Monday, December 19, 2016

Clean Christmas Cookies



This Christmas stuff with a little one is seriously so much fun.  Everything seems so much more important this year- I feel like we're starting all these traditions she'll remember all her life.  I remember making Christmas cookies as a kid, and don't want her to miss out on that, but I also don't want her associating the holidays with too much sugar and gorging yourself on indulgent treats, like so many people do.  I feel like if you take care of yourself all year long, why make yourself sick and feel yucky during the holidays? I care about what she eats, and wanted to make a clean recipe she and I both felt good about.  These are super easy to make, and actually sooo delicious.  Happy cooking! 



Ingredients
  • 3 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice (or just nutmeg)
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together coconut oil, honey, and orange zest
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Separate dough into 2 balls and place each on a piece of parchment paper
  5. Cover each ball of dough with another piece of parchment paper and roll out ¼ inch thick
  6. Place in freezer for 30 minutes
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies
  8. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes
  9. Cool and serve  
Recipe is modified from this one 

We topped our cookies with my favorite way to make cranberries: Boil them until the pop and are squishable, then add the juice of 1/2 an orange and 1/4 cup honey.

Our "sprinkles" are the zest of oranges, limes, and lemons.   

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