could come up with a cinnamon roll recipe. Fun!

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Unfortunately I couldn’t taste test this recipe, but I did smell it…a lot. I’ve been doing lots of ‘smelling of things I can’t eat’ lately. Mostly chocolate chips. Bill, Juli, and Kara tasted the cookies, as well as Bill’s parents, and they all gave them two thumbs up. In fact I got a text from my MIL saying “NO MORE COOKIES, THEY ARE TOO GOOD.” So there’s that.

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These cookies were also pretty easy to make! They look like they would be challenging, but the dough was the perfect consistency, so they rolled out very well, and rolled back up well. You do want to be sure that you are gentle with the dough when you roll the cinnamon and sugar mixture, because the cinnamon and sugar layer will act as a barrier with the dough, and keep it from sticking, and with these cookies you do want them to stay together.

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I also used my friend Brittany’s trick for slicing them. Dental floss! It works like a charm. We use this brand for flossing our teeth, which is tea tree, so luckily it also doesn’t add any aroma to the cookies. I hope you guys enjoy these. They are so fun for fall, and very tasty!


Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

These cute and festive cookies are a fun little treat to make, especially during fall. The cinnamon and sugar swirl not only enhances the flavor, but also makes the cookies totally adorable.

Serves: 24

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, 1 1/2 cups tapioca starch, the salt, baking powder, and maple sugar.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and eggs to the flour mixture, and blend using a hand mixer.
  4. Add the softened coconut oil, and continue to blend with the hand mixer until a dough starts to form.
  5. Once you've created a dough-like texture, start kneading any remaining flour mixture on the bottom of the bowl into the dough with your hands.
  6. Continue to knead the dough until it is nicely formed. Dust the dough with a touch of extra tapioca if needed.
  7. Place a large sheet of parchment down on a flat surface to roll out the dough, and dust lightly with tapioca starch.
  8. Divide the dough, and place half onto the parchment. Place another sheet of parchment on top of the dough, and roll the dough out to 1/4" uniform thickness as near to a rectangle as possible. (For the remaining steps, you can work with half of the dough then repeat all steps, or work both halves of dough in tandem).
  9. Liberally dust the cookie dough with Primal Palate Cinnamon Sugar Cookie mixture.
  10. Carefully roll the dough onto itself, starting from one end, curling it as you go with your hands.
  11. Once you have a rolled log of dough, slice the dough into 3/4" sections using dental floss.
  12. Place each section of dough onto your parchment lined backing sheet, and lightly press each cookie down using the palm of your hand to flatten them into cookies. You can gently form the sides into more of a circle if needed or desired. This dough should not be sticking to your hands, but if it is, you can lightly grease your palms with some coconut oil to prevent it from sticking to you.
  13. Bake the first batch of cookies for 12 minutes. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough for your second batch.
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    1. jduno
      March 30, 2015

      Would arrowroot work in place of the tapioca?

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