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However, would you believe me if I told you that those double chocolate cookies were clean? As in clean, real food. That’s right. Those cookies are made from all natural ingredients using natural sweeteners. All you have to do is be careful of what you use for the chocolate chips.
Just in time for the holidays, my blogger friend Diana at My Humble Kitchen has come out with a wonderful book containing 12 recipes for naturally sweetened cookies and treats. (the cover says 10, but there are 2 bonus recipes for other sweet treats) My personal favorite are the Double Chocolate Cookies and these Butter Cutout Cookies:
In addition to all sorts of yummy cookies recipes, Diana thoroughly discusses the ingredients going into these cookies. She addresses a wide variety of natural sweeteners and why they are better than your standard white sugar. This is followed by an explanation of how she uses the other ingredients, such as flour and butter, to produce the best cookies as well as how to buy the best quality ingredients. She even gives tips for use of the kitchen tools.
Diana does acknowledge that her cookies are not as sweet as you may be used to, but they are plenty sweet if you have been eating a clean diet. I personally have always disliked excessively sweet things, and until I read that section it never would have occurred to me to consider the cookies as not being as sweet.
Another this to be aware of is that this book uses eggs, butter, and wheat flour. Her Coconut Snowballs and Turrón de Navidad are gluten, grain, and dairy free, but the rest have wheat flour. However, if you can eat wheat flour or are good at conversions to gluten-free flours, I highly recommend this cookie cookbook!
Even if you aren’t a cookie or a gluten person yourself, this book would make a great gift for friends and family. Or you could make the treats in it, bring them to a holiday party, and amaze everyone with how delicious these naturally sweetened cookies are!
What is your favorite holiday cookie?
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