Michelle, have you lost your mind?
You already shared cookies with us on Tuesday, and now you’re sharing MORE cookies?!?!
Yup, I know.
Cause if you’re gonna indulge in some cookies this time of year, I’d rather you do it with my recipes…
But for reals, y’all, these cookies are SOOOOOO good.
Yup, I kept with Tuesday’s mashup theme and present y’all the love child of the peanut butter cookie and gingerbread cookie: a spiced peanut butter cookie!
These gems are super simple, super flavorful, gluten-free AND dairy-free and paleo. Plus they're the PERFECT balance of sweet, spice, and a hint of savory.
Just the kind of cookie your Christmas party needs!
So right now, my marriage may be on the line.
I may have done something so blasphemous, so ludicrous, so preposterous, that my husband and his family may never look me in the eye again.
Cause while some of y’all know about my husband’s family business, some of y’all may be totally clueless.
Yes, I’m married to a fruitcake baker.
And it’s not just a mom and pop shop.
The Collin Street Bakery has been making fruitcake for over 100 years and ship millions of pounds of the stuff AROUND THE WORLD.
And to be fair, I didn’t think I was a fruitcake kinda girl.
In fact, it wasn’t until a scrawny nineteen year old boy from Texas showed up at my dorm room door one night ten years with a tin of the stuff that I realized not all fruitcake is yucko. And neither was he...
In fact, turns out that fruitcake I was served is one of the best in the world. Pineapple and papaya from Costa Rica. Cherries from Oregon and Washington. Pecans from right here in central Texas.
Pretty quality stuff.
But it’s still cake.
And here I am…just a a burpee-loving, protein smoothie-making, paleo-lifestyle kinda lady.
So I’ve finally found a way to mesh both worlds I love- my husband’s world of chocolate chip cookies the size of my face and triple layer red velvet cakes and my world of double unders and coconut flour and spaghetti squash.
Yup, I have made gluten-free, paleo(ish) fruitcake.
And it is GOOD!
And just what you’re Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas brunch or weekend needs!
Think you're not a fruitcake fan? You just haven't tried the right one yet.
The right one being mine (though an equally acceptable answer would also be my husband's).
I love a good mash-up.
Whether it’s with two unlikely songs (i.e. nearly every episode of Glee) or two adult beverages (like my ProseccoRitas or Mexican Mules), I find it so fun and fresh combine atypical duos.
And today, y’all, we’re mashing up two all stars of the Christmas season: eggnog and snickerdoodles.
Totally makes sense, huh?
Eggnog is already rich and creamy and has that hint of nutmeg. And snickerdoodles are fluffy and buttery and enrobed in spices.
Match made in Christmas cookie heaven.
Well, these babies today are gluten-free and paleo, coated in cinnamon-laced coconut sugar, and drizzled with a coconut butter eggnog glaze.
Just give me a strong cup of coffee and I’d say we have ourselves some breakfast. I mean dessert….cookies for breakfast is ridiculous.
Sometimes, you kinda just want a bite of cookie dough.
Cookie dough+coffee….oh nelly…
You know I’m right.
And when it’s Christmas time, I want that cookie dough to be representative of the festive atmosphere around me…it better be loaded with ginger and nutmeg and all those spices that make ya just wanna put on that reindeer sweater and prance about to your beloved Rafie’s Christmas cassette.
Okay, so maybe I took that one a little too far, but I know y’all wouldn’t argue with me about the gingerbread cookie dough part.
Well, friends, it’s a Christmas miracle here in the mystical HHT world, because I’ve got a recipe that takes the sweet joy of eating cookie dough and combines it with all that is paleo AND vegan AND whole 30.
Yup, this recipe today has NO:
Impossible?! Nay, nothing is impossible with a little Christmas magic.
And a Vitamix…
You’re, by far, one of the items I just couldn’t give up when I made the shift to the paleosphere (since oats are a no-no in the paleo rule book).
Your crunchy oats kissed by honey and wrapped in cinnamon and possibly studded with dried blueberries or walnuts…you’re just too good!
You top smoothies, oatmeal, and parfaits; heck, you’ve even made it into frozen yogurt stores along the toppings bar.
Way to go!
You sure are loved.
And while you often pose as a healthy item, you’re often far from it due to the boat loads of crappy vegetable oils and sugar and sugar and sugar.
That innocent yogurt parfait has quickly turned into a sugar bonanaza.
Heaven forbid there’s dried fruit in it, which just ups that sugar level any more since most dried fruit out there has added sugar (I KNOW!!! Totally rains on my parade; why add more sugar to sugar?!).
But what if I told y’all that it’s possible to still enjoy that crispety, crunchity, sweet breakfast treat that is bursting with fruity deliciousness sans the sugar coma that often ensues?
Yup, this homemade granola is way healthier and cheaper than any store-bought one out there!
Plus, it’s bursting with festive flavor thanks to fresh cranberry and orange making it a fabulous homemade Christmas gift for neighbors, friends, and those deserving of a little somethin somethin in your life!
And yes, that deserving person just might be you, too!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a PEAR tree!!!!
Yup, that age-old songster got it right over 200 years ago in giving his beloved a pear tree for Christmas.
If you haven’t hopped on the pear train and embraced pears as a festive flavor, today’s your day!
Cause this festive recipe is a perfect one to serve as a savory snack at a Christmas cookie exchange, as a festive bite at an ugly Christmas sweater party, on toast points at a Christmas tea party, or even as a light dinner alongside my gingered acorn squash soup. Just sayin…
So you don’t have to buy the entire pear tree to enjoy this one. Just a few pears, a few pounds of chicken, and a handful of hazelnuts (and blue cheese, of course!) are the allstars of this easy entertaining dish!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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