The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

22 Dec

Why is it the most wonderful time of the year? We get to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We get to eat great food with family and friends. We get to indulge a little. We get to share joy with others. We get to give to others, and try to find peace amidst the craziness of the season.

I had to make Christmas cookies, after all it is tradition and I am all about sticking to tradition. This year I adapted, created and baked some great vegan cookies! They were all definitely not as healthful as I usually would make, but I allowed a little more sugar for this occasion. But yes it is absolutely possible to eat healthy during the holiday. It’s not giving up anything, just making things your own. In a “lighter” way. Not “lighter” giving up fats, but lighter in a sense of real ingredients. Real foods.

Perfect Pecan Cookies

Recipe here.

I actually followed this recipe to the T, since I made them with Karly when we had a tea date at my house (: They turned out wonderfully, soft and not too too sweet, great flavor.












Almond Crescent Shortbread

These were excellent, tasted like shortbread. A little too much sugar for me, but I love the strength of the almond flavor in these cookies.

  • 2  cups spelt flout
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Beat softened butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy, add vanilla and almond extract. Add dry ingredients to wet, and blend until combined. Work dough on floured surface and lightly knead. Then scoop balls of dough and shape into crescent shapes and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.









Minty Double Chocolate-Carob Cookies

  • 1/3 c. coconut oil (not melted, but room temperature)
  • scant 1/2 c. raw sugar or sucanant
  • 1 flax egg (1 T. flax meal mixed with 3 T. water)
  • 1/2 c. almond or spelt flour
  • 1/4 c. dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 oz. carob chips
  • 1 tsp mint/peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat the coconut oil and sugar until well combined then add in flax the flax egg and mix well.

Sift the spelt flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix into wet ingredients. Add a tiny bit of water if the batter seems too dry. Stir in the carob chips. Form into disc shapes, about 1 Tbs per cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes. These will expand/flatten. Cook completely before serving. These may be prone to getting crumbly-but they would be perfect on top of some cashew or almond ice cream!!!














One Response to “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

  1. Deanna December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I’m so glad you liked my pecan slices! And, such pretty pictures. Thanks for making them and posting about it. Happy Holidays to you!

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