Fast and Delicious Cookies

Our friends were due over for a belated birthday celebration.  30 minutes before they arrived, I realized I had made my “trail mix” cookies (recipe to follow in another post) with almond butter.  My friend Rafa is allergic to almonds.  I almost died when I realized what I had done!   Quickly, I searched for another easy dessert recipe to whip up that wasn’t loaded with white sugar and butter and eggs and all that stuff I don’t normally have on hand.  I ran across a page torn from “Delicious Living” in my recipe binder.  Walnuts?  check.  Dates?  check.  Grapeseed oil?  check.  Vanilla extract?  check.  Cinnamon?  check.  Sea Salt?  Always!

Say hello to the 20 minute (start-to-finish) cookie that’s way tastier than you’d think:walnut cookies

Cinnamon-Walnut Cookies

Makes 10

Ingredients:

1 Cup Walnuts (pieces, halves, whatever you’ve got) * variation below

9 pitted dates ( I used Deglet Noor dates, but I’m sure Medjools would work as well)

1 TBS grapeseed oil (or neutral oil)

1 1/2  tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place walnuts and dates in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.  Pulse in oil, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Continue to pulse until mixture begins to form a ball.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Form small dough balls about the size of a TBS and place on sheet.  I added one dark chocolate chip to the top of each one; this is totally not necessary, but tasted good!  Smash them down a bit.  Bake for 6-10 minutes (8 worked well for me) until firm.  Cool on baking sheet.

We were all surprised at how delicious these were!  *Here’s another variation I made a few weeks later where I subbed Brazil nuts for the walnuts and topped them with a dried cranberry.  They were a little more crumbly, but they had a great taste all the same!

hazelnut cookies

Do you have a great cookie recipe that’s healthy and delicious?  Please share!

Check out Delicious Living for more healthy recipes here.

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11 thoughts on “Fast and Delicious Cookies

  1. Amber: These sound great and I need to get away from sugar and butter. One thing . . . it says “cinnamon-Walnut Cookies” but I don’t see cinnamon in the ingredients. I might just be missing it – help.

    Thanks for all your wonderful tips.

    Auntie Cheryl

  2. oh sissy, these look so delicious! and a great alternative to my healthy banana cookies, which are pretty expensive to make. thanks for sharing!

  3. I made these and did a recipe review on ’em. First, let me say the were SUPER good. Second, thank you for the amazing recipe. I gave links back to you, and obviously all the credit (except for the eating, I take credit for that! lol) so hopefully that is okay? Please let me know and thank you again so much!!

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