Gluten Free Almond Flour Cutout Cookies

If you’re still looking for something sweet to make for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered!

Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

These cutout cookies are legitimately INCREDIBLE, and they’re even on the healthier side, if that’s something you’re concerned about! The base is almond and coconut flour, and the only sweetener is 1/4 cup of honey. You can leave as is, but I find them to be sooo much better frosted! And yes, I know that adds sugar to them but hey, all we can do is our best, right?😂

The only other thing you need to know about these lil babies is that they’re actually better after the first day, which is why I’m posting this before Valentine’s Day. If you make them today, or even tomorrow, they’ll be perfect in time for celebrating!

Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp liquid/melted ghee (I use Fourth & Heart!)

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill for both flours!)

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

For the icing: 2 cups powdered sugar, 2-3 tbsp water, 1-2 tsp pink pitaya powder (or drops of food coloring, but I’m trying to keep things natural!)

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients including the egg, vanilla, honey and ghee. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and knead with hands until fully combined. The dough may feel crumbly at first, but I promise it’ll come together!
  3. Form dough into one ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to remove dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough has chilled, dust a clean counter space with coconut flour. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they start to brown. *Cookies won’t expand, so you can place them closely together!
  5. Let cookies cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting or removing from the baking sheet. While they’re cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the frosting. Using a knife or spoon, decorate the cookies with the frosting, or any other add-ons you’d like. *If the frosting feels too thick, add water 1 tbsp at a time, or if it’s too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tbsp at a time. Store in an airtight container.
Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Let me know if you guys make these!! I’m seriously obsessed with them, I think I was eating at least three a day last week…😅

xo Jordan

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

My grandma was a fighter.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

She was the sassiest person I know, my biggest supporter, she always spoke her mind (and said things like, “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out,”), and she made a mean batch of mandel bread.

Earlier this week, my mom said to me while she was standing in our kitchen, “all i want to do is bake. This is my happy place,” and after a few hours of mixing & kneading dough, she told me that she had more energy that she’d had in days. We ate a few pieces of mandel bread together (kind of like biscotti, but better!) and remembered my grandma.

And THAT is the power of baking, cooking, and food in my opinion. It’s the memories, its ability to bring people together, and joy that comes from a good recipe, even when you thought there was no joy to be felt. So grandma, this one’s for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup mixed nuts and raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and nuts.

3. Flour the bottom of a baking pan and pour dough into an even layer in the center of the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch thick) *it won’t cover the whole pan, not even close!

4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven. Slice into 1 inch thick bars (like biscotti) and flip. Bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days – or eat them immediately with a loved one and remember how important family is, how lucky we are to have good people in this world that support us, and how precious life is.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

^ Wasn’t she the CUTEST?! Best grandma ever, I’m telling you. And shoutout to my brother for capturing these moments!

xo Jordan

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan


Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free!]

Oh, hello there!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

I apologize for being semi-MIA these past few days, I’ve been out on the east coast hanging with my family in my all-time favorite place in the entire world, the Outer Banks in North Carolina!! I’ve been coming here since I was a toddler and I have so many wonderful memories of coming here with friends and family, and being here instantly re-charges my batteries.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite things to do while I’m on vacation, especially when it’s with my mom, is cook or bake! Since we stay in our beach house down here, we have access to a full kitchen (which can be rare on vacations), so home-cooked dinners & desserts are easier and more fun to make. My mom recently came across this recipe for whole-grain chocolate chip cookies in the Wall Street Journal and we knew we needed to make them. I’ll be honest, we don’t usually opt for healthier versions of anything while we’re in OBX (because hey, we’re on vacation!), but we do have someone new joining our family very soon, and she has Celiac’s, so we’re working on incorporating more gluten-free foods when we’re all together. (Wait…did I tell you my brother was engaged?!?!)

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anyway, these cookies are slightly healthier than normal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with oat and buckwheat flour – both of which are packed with fiber and help improve heart health. A couple of tips: I’d let them cool completely before putting them into a tupperware (unless you’re eating them immediately when they’re warm, which I definitely condone!) otherwise they’ll crumble. Also, if you can remember, leave the butter out the night before you want to bake so that it’s super soft and you won’t even need to use an electric beater! That’s one less dish to clean aka a win-win.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

In any case, I totally suggest making these the next time you need to bring or have dessert for a group, since this recipe makes about 2 dozen good size cookies and I can promise you that they are a crowd-pleaser! Even my very skeptical bf enjoyed them, and that is saying a LOT. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness and have so much more flavor to them than regular cookies. They also have a cool texture too, like a bit crunchy on the outside, but also fluffy on the inside? It’s hard to explain, which essentially means that you’ll just need to make them for yourself and see 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup oat flour

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup coconut sugar

1 cup softened butter

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and egg until smooth either with an electric beater or wooden spoon and strong arm. Add the dry mixture slowly and continue to mix until well-combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, if including.

3. Form the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. I did a dozen per sheet since they don’t spread too much, but definitely err on the side of caution when leaving room for them! Bake for 12-14 minutes or until starting to brown on the sides. Let cool for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope everyone is having a great (short) week! Be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan