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Flourless Tahini Cookies

Super random, but I have officially been told to not speak by every anatomy GTA we have. This is good and bad. (Mainly good to me, because it means I know my shit, but am now relegated to answering everything in my head.)

I was buying nutritional yeast at the local health food store and it came out to be something around 34 cents. I didn’t have cash, and it seemed on the slight side of ridiculous to use my credit card to pay for a 34 cent charge, so I picked up some tahini and spelt flour (aka more recipes including aforementioned ingredients to follow).

I was going to add dried fruit to it, but I kinda forgot, so…I didn’t. (So logical, I know.) I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but I mildly burnt these because I went to answer the door (my landlord came to visit me!) and…yeah. :[ But they were still pretty good! I got this recipe from fastpaleo.

Flourless Tahini Cookies

-1 cup of all natural tahini
-1/2 cup of honey
-1 egg
-1 tbsp of cinnamon
-1 tsp of vanilla
-chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients until you have a thick and creamy batter.
2) Scoop out batter and place on a lined cookie sheet. Press down to form cookie-esque shapes.
3) Bake for 10 minutes, but check often because they bake quickly.


Paleo Cinnamon Cookies

This was the other set of goodies we made for my other neighbor for his birthday! It was super quick and easy to make once we’d obtained the ingredients, and he said they were amazing, so win-win! We taste-tested some of it before baking just to make sure it had enough of everything (both of us tend to eyeball things when we’re baking, heh heh heh…). Recipe also obtained from fastpaleo.

Paleo Cinnamon Cookies

-1/4 cup honey
-1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
-1 egg
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 & 1/2 cups almond meal
-2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1 tsp coconut flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt

1) Combine all ingredients (except 2 tbsp of cinnamon, leave that out for later) and mix well. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
2) Preheat oven to 350F. Roll dough into small balls and coat in cinnamon (the 2 tbsp you left out earlier).
3) Place cookies on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet and press down slightly to flatten them.
4) Bake for 10 minutes.

Vegan Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

This missed the mark of being a <5-ingredient recipe by just one. Nevertheless, it is also super fast and pretty effing delicious. Recipe was taken and adapted from blogilates! I still have coconut oil left from when we made paleo awesomeness for one of my neighbor’s birthdays, so I’ve been finding reasons to use it. It’s gotten kinda cold lately though, so it went back to being solid, so I threw the mixture in the microwave for ~15 seconds so it’d be easier to mix everything around. This is another one of those ridiculously quick and simple recipes, which you know I adore. Also no sugar added (although you could if you wanted to)! :]

Vegan Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

-3/4 cup dry oats
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/8 tsp salt
-2 tbsp dried cranberries
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-2 tbsp vanilla soymilk

1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands, mold into balls, then press into cookies, and place in oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Black & White Cookies

This recipe claimed to only take about 33-ish minutes. I assume this would have been the case if you happened to own a mixing device and/or icing things happened to be your area of expertise, but no matter. It didn’t end up taking too much longer than that. :O

The dough was kinda cake-like, and settled pretty quickly. The cookies themselves aren’t very sweet, but the icing makes up the difference. >_> (Go figure, with two cups of powdered sugar in there. >_>) The recipe was adapted from a Family Circle magazine.

Black & White Cookies

-1 1/4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
-1 egg
-1/3 cup buttermilk
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar
-3 tbsp + 2 tsp soy milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tbsp cocoa powder

1) Preheat oven to 350. Cover 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and set aside.
2) In medium-size bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until smooth and creamy (~1 minute). Beat in egg until well combined. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
3) Drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart and spreading into large circles, about 4 inches across.
4) Bake at 350 for 13 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test. Remove cookies to rack to cool.
5) In medium-size bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, 3 tbsp milk and vanilla until smooth but thick enough to coat cookie. Set aside 1/2 cup icing in small bowl; stir cocoa powder and remaining 2 tsp milk into bowl until smooth. If it refuses to become smooth, feel free to heat it slightly in the microwave.
6) Turn over cookies and spread white icing over one half of each cookie, and chocolate icing over other half. Let stand at room temperature (~1 hour), or if you can’t wait that long, place in refrigerator to speed up the process.

Administer the toothpick test.

These would make cute yin yang cookies. :O