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Holiday Cookies

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Holiday Cookies

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
1c Cherries
2 Tbsp Raw Cacao
1/4 c Agave

Equipment needs
Food processor
Optional cookie press, cookie cutters

The How-To-Do-It
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.

Raw Holiday Cookies

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.

  1. 6 Responses to “Holiday Cookies”

  2. By Shernell on Apr 10, 2009

    I truly love your blog so scrumsious ! Keep up the great work.

    I added you to my blog roll peace :) !

  3. By DessertObsessed on Apr 30, 2009

    Great blog! So glad i stumbled across it!

  4. By Melissa on May 5, 2009

    WOW! These are great recipes. I can’t wait to see what else you might share. Thank you!

  5. By Jessica on Nov 3, 2009

    Raw cookies are one of my favorite treats. Can’t wait to impress my friends and family with these! :)

  6. By kathryn on May 23, 2010

    I can’t wait to make these! Yay! Thanks for posting!

  7. By Pam on May 28, 2010

    Wow, those look so cute and wonderfully yummy!

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