Toasted Walnut Shortbread Cookies (Paleo)

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Apparently I’m really into making desserts these days.  Can you blame me, though?  Tis the season for piles of sugary treats everywhere you go.  I always hang on to Christmas as long as possible.  I consider the entire week after to be fair game for celebration.  I’ve also never been a huge New Year’s Eve person, so that’s not really on my mind.  I’d rather focus on extended Christmas.  We’re still watching Christmas movies, my last present for B came today (I ordered it late, my fault), and we’re still eating the remainder of our Christmas leftovers.  My mom is the queen of hostessing.  This Christmas was probably the best yet.  Farm fresh eggs, ham, smoked salmon, caramel rolls, multiple soups, steak, bread, veggies, treats, and oh so much more.  I keep thinking about that day and wishing I could go back, primarily so I can keep eating.  (and hanging out with loved ones, of course).  Thankfully, my mom sent leftovers home with everyone, so my fridge has been full this week.  In a few days we’ll go back to reality.  Not to be fun spoilers, but B and I are likely going to do a January Whole30.  We’re both thinking a reset would be nice.  I’m trying to gather up motivation in the next few days.  I’ll keep you posted if/when we get started!  There’s time to make these cookies before then…

Toasted Walnut Shortbread Cookies (Paleo)

Makes about 15 cookies

Ingredients:

1 c walnuts

3/4 c butter

1/4 c honey

1/2 t vanilla

14 t cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

Pinch salt

3 c almond flour

1/2 c chocolate chips

1/2 T butter

3 T water

coarse sea salt for topping

Directions:

  1. Chop the walnuts into small pieces and spread them evenly on a cookie sheet.  Roast at 350 F for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.  Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

  2. Soften butter and place in medium bowl.  Add the honey and vanilla and whisk together.

  3. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir well to combine.

  4. Add the almond flour and fold into everything until fully combined.

  5. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter and set the ball of dough in the middle.  Use your hands to elongate the dough as much as you can.  Wrap the parchment paper around the dough and continue to shape the dough into a long round “log” about 2-2 1’2 inches across. 

  6. Refrigerate the wrapped dough for at least 2 hours.  Ideally, leave it overnight.

  7. Heat the oven to 350 F

  8. Remove the dough from the refrigeration, take off the parchment paper, and slice the dough into about 15 cookies.

  9. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and cookies look set.

  10. Let cool slightly on the pan, then remove to cool fully on a cookie sheet.

  11. Once cookies are fully cool, place chocolate chips, butter, and water in a small, microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir immediately.  Even if all the chips aren’t melted, stir for a minute to let any additional chips melt.  Continue to microwave in 8 second increments if chips aren’t fully melted.  (they can burn easily, so be careful). Add additional water, if needed.

  12. Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.  Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt. Let cool before serving.


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Coconut Banana Muffins

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Alright, I’ve hit the part of winter where I’m losing motivation to go outside.  I don’t want to ski or build a snowman, I want to sit on the beach in the sunshine.  I want to go outside with one layer of clothes, rather than six.  We’re getting there, right? I’m not a naive Duluthian.  I’ve lived here all my life; I know we’ll probably get three more snow days before Spring comes at the end of May, but I can hope.  In the meantime, maybe I’ll invest in some more houseplants.  That always makes me feel cheerful.  Or I could visit the Sun Spot.  I’ve never tried Duluth’s mobile spot to combat winter blues but I think it might be just what I need.

These muffins are so delicious.  Everyone in my family loved them.  And I loved knowing the kids were eating them with all those good ingredients.  I will probably double the batch next time because this one did not last nearly long enough.

Coconut Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened

1/4 c honey

1 egg

2 t chia seeds

2 bananas, mashed

1/2 c coconut

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 2 cinnamon

1/2 t salt

1/2 t vanilla

1/3 c coconut flour

1 c almond flour

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 
  2. In medium bowl, mix softened butter, honey, and egg until fully combined.  You’ll have to whisk it to mix the honey in well.
  3. Add chia seeds, mashed bananas, and coconut and mix well.
  4. Add baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and stir well.
  5. Add coconut flour and almond flour and fold it into the batter.
  6. Scoop batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 18 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool on cooling rack for several minutes before eating.

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