Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Chocolate Heart Cookies...

It's almost Valentines Day... that can only mean one thing... overpriced chocolates, flowers and overcrowded restaurants...

How about staying in? Stay in together & cook a nice meal TOGETHER... Spending time with someone is the best gift you can give them. I know a few of my close friends are probably laughing at that statement... I like nice things, you might be forgiven for thinking I'm materialistic... I'm really not... I appreciate the small gestures far more, and over the past while it's been the moments I've just been spending time with people and chatting that I value the most... 

If I haven't convinced you that cooking is therapeutic yet, try it... pick a main course & dessert from the blog (everything is simple, but delicious), get supplies, cook dinner & spend the evening together... Chat, eat, have a laugh... build a fort and hide from the storm (she really doesn't want to pay a fortune to get her hair done only to look like a wind-swept ball of fuzz after stepping outside the door)... 

You'll be needing a biscuit with your coffee.... what could be better than these really simple chocolate coated cookies... Guys, these are simple to make... and women are saps... we'll think you're brilliant for baking us cookies! 
  • 200g almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp raw Irish honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp water

Add all the ingredients to a bowl.

Mix until well combined. Depending on the type of almond flour you're using, the mixture may look a little dry, if so add another tsp of water. You're looking for a firm dough. 

Place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 160d (fan).

Once chilled, roll out the dough to approx 1/2 inch thickness between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper. 

Using any shape cookie cutters you like, cut the dough into shapes & place on a non stick baking tray. 

Bake for 9-12 minutes until slightly golden. Keep an eye on them as they go from underdone to charcoal pretty quickly... 

Allow to cool on a wire rack. 

You can eat these cookies as they are, or coat in melted chocolate... remember the higher the cocoa content of the chocolate, the lower the sugar content! Or you could out this Paleo friendly chocolate yourself..

Simple, tasty biscuits that anyone can make.. children will love cutting these cookies into different shapes... give it a go! 

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