We're always looking for a reason to bake cookies. And, inspiring generosity in children seemed like a pretty awesome reason.
Historians speculate the Santa cookie baking tradition began during the Great Depression*. There were some parents who had a strong desire to teach their children the importance of sharing with others in need. And, baking cookies for Santa and leaving a snack for the reindeer was the method they chose.
Decades later we continue to leave out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Today we whipped up Barlean's owner, Bruce Barlean's, favorite cookies: the Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie. Even without key cookie ingredients like sugar and butter, these cookies taste DIVINE. You don’t even miss the butter.
The recipe is simple and you’ll have fresh-baked cookies in less than 30 minutes to share with the whole family and Santa, too!
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Elana's Pantry (www.elanaspantry.com)
Ingredients: 2 1/2 c almond flour 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 eggs 1/4 c honey 1/3 c coconut oil 1 c chocolate chips
Mix eggs, honey and coconut oil until well blended. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda and mix until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop into balls (2 tablespoons) and drop onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake approximately 13 minutes at 350*. Cool on cooling rack. Store in refrigerator.