Paleo Sugar Cookies

Christmas without sugar cookies (the kind you roll and cutout and then decorate with icing) would be weird…I know that sounds dramatic, but it is the truth. With that in mind I decided to make a sugar cookie recipe for the holiday season.

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (chilled)

  • two tablespoons maple syrup

  • two tablespoons maple sugar (if you do not have maple sugar you can use maple syrup)

  • one teaspoon vanilla extract

  • two egg yolks

  • two cups almond flour

  • pinch of salt

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Divide chilled butter into four tablespoons (or into three tablespoons and one tablespoon). Cut the three tablespoons into pieces and put into a large bowl. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and pour into the bowl.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Add maple syrup and maple sugar and continue to beat until incorporated.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the bowl and continue to beat with the hand mixer until combined. Add salt and mix.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

A little at a time, add almond flour and beat with a hand mixer.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Continue adding almond flour until it is all incorporated.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for an hour to one day.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once chilled all the way through, roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place onto baking sheet (optional: chill the cutout pieces again in the fridge to minimize spreading). Bake for 10 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown), rotating the pan halfway through.

Dreamline Alliance Grain Free Sugar Cookies

Decorate however you like. I used maple butter, which you can buy at Whole Foods, pistachios, chopped peppermint chocolate, and some freeze dried raspberries (for color).

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Grain-free Cutout Sugar Cookies

prep time: cook time: 10 minstotal time: 10 mins

Grain-free cutout sugar cookies, perfect for Christmas.

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (chilled)
  • two tablespoons maple syrup
  • two tablespoons maple sugar (if you do not have maple sugar you can use maple syrup)
  • one teaspoon vanilla
  • two egg yolks
  • two cups almond flour
  • pinch of salt

instructions:

  1. Divide chilled butter into four tablespoons (or into three tablespoons and one tablespoon). Cut the three tablespoons into pieces and put into a large bowl. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and pour into the bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add maple syrup and maple sugar and continue to beat until incorporated.
  2. Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the bowl and continue to beat with the hand mixer until combined.
  3. Add salt and mix.
  4. A little at a time, add almond flour and beat with a hand mixer. Continue adding almond flour until it is all incorporated.
  5. Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for an hour to one day.
  6. Preheat oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Once chilled all the way through, roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place onto baking sheet (optional: chill the cutout pieces again in the fridge to minimize spreading).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown), rotating the pan halfway through.

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Paleo Tea Party

Recently, I had a tea party with my sister-in-law Erin. For me, this was so exciting because I have been having tea parties with her since we first met in the 9th grade. All of the food was homemade and either vegan or paleo.

Also, thank you to Slow Magic for filming it and editing it.

Paleo Tea Party

Food

For the tea party I made :

  • Paleo vanilla cake with rose frosting and fresh berries
  • Paleo chocolate cake with fresh berries
  • Paleo maple macaroon tarts with strawberries
  • Vegan mini raspberry tarts

Paleo tea sandwiches :

  • Cucumber
  • Turkey Cucumber
  • Egg salad

Erin made the absolute cutest :

  • Paleo petit fours
  • Refined sugar free meringues
  • Refined sugar free candied orange peels

Table

For the table, I started by using a piece of an ivory jacquard fabric that I picked up at a local fabric store as a table cloth. I did not have time to hem it (I should have planned better) so I just made sure that there weren’t any long threads hanging from the raw edges. For dishes I used a set of bamboo patterned china that Slow Magic and a I received as a wedding gift as well as crystal tumblers that I found at home goods. To finish it, I decorated the table with pink and white roses and of course the desserts. 

Dreamline Alliance grain free vanilla cake with rose frosting
dreamline alliance paleo chocolate cake
dreamline alliance tea sandwiches
dreamline alliance petit fours

Ice Cream Pyramid in a Cookie Basket

Our house is an ice cream house and when it comes to desserts, it is safe to assume that if ice cream is involved then everyone will be happy. Ice cream and cookies is even better so I am making an ice cream pyramid with a chocolate line cookie basket base.

The original inspiration for this dessert comes from Alix, the author of one of all my all time favorite blogs The Cherry Blossom Girl. Thank you to her for sending me a picture of it!

Ice Cream Pyramid in a Cookie Basket

 

Cookie Basket Base

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot of tapioca starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. In the bowl of a food processor combine almond flour, arrowroot, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract
  3. Pulse until combined
  4. Scoop mixture out onto parchment paper and form it loosely with your hands
  5. Set aside a small disk of dough for the bottom of the basket
  6. Place a ramekin upside down and place an inside out baking cup over the top
  7. Place the small disk of dough on the top and in the center of the upside down ramekin and then rollout under a square of parchment paper. Remove any excess dough and set aside
  8. Put another piece of parchment on top of the remaining dough and using a rolling pin roll out dough so it is about 1/8in thick
  9. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out shapes from the dough (I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter but any will work). Starting at the outside edge of the bottom of the basket, overlap the hearts so that they form the walls of the basket
  10. Place ramekin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 14 minutes rotating once halfway through 
  11. Cut out decorations from any leftover dough and bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for seven minutes
  12. After removing the ramekin and decorations from the oven, let cool before setting them into a storage container and placing it in the fridge

 

Chocolate Basket lining

  • 1 bar of your favorite chocolate (I used a cashew milk based chocolate bar)
  1. In a small microwave safe dish break chocolate bar into pieces
  2. Melt the chocolate by placing the dish into the microwave and heating for 30 seconds
  3. Remove dish after the 30 seconds, stir
  4. Place back in the microwave and heat for another 15 seconds
  5. Remove dish again and stir. If your chocolate is still not melted, repeat step 4 until it is (be careful not to burn the chocolate)
  6. Pour chocolate into the bottom of the cookie basket base and place in the refrigerator or freezer to set

Ice Cream Pyramid

  • Ice cream (I used vanilla from Nada Moo, my favorite brand of coconut milk based ice cream and added matcha and mint flavoring)
  1. Using a room temperature ice cream or cookie dough scoop (I used a cookie dough scoop so I could have a smaller pyramid), make evenly sized scoops of ice cream
  2. Stack the scoops to create a pyramid

For pretty and evenly sized scoops of ice cream :

  • make sure your ice cream is very cold
  • If the ice cream scooper is too cold, ice cream will stick to it. To prevent this, keep a dish of warm water and a towel next to you and rinse and wipe off your ice cream scoop whenever this happens

Decorate your pyramid with cookies, chocolates...fruit...peanut butter, whatever makes you happy and enjoy!