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Simple Holiday Desserts

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One of the best parts about the holiday season is baking. Baking warm and sweet desserts with family and friends is sure to welcome the holiday spirit.

Although, sometimes it is a challenge to find something simple to make that will also taste amazing. Intimidating mixer machines, rising yeast, creaming this, whipping that, and all the sifting of sugar and flour can make baking seem confusing.

This is why I put together some holiday dessert recipes that are simple and delicious. Plus, they are perfect for sharing with loved ones. Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread men, chocolate mint brownies, and a sugar cookie shake are a few of these tasty yet simple recipes. And the best part is that they don’t require fancy mixers, whipped egg whites, or anything too time consuming or kitchen destroying—well not positive about the last part, as I always find a way to make a mess out of the simplest of recipes. :) But what matters is that these recipes are simple to bake and taste amazing.

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Desserts

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Dusted-with-Pink Valentine Cookies (GF)

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Heart-shaped cookies are essential for Valentine’s Day–but instead of buying processed cookies, now is the chance to make easy heart cookies using just simple, natural ingredients. These dusted-with-pink cookies are a one-bowl recipe that comes together quickly. Buttery and sweet, they are crispy on the edges with a soft center that is topped with a light pink glaze that is made without food coloring or any other chemicals.

These are a natural, whole-food, sweet, and delicious option for cookies that are a perfect Valentine treat to make for a loved one or for yourself! <3 IMG_2981

Dusted-with-Pink Valentine Cookies
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Dry
  1. 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Wet
  1. 1/2 cup room temp safflower or melted coconut oil
  2. 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
  5. 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
Pink Icing (optional)
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. Juice of 4 thawed, frozen or fresh red berries
  4. 1 to 2 tbsp. almond milk *
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Assemble the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients then mix until thoroughly combined. Add heaping tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto the baking pan 2 inches away from each other. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges are crispy and the center is soft. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before frosting. Enjoy! <3
Notes
  1. (slowly add liquid until the icing has reached desired consistency)
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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Nothing compares to a warm and soft cookie filled to chocolate chip capacity.   They are simply the best when homemade with real ingredients–so melty and delicious. Of course every healthy and balanced way of eating has room for cookies, preferably cookies that aren’t from a package and full of chemicals.   This recipe is free of refined sugar, butter, and artificial ingredients.   it contains pink salt sprinkles to balance the sweetness and to bring out the classic deep flavors of brown sugar and vanilla.  Enjoy the comfort and warmth of this favorite treat!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 tbs. flax meal
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. dash of pink salt plus extra for sprinkling on top
  6. 1 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup earth balance spread or coconut oil
  8. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  9. 2 tbs. almond milk or liquid of choice
  10. 1 cup chocolate chunks
  11. 350 degrees 9-10 min.
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Add wet ingredients to a separate bowl and stir until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly into the wet and mix, then add chocolate chunks until just combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line two cookie trays with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto tray and form round balls, making sure to leave enough room between them. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until edges are crispy and center is no longer doughy. After taking out, let cool 10 minutes.
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Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

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Since it is the time for all things egg-shaped, why not make a batch of egg-shaped sugar cookies for Easter.  This is a simple recipe that everyone will enjoy.  It’s especially fun to make with kids, as they can use their creativity to turn cookie dough into egg-shapes with their hands.

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These sugar cookies are the perfect Easter treat. They are free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar–yet are perfectly buttery and sweet with a delightful, vanilla aroma. They have a soft, melt-in-your mouth texture that’s delicious with just a dash of sprinkles.

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Easter Egg Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp baking. soda
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 1 cup fat/oil of choice
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. *1/2 cup or more of ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Add dry ingredients to a small bowl, whisk together, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients except ginger ale together. Now add enough ginger ale to form a cookie dough consistency. Mold into egg-shapes with your hands and add to cookie sheets. Bake for around ten minutes or until golden brown. Add sprinkles and cool for fifteen minutes. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *The ginger ale adds a nice sweetness and an amazing texture to the cookies.
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