Gluten-Free Roasted Cherry Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches

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When you are a baker, when you show up to events you should bring a baked good. It has taken me a while to realize this, even though it seems so obvious. My brain had a million (or like ten) ideas of things to make for Christmas at my grandparents.

I was really inspired by this Moose Mousse Marzipan cake I saw, with little moose cut-outs on the side. I only allotted myself one morning to bake though and this would take a long time. Plus I’d have to cut it. Plus transportation. It sounded messier and harder to serve as well.

Cookies……it’s Christmas, I should definitely make cookies.

I’ve been seeing so many mushroom cookies are my Pinterest. They’re so foresty and cute. But they’re meringue and that too takes a long time, plus assembly.

My hidden board of blog inspirations has a whole section on cookies. So many options. But I spy this one for a Spiced Roasted Cherry Cookie. Cherries are my favorite food. They’re beautiful, they’re the winner.

I was so happy with how nice looking they turned out. The reviews were that they tasted good as well. I tried a bite, I thought they were pleasant. Not overly sweet, which I like. Plus the cardamom leaves you wondering what that spice is. I ran out of cinnamon, I do think it needs a little cinnamon to balance it out. Overall, tasty, and I liked my Aunt Marti’s suggestion to eat one with a cup of coffee. It is that kind of cookie.

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Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

47200718_978955918981699_5066383009075167232_nThese have by-far been my favorite cookies I have made this December! Or maybe some of my favorite cookies in general, they are that good.

And I have to admit, I was terrified when I was making them. The batter smelled so strongly of peppermint, I was worried it would be over-the-top. In reality they were perfect, refreshing, and the perfect amount of peppermint.

Give them a try!

Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • 12 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 24, all-natural marshmallows (or make your own)

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Gluten-Free Cranberry Gingerbread Cookie Cheesecakes

IMG_2144.jpgAt the beginning of December I made some lovely cranberry linzer cookies for the Farmer’s Market. I had too much dough, though, and decided I should use it to make something else.

Cheesecake.

Instantly my mind went to cheesecake. I should use the cookie dough to make a cheesecake dough. And I could stick with the cranberry flavor for the filling.

These were easy to make and delicious. I personally like cranberry, my husband is not a fan, but he said he enjoyed these. He thought he was eating a cherry cheesecake. Light, airy and absolutely refreshing, with a holiday flavor classic.

Cranberry Gingerbread Cookie Cheesecakes

Gingerbread Cookie Dough

  • 1/3 cup almonds, toasted
  • 1/8 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/8 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom

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Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cookies

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To me relaxation is chilling with some hot tea, a hazelnut cooking and watching the British Bake Off. Well, that is one idea of relaxation. A month ago I made these hazelnut cookies, adapted by a recipe I found on Pinterest by Bake or Break. They have become my favorite cookies.

Plus I got these dope silicon molds shaped like acorns and squirrels. I really wanted a picture of the squirrel, but he got decapitated on the way home and wasn’t picture worthy.

I think I really like these because they kind of have that salty sweet thing going on. And then you get a bite of chocolate and it is off-the-charts good. I like the chewy texture. The taste, reminds me of my grandmother’s pecan sandies for some reason (which were my favorite cookie my whole childhood).

For Thanksgiving I also gave these a smear of cranberry curd-tasty. I adore some cranberry. Two years ago I made a cranberry curd pie and so cranberry may be my favorite curd presently. Put it on a cookie. On a bagel. In a pie. In a cheesecake. The options keep going.

Feel free to make these into just plain of drop cookies. DO dip them in chocolate and extra nuts though, it’s a game-changer! You could probably sub the butter for coconut oil to make them dairy-free as well. I had a lot of success doing this at my last market, to make all my cookies dairy-free.

Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 4 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate

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Toasted Marshmallow Praline Sweet Potato Cheesecakes

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Man I really wish I had a photo of these cut open. Or a video. I must confess, sometimes I sit on my Instagram and watch people slicing different patisseries. There is a certain kind of excitement, waiting to see all the hidden layers and treasures within.

These many didn’t even know they were cheesecakes because of their shape and marshmallow outside. They are in indeed a sweet potato cheesecake. With a praline core. Toasted marshmallow outside. And a ginger cookie crust.

Fancy, right! That is at least what people commented on them. I do feel like a high-maintenance/extra woman when it comes to baking. But in life, I am like the most low-maintenance woman. I’ve seen those things were you assign didn’t numbers to personal habits to determine maintenance and my score is like a 2 or 3. I am down to get fancy and think of whimsical, fun desserts and food for others to eat, though.

I just love these because I think it is a little on the traditional path, but still true to certain flavor profiles. I already shared my pumpkin cheesecakes last week (click the link for the recipe), which I think is probably a little mainstream. When I told people they were sweet potato, I often got a puzzled look. Sweet potato? Cheesecake?

There had to be a marshmallow outside because a side of marshmallow and sweet potato is so common. And I personally have to have pecans with sweet potato baked goods, or pumpkin ones. Plus, I also watch Instagram videos of people dipping desserts in praline. My food watching really is a little scary sometimes. I can bake all day, then watch the British Bake Off, while I also watch Instagram baking videos. But it gives me a lot of inspiration. Which benefits everyone who is able to come here and view it! Or come to a market and eat goodies.

Once again I sourced the cookie recipe because someone else already made one up that was delicious. I also borrowed the marshmallow recipe. I think overall these were not that difficult to make.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Domes on Ginger Cookies with Apple Cider Caramel

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Finally posting my Thanksgiving recipes! Family and praise to God is the most important part of the holiday so I was kind of preoccupied with that.

I did bake up some tasty treats for them for the holiday, though.

Today we will begin with the one of the cheesecakes I made: Pumpkin Cheesecake with an Apple Cider Caramel Filling and a Pumpkin Glaze with a Pepita Brittle on top, sitting on top of a Ginger Cookie. I know it sounds like a lot going on, but it really wasn’t that difficult. The cheesecake is actually a non-bake.

We’ll just dive right in on these. I did use someone else’s ginger cookies, they are delicious and sometimes I don’t want to mess with something that someone has tested to perfection. These are perfection and I don’t even really like ginger. This made so much filling, I got 12 domes, plus enough left over that people could dip into them.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Domes on Ginger Cookies with Apple Cider Caramel

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 16 oz. heavy whipping cream

Glaze:

  • 150 grams white chocolate (I have a recipe that I make my own)
  • 100 grams water
  • 50 grams pumpkin puree
  • 25 grams maple sugar
  • 1/2 packet gelatin

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Caramel Cashew Butter Banana Tart

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Man I am behind! I made this tart last month for my handsome husband’s birthday (pictured here). In my defense we have my brother and his 4 children living with us, so we are all adjusting on all fronts.

Praise God for the opportunity to serve them, though. Family, friends, and love are above all else (underneath God of course), so the writing and recipe sharing has gone on the back burner, so I can be there for my brother in his time of need.

But today, right now, I have some extra time. So I would love to share this tasty little recipe with you all.

My husband loves banana. If you follow this page, who probably already know that. Last year for his birthday I made him a Cinnamon Semi-Naked Banana Cake. It was delicious, so click the link for that one as well. This year I was inspired by a pin I saw on Tartelette. I love to make pies and tarts. This one was for a tart with chocolate. Caramel. Peanut Butter. Banana. All kinds of tasty things. I decided to change the sweeteners. Swap the peanut butter for cashew butter. And to add some whipped topping because that is all too rich for me.

Zach took it to his Monday Men’s Group and it was a hit, they ate it all.

Maybe you don’t like pumpkin or apple pies and next week you want to switch up your Thanksgiving dessert. This could be interesting.

I hope to have more recipes coming soon. I plan on making a croquembouche for Thanksgiving. Filled with pecan pie filling, cranberry pastry cream, and pumpkin mousse. Stayed tuned to see how it goes. I will also be making some cheesecake domes for our church Thanksgiving dinner. This morning my mind was drawing out pumpkin cheesecakes on gingerbread cookies with caramel filling and a pepita brittle sitting on top of a mirror glaze. AND sweet potato cheesecake with a praline filling and toasted marshmallow outside. We will see, but the ones in my vision are stunning and scrumptious. Hopefully I will be sharing them with you Monday.

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