Cookies with Heart…..
With everything that has been going on around here I thought that I was going to miss getting this recipe out in time for the sweetest day of the year. These cookies show true love to our little friends who have nut allergies, dairy allergies, or wheat allergies. This cookie is so simple you are probably going to question the taste before you have a chance to try it. But once again I will prove to you that a cookie that is nut free, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, flour free, organic, and non-GMO tastes amazing. Just trust me on this one, you won’t be disappointed.
I am not going to lie, making these cookies into hearts is pretty time consuming, but totally worth it because they turned out so cute. If you don’t want to make hearts, that is ok, you can just put them on the pan like you would drop cookies. Or, you can eat the dough straight out of the bowl and eat it raw. It tastes that good. If you are going to make hearts you need to chill the dough for 30 minutes, so it can firm up a bit and not stick to your hands as much. If you are going the drop cookie direction you can just mix and drop without chilling. If the dough ever makes it to the pan.
If you haven’t tried SunButter yet, now is a great time! You don’t have to be allergic to nuts to fall in love with this high quality seed butter. I love the Organic SunButter because it only contains one ingredient; organic, non-GMO sunflower seeds! Each serving of SunButter, 2 Tablespoons, gives you a generous 7 gram serving of protein, not to mention all of the vitamin and minerals it contains. You can find this nut butter alternative in just about every store, and it makes it safer for your children to be around their friends at school who may have allergies. (Unless of course your child is that child and then I am sure that SunButter is already your best friend.) You can use their handy dandy store locator to find a store near you.
The easiest way I found to make the hearts is to use a cereal spoon and scoop the dough along the edge of the bowl, so it is as long as the bowl of the spoon. Do this twice and place the pieces next to each other on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Then push the two pieces together, make the bottom into the point, and shape the top into two separate bumps. If you don’t have enough of a separation at the top the cookie will turn into a circle when it puffs up in the oven. And make sure that you smooth the cookie dough down or it will stay exactly the same way you put it in the oven.
The last tip I am going to give you before I set you free to make these amazingly yummy cookies is, let them cool. They will be soft when you remove the pan from the oven. If you try to transfer the hot cookies from the pan to a cooking rack right away they will fall apart. Allow them to cool for about 15 minutes and then you can carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. They will continue to firm up as they cool, but they will remain soft when you bite into them. When you store them put pieces of parchment paper between the rows of cookies, so they don’t stick together, and be sure to keep them in the refrigerator. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
How do you eat your SunButter?
Soft SunButter Cookies
By Angie Gouchenour
2 Tablespoons split flax, or flax meal, + ¼ cup hot water
½ cup Sugar 2.0
1 Cup Organic SunButter
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
½ teaspoon baking powder
In a medium bowl combine the flax and hot water and allow to gel for 3-5 minutes
Stir the Sugar 2.0 into the flax “egg”
Cream the sugar mixture together with the SunButter, vanilla, and baking powder
If making hearts chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (See notes above)
Preheat the oven to 350’f
Make hearts (see notes above) or drop the cookie dough by tablespoons onto a parchment covered cookie sheet
(Put leftover dough back in the fridge while waiting for the cookies in the oven)
Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before gently transferring them to cooling racks
Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container with parchment layers between the cookies.
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