A Healthier (sorta) Valentine’s Day Treat

cookie2With the little guy in daycare, there is a need to supply treats every once in a while. Since we like homemade stuff, I decided to surf the web for a recipe for cut out cookies that were a bit healthier than the norm. I found this great one from Kim’s Cravings and modified it slightly — see below. They make a really nice cut out cookie with crisp edges and a slight coconut/vanilla taste. I bet you could add some lemon zest or other spices to make them different, but they are tasty as is. Of course, I probably negated the nutritional value of the cookie by lightly coating them with a powdered sugar/water glaze and dipping them in sprinkles, but hey, they ARE cookies!

Vegan Cut Out Maple Cookies
(adapted from Kim’s Cravings)

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (plus a few tablespoons extra – you may need it to make dough a bit stiffer)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • pinch salt

To Do:

  1. Mix together coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl. In a large measuring cup or other bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add to wet (I have also just dumped everything into the bowl and it was OK).
  2. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour. You want the dough to come out of the bowl with minimal stickiness. Make it into a ball, throw it in a baggie and smush it into a flat disc.
  3. Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Take out, roll and cut out to your heart’s content! Bake at 350F for 7 minutes and 30 seconds. They will firm up quite a bit while cooling. Over bake and they will be too hard. Bottoms should be very lightly brown.
  4. Let cool and ice. I use a mix of powdered sugar and a bit of water and then dunk in sprinkles.

Check out those edges!


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Former Brooklynite and now urban homesteader on the Hudson!
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