Flourless Almond Butter Bars

 

 

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These bars.  I made these awhile ago then lost the recipe.  No worries.  I found it again! 1. They’re easy to make.  2. They’re stupid good.  I brought a pan of these guys to my gym this morning.  I think they loved them.  Here is what you need to know:

Ingredients
2 Cu almond butter (the original recipe calls for peanut butter, but I subbed almond butter for PB)
3/4 Cu honey
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Instructions
Mix together with a fork, then bake  in a 9×13 at 300 F for 25 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown.

That’s it! Done and done.  These are made without flour, which made me skeptical, but they ended up moist and cake-like.  Perfect, really.  You’ll never know they’re gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and Paleo.

Make them.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  I also recommend keeping them in the fridge for really only one reason: so that you won’t eat the entire pan in one sitting.

Happy eating!

Original recipe here.

BBQ Pork Omelette

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For St. Patrick’s Day, I visited my uncles in Chicago.  I’m so glad that they have a love for food, good food, like I do.  While there, we ate blittle goatrunch at a trendy little place called The LittleGoat. One of the specials that day was a BBQ pork omelette.  Duh.  Ever since I took that first bite, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this omelette.  You guys.  Unbelievably fantastic. You have your traditional 3 egg omelette.  Add a little cream cheese and BBQ pulled pork inside and top with BBQ sauce, French fried onions, and a sprinkle of cilantro.  I have never tasted anything like it.  I had already begun to create this dish for myself in my head.

This morning, I enjoyed my very own BBQ pork omelette.  Here it is.

Ingredients
3 eggs
Approx 1 cup cooked pork short ribs (recipe HERE)
BBQ sauce (I use TPFAK Primal BBQ Sauce from my friends in Maine)
S&P to taste
1 Tbsp unsalted butter (I use Kerrygold)

Instructions
1. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat
2.  While butter is melting, crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk well
3. Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan, then let the eggs set a little along the edges (it will only take a few seconds)
4. Using a spatula, pull the eggs in from all four sides toward the center, allowing the liquid eggs to flow underneath the set ones (eggs will look lumpy and slightly scrambled).
5. When the eggs are set on the outside but still slightly soft on the inside, add the pork (and sauce if you’d like).  (Don’t worry about the runny eggs in the middle. The eggs will continue cooking once the omelet is rolled.)
6. Fold one side of the omelet in with your spatula. The other side will fold over as you tilt it onto the plate.
7. Tilt the skillet to fold the final third of the omelet over, then turn the skillet a little more so the omelet falls onto the plate fold-side down. Season to taste with salt and pepper and top with BBQ sauce.
8. Congratulations, you omelette-maker, you.

I had made my very favorite slow cooker ribs a few days ago.  From past experience, I know that the ribs and eggs pair perfectly.  Lightbulb moment.  It was perfect.  Eggs, pork, BBQ sauce.  For a little extra fun and flavor, I also added a little feta cheese inside the omelette as well as on the top.  I’m fresh out of cilantro, otherwise I would have thrown a little of that stuff on top as well.

Spot hit, man. This is for sure a must try.  The perfect way to enjoy those leftover short ribs.  Guaranteed I’ll be making this again.  Shoot, I may even have it for lunch and dinner as well.

Original omelette recipe HERE
Original ribs recipe HERE

Happy Eating, friends.

-Lindsay

Paleo “McMuffin”

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I have been seeing this recipe pop up quite a bit lately. Nom Nom Paleo’s Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin.” First thought, Oh buddy…pure perfection.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons ghee, divided (plus more for greasing the biscuit cutters)
¼ pound bulk raw pork breakfast sausage
2 large eggs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup water
1 heaping tablespoon guacamole (optional)

Instructions
1. Grab two stainless steel 3½-inch biscuit cutters, and grease the insides well with melted ghee. 2. Place one cutter on a plate and fill it with the sausage meat. (You can also easily make your own bulk breakfast sausage. Here’s Jen Cereghino’s recipe. I also have a Maple Breakfast Sausage recipe in my forthcoming cookbook.) If you don’t have bulk sausage handy, just cook up some bacon
3. Gently press the meat down to uniformly shape a sausage patty.
4. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of ghee.
5. When the fat is shimmering, add the patty to the pan. If you really want the patty to keep its perfectly round shape, you can keep the mold on until the cooked patty shrinks away from the sides.
6. Clean the biscuit cutter and grease it again.
7. Fry the sausage about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. If your patty’s thick, you may need to cover the pan to make sure it’s cooked through.
8. Once the patty’s ready, transfer it to a plate.

Now, onward to the eggy “buns”…
9. Grab two small bowls and crack one egg into each
10. Pierce the yolks with a fork.
11. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with the remaining tablespoon of ghee. (Make sure you’ve got a tight-fitting lid for this skillet.)
12. When the ghee’s shimmering, place the two greased biscuit cutters in the pan and pour an egg into each mold.
13. Season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste.
14. Add ¼ cup water to the skillet (outside of the egg molds), making sure not to splash the eggs.
15. Turn down the heat to low and cover the pan.
16. Cook the eggs, covered, for about 3 minutes or until cooked through.
17. Transfer the eggs to a paper-towel lined plate. One easy way to do this is to slide a spatula under the mold as you tilt it up while wearing a heat-resistant glove.
18. Assemble the faux-“McMuffin” by sandwiching the sausage patty in between the two egg rounds.
19. If you’re feeling old-school, you can eat the sammie as-is or wake up your palate with a squiggle of sriracha. But my favorite addition to this breakfast burger? A big dollop of homemade guacamole.
20. Once you’ve gussied up your “McMuffin,” pick it up and chow down!

That is the Nom Nom Paleo recipe.  Michelle does a fantastic job with her instructions.  She even included great step-by-step pictures.

Now, here is how I made my version. First, I placed a few slices of bacon on to a cooling rack that I placed on a foil lined baking sheet.  I threw that into a 400 degree oven.  I cooked that for oh, 20-30 minutes…until desired crispness.  Next, I opted to make pried eggs.  It’s basically a combination between fried and poached.  One of my very favorite ways to cook eggs.  Lastly, I whipped up a quick batch of guacamole.

This combination is really truly amazing.  3 of my favorite things into one little sammie.  It’s definitely a nutritious and delicious spin on the classic McCarbalicious you can get in the Raunchy Ronnie’s drive thru.  Honestly, I didn’t even miss the bread.  This took a little prep and pre-planning, but man oh man, it’s worth it.

Happy eating!

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Paleo Dinner Rolls

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A friend of mine posted this recipe to The Paleo Paramedic Facebook Page.  Paleo Dinner Rolls.  Not something that should be eaten with every meal, but for sure a side that could be enjoyed once in a while.  Sometimes one just needs a dinner roll and a little butter.

Ingredients
1 cup tapioca flour (starch) or Arrowroot flour
1/4 – 1/3 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large egg, whisked

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine the tapioca flour with the salt and 1/4 cup of the coconut flour in a medium bowl. Mix well.
3. Pour in oil and warm water and stir. Add the whisked egg and continue mixing until well combined.
4. If the mixture is too thin you should add one or two more tablespoons of coconut flour – one tablespoon at a time –  until the mixture is a soft but somewhat sticky dough.
5. Use a spatula or large spoon to scoop out about two tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. You will be making about 10 rolls. Use extra tapioca flour in the palms of your hands so the dough does not stick.
6.  Place each roll of dough onto a greased baking pan, parchment paper or one covered with a baking mat.
7. Serve warm with grass-fed butter.

I chose to use tapioca flour.  Tapioca flour is one of those ingredients that the Paleo Police may ding you on.  I’ve heard people go back and forth about it.  Is it Paleo….is it not?  I chose to use it.  Up to you.  I had never baked with the tapioca flour before.  Interesting texture.  Very powdery.  That’s a word, right?

I wasn’t sure how these would turn out.  The raw dough tasted kind of funky, but this recipe came highly recommended, so I carried on.  Once out of the oven, I was surprised at how dense the rolls were.  When you tear them apart, they have that bready look, so that was a good sign.  I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor.  Pretty tasty actually.  The flavor was familiar, but I couldn’t place it until a few days later.  My mom makes homemade cream puffs.  These rolls reminded me of the pastry part of the cream puff.  Perfect with a little Kerrygold butter.  Actually a pretty great side when you just need a little bread but prefer a grain-free, dairy-free option.

Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE.

Maple Paleo Cornbread

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Question: What goes best with chili?  Answer: cornbread.  A friend of mine who made the Chicken Chili recipe, that I recently posted, commented that I needed to find a good cornbread recipe.  A couple weeks after that, I came across this recipe.  The site that posted it is called Paleo Porn.  Because of the name, I actually kind of felt a little dirty looking at it.  The food looks ridiculously delicious.  Paleo Porn is ok to look at on the work computer.  Guilt-free.


Maple Paleo Cornbread

Ingredients
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 organic eggs
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
8 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted

Instructions
1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Combine almond flour, coconut four, baking soda and sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add eggs, coconut milk and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and combine well with a hand mixer.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix with a hand mixer until fully combined.
5. Slowly drizzle the melted butter into the bowl while the mixer is going and mix until fully combined. The mixture will become smooth, rather than grainy, once the butter is fully mixed.
6. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 glass baking dish, smooth the top with the back of the spoon and transfer the dish to the oven.
7. Bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
8. Increase the heat to 450°F and bake for 15 minutes, this will crisp up the top of the cornbread.
9. Reduce the heat back to 350°F and bake for final 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure inside is fully cooked. If not, keep cookin and test every 5 minutes.
10.  Remove from the oven, slice and serve.
11. Cover and store leftovers on the counter or in the refrigerator.
12. Enjoy! 🙂

Another one that makes the kitchen smell delightful.  When this guy comes out of the oven, you can’t help but slice out a little chunk.  Warm Paleo cornbread with a smear of Kerrygold butter….good for the soul.  This is fairly moist and quite a bit more dense than actual corn cornbread.  The flavor actually reminds me of the almond flour pound cake that you make for the Blueberry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding recipe that I posted awhile ago. Not gonna lie, it doesn’t taste like the cornbread we all know and love.  The gritty corny cornbread…not so much.  BUT, this is definitely a perfect grain-free, dairy-free alternative to the actual thing.  I goes really quite well with chili.  And eggs.  And turkey.  And ham.  Really, most anything.

Happy eating!

Recipe HERE.

Paleo Cinnamon Bun In a Mug

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It seems like at least once or twice a day I see a “mug cake” recipe.  The directions are simple: mix, microwave, eat.  The ingredients, well, while they may be simple, they aren’t clean in the least bit.  They vary from pudding mix to cake mix to sugar to regular flour.  When South Beach Primal posted this recipe on the Facebook, I knew I just had to try it.  A cleaner version to all of those mug recipes. Yeah, I’m down.

Ingredients
Cinnamon Bun
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash salt
Dash nutmeg
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg
2 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened)
1 ½ tbsp raw honey
½ tsp vanilla extract

Icing
1 tbsp coconut butter (THIS is the kind that I buy in the store)
1 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions
1. Mix all of the cinnamon cake ingredients in a coffee mug, mixing in the baking powder last.
2. Microwave for 2 minutes.
3. Mix all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl, drizzling over the hot mug cake.
4. Inhale immediately

Ri-dic-u-lous-ly easy.  Cinnamon bun with icing…in a mug.  I’m sold.  This could be dangerous.  Delicious flavor.  The icing really adds a lot.  Flavor AND a little moisture.  One of the best parts is the clean up.  A lot of my friends who eat the mug cakes complain that the cake is a bugger to clean out of the mug once the cake is gone.  With this one, that’s not an issue in the least bit.  You could totally lick the mug clean.  Also, I’ve had a few people ask me what’s so special about coconut butter….and could one substitute regular butter for the coconut butter?  In my opinion, coconut butter is creamier. It also has just a hint of flavor.  To be honest, I don’t know how this recipe would turn out with regular butter.  If you make it, let me know. I just know how tasty it is with the coconut butter. I would guess that the flavor would not be as rich with the regular butter.

In short, this is a pretty fantastic single serving cinnamon bun.  Mix, microwave, masticate.  I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.
Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE. While you’re at it, take a gander around South Beach Primal’s webpage.  Tons of good stuff!

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Perfect Pried Egg

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Eggs.  A staple for anyone who chooses to have a Paleo way of eating.  Also one of my very favorite foods.  Liz, of Cave Girl Eats, came up with this one.

She writes:
I love eggs – always with a runny yolk – but I have major issues cooking them. It takes an average of five broken yolks for me to get one intact yolk, which I find exceedingly dumb. When I poach eggs, even with vinegar in the water, the whites go all stringy and they’re always either over- or under-done. When I fry eggs, they get all burn-y around the edges, and I don’t like that…I bought some fancy-schmancy egg cooking ring things, and not ONCE have they worked. Even when greased, they seem to hang on to the whites like Real Housewives hang on to their fleeting youth.

Yes.  Just…yes.  I can relate to this with all of my being.  Absolutely I will try making your pried eggs.

Ingredients
egg
water

Instructions
1. Add approx. 1 inch of water into your fry pan.
2. Heat until steaming.
3. Drop a large Mason jar ring into the water.
4. Crack an egg inside.
5. Cover the fry pan with a lid to allow steaming.
6. Cook until desired doneness.
7. Drain water, use spatula to remove egg from pan

Brilliant.  The egg came out perfectly!  PLUS, the egg released from the mason jar lid just as it should.  No stickage.  Liz writes “Since this is kind of a fried-poached cross, I shall call it ‘pried’.”  Really truly the perfect egg.  The doneness of poached, with the look of fried.  Try it out on this lazy Saturday morning.  Today, I chose to pair it with some tasty turkey & cranberry meatballs and a cup of coffee with a splash of heavy whip.

Happy Weekend Breakfasting!

Recipe HERE.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  Everyone gathered together, a table full of food, a heart of thankfulness.  Speaking of food….since deciding to eat clean, it has become a bit more difficult to partake in holiday meals.  Many traditional favorites are full of ingredients that I choose not to eat.  Lately, I have been keeping my eyes open for great Thanksgiving recipes. Cleaner options. So.many.recipes. Elana’s Pantry recently posted this pumpkin pie recipe.  Now, just so you know, I definitely prefer pie over cake and I’m somewhat of an aficionado. I do make a mean pumpkin pie…with my grandma’s secret pie crust recipe.  BUT, since my family pumpkin pie recipe isn’t so much Paleo, I thought I’d try my hand at this one.  Elana’s Pantry is good about posting fantastic recipes.  I was optimistic.

Ingredients

1 (15 oz ) can pumpkin puree (or 1.5 Cu homemade pumpkin puree)
3 eggs
1/2 Cu coconut milk (full fat)
1/3 cu honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Crust
2 Cu blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 egg

Makes 1 pie crust
Recipe HERE

Instructions
Prepare the crust first
1. Place flour and salt in food processor and pulse briefly
2. Add coconut oil and egg.  Pulse until mixture forms a ball.
3. Press dough firmly into a 9-inch pie dish, set aside.
4. In a food processor, combine pumpkin puree and eggs.
5. Pour filling into Paleo Pie Crust
6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
7. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate for approx 2 hours to set up

Makes 1 pie

Topping
Heavy whipping cream
vanilla
cinnamon

I don’t have exact measurements.  I just pour and sprinkle and whip the crap out of it by hand.  Truly made with love.

Ever the skeptic, I was pleasantly surprised at how this pie turned out.  Really, it turned out perfectly.  Towards the end of baking, the crust was getting dangerously golden so I placed some tinfoil on top for the last 10 minutes or so.  Other than that, the recipe was relatively simple.  There are a handful of ingredients, but basically you just mix them together.  Nothing fancy.  I would make this pie again…and often.  It truly tastes like pumpkin pie.  The whipped topping really makes this pumpkin pie the perfect ending to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Best part is, it’s guilt-free.  Grain-free, dairy-free, and the only sugar is the honey.

Try it out this Thanksgiving.  See if your dinner guests notice a difference.  I’d bet they won’t.  This would also be the perfect item to take along to that dinner party you’ve been invited to.  This way, you know EXACTLY what went into the pie and can enjoy a care-free dessert.  pairs well with coffee.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I do!

Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE.

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Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Almond Butter Glaze

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Taylor, of Taylor Made It Paleo, posted this recipe early September.  I had never made donuts before.  I suppose I always thought of donuts as fried. I have seen Paleo donut recipes here and there, but this one really caught my eye.  Really, all things delicious. A perfect night for some sweet pumpkiny rings.

Ingredients

For the donuts:
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp sea salt

For the glaze:
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp coconut oil (softened, but not melted)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease donut pan with coconut oil (I used a mini donut pan, but a regular one would work fine, just increase baking time).
3. Combine all donut ingredients in a food processor (or mixing bowl) until a smooth batter forms and all are well incorporated.
4. Spoon batter into donut pan, filling a little more than 3/4 of each hole.
5. Bake for 15 minutes.
6. While donuts are baking, prepare your glaze by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl until coconut oil is completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
7. When done, remove donuts from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on wire rack completely.
8. Once completely cool, dip the top of each donut into the glaze.
9. Enjoy!

(makes 1 dozen)

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I picked up a couple donut pans today at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond for only $9 each. This recipe was simple enough.  Mix all ingredients, pour in pan, bake.  In the meantime, mix the glaze.  Really pretty tough to mess up.  As the donuts were baking, I thought they smelled delightful.  My husband even commented “mmm…smells like pumpkin donuts.”  Once out of the oven, I let them cool, then glazed them.  I couldn’t wait until they were entirely cooled.  I was eager to give them a try.  The donuts were the prefect texture and consistency. Perfectly fluffy and cake-like.  The flavor was great as well. They taste like fall.  A perfect combination of pumpkin, spices, and sweetness. Husband loved them too.  Totally approved.  The glaze was just “icing on the cake.”  The almond butter, maple syrup, and honey combination is delicious.  Just a little bit of sweet to the pumpkin cake donut.

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This was a HUGE hit in our house.  I think we ate half of the batch.  Best part is, they’re guilt-free.  You can’t say the same for those grocery store brand glazed donut balls that my husband is fond of.  These are grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and free of processed sugar.  Definitely a win.

Happy Eating!

Original recipe HERE.

 

Paleo Browned Butter Snickerdroodles

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I’ve tried to limit my posting of desserts, but every once in a while, I can’t resist.

I found this recipe on the Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind blog.  Tons of Paleo goodness. Main courses to snacks.  Sweet to savory.  Check it out when you have a chance. 

I’m a big fan of snickerdoodles.  Huge fan.  Really, with a name like Browned Butter Snickerdroodles, I just had to try it.  And here it is.

Makes approx 2 dozen

Ingredients

Dough
1 & 1/2 cups Almond Flour
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Coconut Crystals (coconut sugar)
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 cup Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter Browned (1 block)
1  Egg
1/4 cup Honey
1 Tbs. Canned Coconut Milk, Full-Fat
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Rolling Mixture
1/4 cup Coconut Crystals
2 tsp. Cinnamon

Parchment paper

Directions

1. In a large bowl whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut crystals, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon and salt, set aside

2. Brown the cup of Kerrygold Grass-Fed butter. Put the butter in a sauce pan and continue to whisk consistently over medium heat until the butter boils then turns brown and starts to give off a toffee like aroma. Immediately remove from heat so it doesn’t burn. Set aside and let cool. (I ended up putting the browned butter in the fridge to speed up the cooling.

3. In a separate bowl add the egg, raw honey, coconut milk, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until combined. After the browned butter has cooled (you don’t want to cook the egg on accident because the butter is still too hot) stir it into this mixture.

4. Now pour the wet mixture in to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. At this point you will have a dough that has a consistency similar to cake batter. Refrigerate the dough for 2-3 hours. It will harden and thicken up. You can even throw it in the freezer for a bit. Do not skip this step, I promise it will be worth it!  It makes the dough rolling much easier.

5. Prepare your rolling mixture in a small bowl.

6. After your dough has hardened, preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking shcookies1eet with parchment paper, very important!  Grab a piece of dough and roll it in a ball, then roll it into the coconut crystal/cinnamon rolling mixture and place on the baking sheet. Lightly press the end of your palm into the dough to flatten it a tiny bit, don’t press too hard, you only want a slight indentation. The cookies will spread a bit while baking.

7.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, then let cool. I let mine cool on the baking tray because when I tried to transfer them to the cooling rack they were so soft they fell apart, but after they cooled on the tray they solidified and became easily moveable. Enjoy!

I was quite pleased with how these turned out.  I made them at the firehouse, and they were a huge success.  They really are a Paleo snickerdoodle.  I imagine they pair perfectly with a cup of coffe.  If it wasn’t 8:00 at night and if caffeine didn’t have an effect on me, I would confirm that hypothesis. I must warn you, these are dangerous.  As Vanessa, the recipe’s author, writes, “this recipe is outstanding.”  I second that.

Instead of baking up a batch of your typical full of grain, full of dairy, full of sugar cookies, try these out on the family.  Sure to be a hit.  Bet they won’t know it’s Paleo.

Happy eating!

Recipe found HERE.

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