Nut Cookies

I have to admit that the more I have changed my eating for the better, the more baked things and/or sweet things do not appeal to me that much anymore.  I tend to go for the fruit or on a cheat day some ice cream or chocolate; however, I still find myself thinking of ways to make a great cookie or other desserts. It is not so much that I am craving the cookie as that is usually not the case, but that I want to experiment. Here are two cookie recipes I came up with.  I used dates for a sweetener instead of honey. One has a zesty orange flavor and the other hazelnut/chocolate.  Both taste wonderful.  I had a hard time choosing which I liked best.  🙂

For the orange/nut cookie recipe you will need*:

  • 5 or 6 dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup cashews (roasted or raw)
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from one orange
  • juice from one orange
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

* for the hazelnut/chocolate cookies, replace cashews with raw hazelnuts and replace the orange with one melted square of 100% dark chocolate (of course a great mix would be to put the orange with the chocolate.  I will try that next time!).

Put the dates, nuts, and butter into a food processor and mix until fairly smooth.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients, adding the coconut flour last. I apologize for not having a picture of my orange zest! Mixture will look like this.

Or this if you are mixing the chocolate cookies:

Roll into balls and flatten onto a stone cookie sheet. If you do not have a stoneware cookie sheet. I recommend one, or two :-).  They have many uses and you pretty much cannot burn a cookie with them.  I also recommend one with a rim just in case you need to do a waterbath for whatever reason.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes.  Cookies will be chewy, but probably less chewy depending on how flat you press them before baking.

These remind me of a shortbread.  Great for a tea party!

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4 responses to “Nut Cookies

  1. Do you find your arrowroot at Fred Myer? I can’t find it any where. I think I might have to order it online…

  2. I believe they have it at FM in the natural food section. Whole Foods should also have it, or New Seasons (which is local here in the vancouver/portland area).

  3. I know the last time I was looking for it at FM, I looked all over where I thought it would be (in the “baking” part of their natural food section, with most of the other Bob’s Red Mill items) and couldn’t find it. Then I was down another aisle looking for something else and spotted a small area with only a handful of products that was labelled “gluten free” and it was there…right next to the coconut flour.

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