I’m so excited. Christmas is getting closer. We went and picked out our tree a week ago. Even though it feels like Christmas in California (temps are in the 70s!!!), we still decorated the tree, drank bourbon-spiked egg nog, and watched Home Alone.
We pulled out all of our old and favorite childhood ornaments, placing them strategically on each limb. We have many ornaments that have special meaning, but some are just funny.
For instance, we have a ceramic ornament that came from some craft show ages ago that has Santa’s face painted on what appears to be tree bark but instead looks like Santa is floating on poop. We lovingly refer to this ornament as “Terd Santa”. Terd Santa has a high priority placement on the tree. He is usually placed near the 1980 Avon classic Bear Bell (a mama bear whose legs are the swinging bell) and the Headless Paper-mache Angel.
Now that it looks like Christmas has vomited throughout my house, leaving poinsettia and pine cones everywhere….it was time to make it SMELL like it too! I cooked up a batch of ginger chocolate chip cookies to make the house smell of gingerbread and spice. These are inspired by this amazing cookie that I made last year, which unfortunately contains gluten from the wheat flour. In order to make those cookies grain free, I used almond flour as the base. If you don’t have almond flour on hand, I have also made these cookies using almond butter, making them slightly more dense and chewy but still scrumptious.
Even if you are not gluten-free, I seriously recommend this grain free cookies for the following reasons:
(1) The nuts give them protein…GOOD.
(2) They ooze of chocolate…DOUBLE GOOD.
(3) The ginger gives a nice spicy kick in your mouth….YES.
(4) And they are a COOKIE! Hellooooo. Nuff said, peeps.
I made these cookies bite-sized and rolled each one in turbinado sugar. The crunch of the sugar in contrast to the gooey, chewy, chocolatey cookie is divine. WARNING – these suckers are so easy to pop in your mouth like popcorn. They can be quite addictive.
SO HIDE THEM IF YOU WANT TO EAT ANY!!!! Because as soon as you tell anyone else that you made them, they will disappear and you may not get any…booooh. At least that is what happens in my house!!!
Grain-Free Chewy Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo Friendly)
Makes 2 dozen tiny, bite-sized cookies
- 1½ cups almond flour*
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, softened
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 2 Tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or bar, chopped into tiny pieces
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar or coconut palm sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Place the large-grain turbinado sugar or coconut palm sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, ginger, salt, and baking soda. Mix until a thick batter is formed. Chill the batter in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes which will make it easier to scoop and form cookies.
- I like these cookies tiny and barely bite-sized. Scoop out the dough in exact, level tablespoons. Then tear those pieces of dough in two before rolling each 1/2 tablespoon of dough into a ball shape. From there, grab a small handful of the large-grained sugar that was set aside earlier and roll each ball between your palms to coat the outside of each dough ball. Place dough a few inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Use a wet fork to flatten each dough ball into your desired cookie thickness.
- Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until firm around the edges, but still soft in the center. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
- Hide a few for your secret stash!
*NOTE – I use Honeyville almond flour. I have also made these cookies using 1 cup of almond butter instead of the 1.5 cups of almond flour. The cookies tasted great but were a little more dense. I personally liked them both! So feel free to sub out for almond butter if you do not have access to almond flour.