|Soft-Baked Spiced Butter Cookies|
Merry merry eve to those of you celebrating Christmas, and the happiest of holidays to all!
My fiancé and I have been in the throes of moving, so I'm just now dusting off my laptop to share this incredible holiday cookie recipe with you. I know I'm a little late to that bandwagon, but then again...perhaps many of you are free from work, bright-eyed from rest and ready to roll up your sleeves to bake! I'll pretend I planned it.
This recipe was originally inspired by my simple desire to use the gigantic bag of Honeyville blanched almond flour that I ordered from Amazon. I'd heard about Honeyville through Elanas Pantry, one of my absolute favorite blogs. Elana uses this brand copiously for its smooth texture and likeness to wheat flour, and I had to give it a try.
I am loving grain-free dessert recipes these days, because I find that they fill me up and keep my blood-sugar levels more stable than even spelt or buckwheat flour....though certainly, those deserve a place in my pantry as well. Plus, almonds are insanely healthy—packed with fiber, antioxidants and essential nutrients (read: we have to get them from food 'cause our bodies don't make them.)
Several of Elana's recipes sparked the creation of my Soft-Baked Spiced Butter cookies, and then I ran them through the LL Balanced converter: always a place for cinnamon, same goes for coconut products, maple syrup for sweetener. The result...well, do you hear the bells!? My fiancé dubbed these one of his favorites recipes that I've ever made, and the man will choose nachos over a slice of cake pretty much all.DAY.
They are totally perfect on their own—just moist enough, just sweet enough, almost creamy in texture with a hint of warming spices. However, the day I baked these cookies, I also happened to have a bunch of organic granny smith apples that had lain untouched on the counter for a week. A luscious apple butter seemed the perfect companion, especially squished between two cookies forming a sandwich. These cookies are truly healthy enough to eat for breakfast, if you are so inclined (I was).
I hope you have a most wonderful holiday with your loved ones, filled with food, laughter and memories!