‘Tis The Season
What better way to celebrate Jesus’s birth than by eating tons of junk food, right?
I’m serious, this time. Cookies are delicious and sometimes you just gotta give yourself a break and eat them. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for pre-made store bought dough or store bought cookie mixes.
Just for fun, let’s look at the ingredients in a pouch of Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix.
Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid), Semisweet Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lechitin, artificial flavor), Brown Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), Salt, Color Added
Mmmmmm. Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit like hydrogenated oils, artificial flavoring, and bleach.
A Different Approach
Of course, I could just say screw it and make cookies using typical ingredients like flour and refined sugar but I figured, if I can make some awesome things for thanksgiving the healthier way, I can do it for Christmas too. So, I decided to try things the hard way. Cookies without gluten, grains, and refined sugar.
When we can coordinate schedules, my mom, sister, and I try to get together to make Christmas cookies. Last year, we made some “normal” cookies and attempted some gluten/grain free cookies, as well. They didn’t turn out so great. Maybe it was the lack of planning. This year, I was determined to find some delicious recipes.
I created a pinterest board with every recipe I found that I wanted to try. Then, I emailed the link to my mom and sister and told them to pick out some recipes they thought looked good or to find some of their own.
Of course, they didn’t do that, so I just went ahead and chose them myself. After picking up some ingredients the night before, my mom and I got to baking.
We started with Against All Grain’s Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Because chocolate chip cookies are the best kind of cookies. No matter what.
These cookies use a mixture of almond and coconut flour instead of wheat flour and honey and coconut sugar instead of cane or beet sugar.
They look amazing, right? That’s because they are! You know how you can buy premade cookie dough and those cookies are so delicious but you can never seem to recreate the taste when making the cookies from scratch? Well, someone figured out how to do it. These cookies tasted like that only without all the weird ingredients and wheat flour! If you love chocolate chip cookies, you have to try this recipe!
Next on the list was the Urban Poser’s Snickerdoodle Cookies because snickerdoodles are my second favorite. And they have a funny name.
These guys have only six ingredients and use almond flour instead of wheat flour.
The snickerdoodles were pretty good. We decided to only dip them in cinnamon instead of cinnamon and sugar, just to make them a little less bad for you. Because of that, they’re less sweet cookie treat and more cinnamon bread.
They were soft and chewy when they were warm and when they’re cold they’re crunchy. They taste especially good dipped in coffee. Or while drinking coffee if you aren’t weird and dip things in coffee, like me.
While those were baking, my mom whipped up these Mudslide Fudge Cookies because we love chocolate in my family.
I chose these cookies based solely on the picture in the recipe. My mom didn’t see the picture so she didn’t flatten the cookies out as much and they ended up looking like little turds, haha.
No worries, though…they don’t taste like turds! They are, however, very very rich. It tastes like a 95% dark chocolate bar would.
If you aren’t used to eating super dark chocolate, you probably wouldn’t be into the flavor of these. I like them, especially with coffee. Have I mentioned that everything’s better with coffee?
Our last two treats were per my mom’s request.
Last year, we made some paleo cowboy cookies and she loved them and wanted to make more this year.
This time we tried a different recipe than last year and I liked this one wayyyyy better. The cookies were a lot more moist. Which could be due to the fact that two of the ingredients are bananas and avocado.
Can anyone tell me why this type of cookie is called a cowboy cookie? I’m confused.
Last but certainly not least, we made Sweet Potato Brownies. Because why not add to my yellow-ness and find another way to get some Beta Carotene in my diet. (have I mentioned that I just got a physical and my beta carotene levels are twice that of a normal human? woops.)
These use coconut flour and sweet potatoes instead of wheat flour. Of course, they turned out super yummy. They reminded me of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread.
After they were done, I put them in the freezer and tried them frozen a little bit later, I highly recommend that. They taste great frozen, better than non-frozen, in my opinion.
Now all I have to do is resist eating all of these before I can let other people taste them. It’s not going well. I may or may not have eaten cookies for breakfast.
What are your favorite types of christmas cookies? Have you ever tried any recipes that use some not-so-normal ingredients? Let me know in the comments!!