December 8, 2013

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies
I’ve been told that TheIronYou is lacking holiday spirit, just like my apartment.
Thing is, I'm not big on Christmas decorations — and that doesn't mean I don't like Christmas or that I’m against participating in the excitement of the holidays.
I DON'T put up Christmas lights or decorations, even though they were a big part of my childhood (maybe it’s a dude kind of thing.)
A couple of years ago I went with my cousin to Target and bought string lights, a pine wreath, two 50-piece ornament sets and assorted decorations.
But they'd been sitting in the attic collecting dust ever since; still sealed in their boxes.
One day I’ll put them to good use, for now however decorating is still something foreign to me.

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies
I’m all for bringing some Christmas spirit to TheIronYou though.
I honestly found it much easier than putting up a Christmas tree or lighting up the home in bright colours. [And btw people, there is such a thing as over decorating your house. 1 billion Christmas lights is not beautiful, it’s painful to look at.]

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies
Let’s begin this Christmas craze with a recipe for what I believe is the very essence of holiday season: gingerbread. 
Gingerbread doesn’t simply say “Christmas time”, it literally screams it.
There's just something about the warm spicy aroma of gingerbread cookies that conjure up the holidays. Don’t you agree?

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies
These gingerbread cookies are made with a good amount of almond flour, classic holiday spices, extra virgin coconut oil and are sweetened with blackstrap molasses.
They come together in 2 minutes and bake in 10. That fast.
I’m going to be honest tough. These are badass cookies.
Badass because they are grown up, smartassed and ginger+cloves are like the most badassed spices EVER.
10-year old Niece loves ‘em but she’s real badass, even at such young age.

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Ingredients 
Makes 10 cookies

1 cup / 5.3 oz / 150 gr almond flour/meal 
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (or butter), melted
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and place a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
In a bowl combine almond flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl mix coconut oil, blackstrap molasses and vanilla extract until well combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well until a dough forms. You might to add a couple of tablespoons of almond flour if the dough is too wet or some water is it’s too dry.
Scoop one tablespoon of mixture, drop onto the lined baking sheet and press down to form into cookie shapes.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. 
Let cookies cool on the baking sheet (without touching) for 15 minutes, then with the help of a spatula place cookies onto a rack and let cool completely.

Nutrition facts

One cookie yields 114 calories, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

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18 comments:

  1. They look fantastic Mike!

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  2. If your niece loved these, then my daughter would too - so long a she doesn't know what is or what is not in them!
    Hey Mike - you still have 2 weeks till Christmas...still time to pull those boxes down from the attic ... ;)

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    1. Yeah, I know I should, but it's so not my thing...

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  3. What? No Christmas decorations? I say your apartment is in serious need of a feminine touch! Chicks usually dig that kind of stuff. At least, I know I do. My life simply wouldn't be complete without Christmas decorations.

    Just like I think my life isn't complete for never having had proper gingerbread. I know, so wrong, right? I might need to fix this soon. Perhaps these cookies would fit the bill just fine. They sure look like they would to me. Badass, you say? I'm all for that!

    Now please, get busy decorating that apartment of yours. Get that stuff out of the attic and put it to good use. :)

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    1. You need gingerbread in your life woman, and I mean badass, smartassed gingerbread (just like these cookies!)

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  4. Yesterday America's Test Kitchen radio program featured a story about the perfect gingerbread cookie. Spice and snap (crunch). These looks really delicious!
    I'm the same way with Christmas decorations. Less is more.

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    1. I'm going to for the podcast, sounds super interesting, thanks for the tip!

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  5. You are so right- gingerbread cookies and Christmas just go hand in hand.
    All that wonderful smell of spices and gingerbread in your place makes up for sure for the lack of decoration :)

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    1. So true Daniela, there's no Christmas without gingerbread!

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  6. It is definitely a duded thing. I can't imagine my husband decorating his house before he met me. Save your energy and money for when you get a couple of kids LOL. These cookies look and sound amazing. I need to buy those organic molasses.

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    1. I'm pretty sure I could be good friends with your husband and yes you should totally get organic molasses they're the best!

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  7. Looks amazing, another great recipe Mike!

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  8. I made a double batch and I loved them! Will be making more today!

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    1. That's cool, I'm so happy you liked them that much!

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  9. This is the first gingerbread cookie recipe that I have found that isn't overloaded with a cup or two of sugar, honey and/or molasses. Thank you! I will definitely try this recipe ... And for the record...not necessarily a dude thing ....no xmas decorations, no lights and no tree. Its quite liberating.

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    1. I'm right with you on the xmas decorations sis ;-)
      And let me know if you like the cookies!

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