These vegan cookies are amazing!  They cater to your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar rush.  I got this recipe from Everyday Maven, and tried it out on Easter for the first time.  Perfect holiday cookie or perfect tea time treat!  I plan to make these babies for Christmas this year, but dipping them in powdered sugar to reminisce about Keebler’s Almond Crescents, which was a family favorite of ours around the holidays.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 15 sliced almonds

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325F.  Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Use a fork to mix and press out any clumps.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond extract and maple syrup. Mix well.

Step 3: Pour wet ingredients into dry and use fork to mix until well combined. It may be a bit sticky and that is OK.

almond-cookies
I decided to add pecan halves to some of mine. Why? Because they look pretty and I love pecans, but the almonds definitely went with the cookie better.

Step 4: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and use a teaspoon to scoop batter. You should get 15 cookies using a flat teaspoon.  Use your fingers to flatten the cookies down a bit and top each cookie with a sliced almond.

Step 5: Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool a couple minutes on baking sheet then remove to a wire cooling rack.

Step 6: Once completely cool, store in an airtight container or cookie tin and Enjoy!

For tips on where to get these ingredients and more recipes: http://www.everydaymaven.com

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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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