I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day arrive without popping back on the blog to say hello and wish you all a very sweet day with your loved ones this week! (Plus, I’ve missed you all!).
I decided to bake these Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Sandwich Cookies for my honey even if I won’t be indulging myself. Besides, this is the perfect reminder to the HH that V-Day is almost here and he’d better order those long-stemmed roses asap, since florists are going to sell out really quickly! (Okay, I jest. If you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all, you may remember that the HH has bought me flowers a total of two times in our entire 17 years together).
Okay, HH, you don’t have to get me long-stemmed roses. Tulips will do just fine.
On another note, I just wrapped up the first-ever Candida Kick-Start program and was blown away by the incredibly motivated, determined, inspiring group of women in the group. It was great for me, as well, to re-visit Stage One of the anti-candida diet as we made our way through it together. If you’re about to start the diet or are thinking about it, I’ll be running another group in March or April. Get your name on the waiting list by emailing me at email@example.com. And if you’re already on the diet and want to enjoy some “ACD-approved” treats for Valentine’s Day, take a peek at Desserts without Compromise, my ebook of ACD-friendly desserts.
And if you (like me) are baking for your sweetie this holiday, here’s the easy and impressive sandwich cookie I promised you that you can bake up with plenty of time for your romantic dinner on Friday. If you prefer, the cookies are lovely on their own, too, with a crisp, buttery texture almost like shortbreads. With the chocolate buttercream sandwiched between, they’re over-the-top delicious. For a bit of color-contrast, you can use this orange buttercream instead. And feel free to cut it into rose (or tulip) shapes, too.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Cookies
If you’re pressed for time or just don’t feel like making sandwich cookies, this dough is perfect for single cookies or even used as a pie or tart crust instead. Either way, who doesn’t love chocolate cookies?
1/3 cup (55 g) coconut sugar
2 Tbsp (30 ml) plain or vanilla rice milk
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) plain, vanilla or chocolate flavored pure liquid stevia (about 40 drops)
2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp (15 ml) finely ground flax seeds (or meal)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder (non-alkalized is better here)
3/4 cup (100 g) Ricki’s gluten-free all purpose flour mix, plus more for rolling
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) xanthan gum
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
1/8 tsp (.5 ml) fine sea salt
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the coconut sugar, milk, stevia, vanilla, coconut oil and flax. Process a few seconds to begin dissolving the coconut sugar. Add the cocoa, flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, cinnamon and salt and pulse to incorporate the flour, then process until it comes together in a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a disk and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment, or spray with non-stick spray.
Flour a clean, flat surface with a thin layer of flour. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness (it may crack at first if it’s really firm; keep working it, and it will soften and begin to roll beautifully). Cut into heart shapes, or other desired shape.
Place cookies on the cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes, until dry on top and browned on the edges. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely. Once cool, fill with buttercream, if desired. Makes 8 large cookies (enough for 4 sandwich cookies) or 12 medium cookies. Unfilled cookies may be frozen.
Suitable for: ACD Stage 3 and beyond, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut free, yeast-free, vegan.
“Mum, we miss the blog, too! It’s tough not being in the limelight any more. . . I think we’re going to need some extra treats this Valentine’s Day to make up for it.”
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