I do very much enjoy the holidays, but not for all the reasons you might think. The traffic, the snow, the family time, bah-humbug! But the cookies… oh those holiday cookies!
Need I say anymore? Well, I will say that one of the ways to save some time every holiday season is to find that one great holiday cookie recipe that is easy to prepare and that gives you many different options. Behold! I present you to The Raw Dessert’s very own Holiday Cookies!
For the base dough
3 cups Almonds, soaked overnight
2 1/2 cups Cashews
2 cups Agave
1/2 tsp high quality salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the variations displayed
2 Tbsp Raw Cacao
1/4 c Agave
Optional cookie press, cookie cutters
This one is easy. Dump the almonds into the processor and process until they are a fine meal. Add in the cashews and process until they are finely ground as well. Next, add the rest of the ingredients, and continue to process until a ball is formed and everything is mixed well.
Now comes the fun part! I wanted to play with the dough a little bit and try to make some traditional style cookies. I dug through the junk in the pantry and found my cookie press! After a few tests, I found that only a few of the plates let enough of the dough through to make a solid cookie. Play with it and see which shapes work best for you.
I took half of the dough and put it back into the processor with the cherries. My goal was to make the dough turn red, but as you can see in the photos, the end result was more of a grayish pink. The flavor, however, was worth it. I made a simple chocolate sauce with the cacao and agave and the combination of cherries and chocolate, always a winner!
Place your creations onto your dehydrator trays and bake them at 105-110 degrees. The thickness of the cookies will determine how long they need to be in there. Mine were in for a full 24 hours, though they are enjoyable while soft.
You will notice in the photos that I also tried some thumbprint style cookies. I took a small bit of dough and processed it with some raw cacao. I then rolled the dough into balls and squished them onto the dehydrated cookies. These were a big hit!
Please post in the comments what variations you made! Or send me your photos and I will post them up here on the blog too.
Have a great Holiday season!
About 3 dozen cookies, depending on size, thickness.