Caveman Gingerbread Cookies

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These ginger holiday cookies are filled with warm winter spices and cheery charm. You and your children will love making, decorating, and eating this delicious Maximized version of everyone’s favourite Christmas cookie in all different shapes (people, snowflakes, stars, ornaments, etc.)! Instead of candy, try decorating them with organic raisins or cranberries!

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups finely ground almond meal
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted organic butter, softened or partially melted (coconut oil is an option)
  • 5 drops of stevia
  • 1 large organic free range egg
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract

Glaze:

Toppings:

  • dehydrated unsweetened raw organic coconut flakes
  • organic raisins, cranberrie, goji berries or other dried fruit (optional)
  • ground raw almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, or other raw nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the almond meal, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, add the butter, stevia, egg, and vanilla and combine well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix thoroughly.Ginger-Snow-People
  3. Pat out the dough on a piece of parchment until it is approximately 1⁄4 of an inch thick. Using your favourite holiday-shaped cookie cutter (people, snowflakes, stars, ornaments, etc.), make your cookies by pushing the cutter down into the dough wiggling it a little and lifting the cookie dough and cutter all together by pinching the cutter as you lift (a metal cutter works best). Transfer the cutter and dough to your parchment lined sheet and poke the dough out of the cookie cutter with your finger (it should release easily).
  4. Bake until starting to brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
  5. Mix the amaranth powder and stevia in a bowl with a few teaspoons of water. Continue to add water drop by drop while mixing until a runny paste is formed (the consistency should be the same a runny honey). The glaze will be very stiff and difficult to mix until the right amount of water is added – keep stirring and adding water drop by drop.
  6. Brush the glaze on the cooled cookies and dredge them with the coconut flakes (you can press the coconut into the cookies to get thicker coverage). Set aside to let the glaze set up (about 15-20 minutes).

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Kari Penner

About Kari Penner

Kari Penner, BA, MA (in process) is a Wellness Coach and works at Shine Dental. She has spent most of the past decade studying Wellness, Nutrition, Toxicity and has been a professional Life Coach since 2001. In 2011, she started her Master’s of Counseling at Providence Seminary. Learn More

  • Madison

    Are there any alternatives to the butter that would work? Coconut oil or applesauce or banana or something?