Flourless Cookies + Fairy Cupboard
I created this recipe whilst looking for a flourless chocolate cookie recipe that excludes powdered sugar which was hard to find. Most holiday cookies are chock-full of sugar, butter and wheat, so I was determined to recreate the taste but with much less sugar, no gluten and extra protein. And voila! I did it. Make these--this recipe is fast and easy and AMAZING. I promise. And have a very Merry Christmas!
Also, scroll down for another fun idea...the Christmas fairy cupboard I made. Probably the best idea I've ever had, and I cannot wait when my twins discover it tonight! I'll include tips and links down at the bottom of this post in case you want to make your own little hidden fairy hideaway.
Flourless Chocolate Cookies
Yields about 2 dozen
1 cup almond butter (use this Maple or Vanilla Almond Butter for the most amazing taste + extra protein, or add 1/2 tsp maple or 1 tsp vanilla extract to your almond butter of choice).
3/4 cup (or less!) coconut palm sugar
2 eggs or vegan egg replacement of your choice
1/2 tsp maple or 1 tsp vanilla extract or both! (optional)
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 TBSP cacao powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 sea salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips (use a mix of chocolate chunks and mini chips to really get the wow factor!) These vegan soy-free chocolate chunks are my weakness...get them online for much cheaper than in grocery stores.
Mix almond butter and coconut sugar together well with a mixer or by hand until creamy. Stir in vanilla or maple extract if you are using plain almond butter. Stir in coconut oil, mixing well then whip in eggs or a vegan egg replacement of your choosing such as flax "eggs" or chia "eggs".
Mix in finely ground almonds or oats, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt.
Stir in chocolate chips last. Divide cookies onto silicone baking sheet or parchment-paper lined cookie trays. For optimal results, store them in the fridge as you heat the oven to 350F.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly puffed and crackly. ENJOY!
*Stock up on vegan chocolate chips online for the best deal and if you can afford to spend a little more up front, buying in bulk like this scrumptious box is the way to go.
** Make your own almond flour or oat flour by grinding either until fine in a coffee grinder. (I have this cheap powerful one that works really well to grind nuts, chia seeds, oats, etc--it's a baker's staple!)
NOW onto this magic!
I purchased a lovely Christmas fairy door from a local English lady (etsy shop here, no affiliation: TrawdenForestFairies), and then planned this little scene around it.
Here's what you need:
-a glue gun and refills (they are super cheap and a necessity for any DIYer, I've used my about a million times over the last twenty years :) If you have small children, you must have one already--I've already fixed four broken ornaments this season alone!)
-a bird house or any type of little house--I got mine here and added a little extra moss, wreath, etc.
-a little fairy door. Check out the etsy shop above!
-an assortment of dried moss, fake plants/succulents
-an assortment of dollhouse items like a little footstool or chair, fairy table set, dollhouse mirrors <-- these add a touch of realism more than anything for some reason, or any other little thing that catches your eye
-felt or paper as the base to glue the stuff too
Find a cupboard, shelf or area to set up your fairy house--get creative and think outdoors or indoors!
Lay down felt, wall paper or contact paper and begin gluing moss/fake greenery to it.
Set up the display how you want--add furniture, decor, lights, bells--anything to make it look magical! I hot-glued the fairy door to the little birdhouse and used battery operated lights to light up the scene, but go crazy and make it yours!
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