I brought these delicious little cookies with me to a Friendsgiving last weekend. As I set them on the dessert table, I became a little hesitant about how they’d taste seeing the full-sugar fruit pies and other desserts they’d be sitting next to. But a few hours into the night while chatting with a few girlfriends, my boyfriend came over excitedly pointing to two men literally high-fiving over the cookies. “I told them they’re healthier cookies and they didn’t believe me!” he exclaimed.
And it was true; the guests sincerely liked the flavor so much that they didn’t even mind they weren’t made with the traditional dessert dose of white sugar, white flour and canola oil. This recipe is an upgrade that passes the test for a healthier upgrade that tastes just as delicious as its store-bought counterpart.
These cookies are light, cinnamony, and made from grain-free flours, which are less inflammatory than white flour and contain more healthy fats. This recipe also uses unrefined maple syrup and just a touch of coconut sugar, which have more minerals than white sugar and are released into your bloodstream more slowly. They’re still dessert, of course, but they’re a treat that uses real food and healthier swaps to common baked-good ingredients.
I hope you enjoy them, whether you’re bringing them to an upcoming Friendsgiving or making a batch for yourself at home!
- 1¾ c. almond flour
- ¼ c. coconut flour
- ½ t. baking soda
- ½ t. cream of tartar
- ½ t. sea salt
- ¾ t. cinnamon
- ⅓ c. unrefined coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ c. unrefined maple syrup
- 1 T. vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 2 T. coconut sugar
- 1 T. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Form cookie dough into 1-inch balls.
- Roll each ball in cinnamon and sugar mixture, then place on cookie sheet.
- Flatten cookies slightly with the bottom of a glass.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
P.S.S. This recipe was adapted from Bakerita. Check her out for more great recipes!
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