A Bit About Our Delicious Cookies
Thought I would throw together a quick post describing each of our cookies in detail as well as offering up some tasty information on upcoming products. Currently we have a total of 3 flavors that we sell on our website. Each of them is available as a 12-pack, 6-pack, or in variety packs of 6 or 12. In our humble opinion these some of the best Paleo cookies in the world, and they’re good for you too.
And now onto the post…
I love cookies. As far as I know I always have. Making cookies brings back so many fond memories, mostly of eating cookies. One story in particular makes me particularly nostalgic. It also serves to highlight the natural baking skills with which I was born.
At 10 years old I decided to surprise my mom with homemade chocolate chip cookies. I followed the recipe to a tee, even using an electric hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar. Everything was going perfectly.
Just before adding the chocolate chips, I decided it was time to clean out the beaters of the electric mixer to ensure that all the ingredients were completely incorporated. What happened next is a mystery to this day. I don’t know why my right hand had it in for my left, but just as I reached for the dough, the mixer suddenly turned on and yanked my hand right between the beaters.
It hurt about as much as you would expect. I was a bit shocked, but quickly assessed that all my fingers still worked and that I wasn’t bleeding. So I leveled a stern and somewhat suspicious glare at the mixer, and once again reached for the dough. The results were exactly the same. Finally after the third such thrashing some sort of self preservation kicked in and I moved on to adding the chocolate chips. At any rate, running my fingers through the beaters multiple times seemed to have dislodged all of the batter that was stuck anyway. Success!
I’ve since moved on to a stand mixer which has proved to be much safer.
Anyway, in this post I’m going to take you through my process of developing our cookie recipes. I’ll talk about the inspiration for each recipe as well as why I’ve chosen the ingredients contained in each. I’ll also briefly talk about some recipes that are in the works.
Coconut Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie
Our Paleo coconut chocolate chip cookies are one of my personal favorites. There’s just something about the combination of tangy cranberries and dark chocolate. Add in a bit of crispy texture from toasted coconut and you’ve the perfect combination.
I can’t take any of the credit for this particular cookie. The afore mentioned bakery in which I used work has been making a non-Paleo version of these cookies for years. It’s called the COCC cookie. And every day of the week they sell dozens and dozens of them.
Because 90% of the ingredients used in the original recipe are serious Paleo no-no’s, I basically had to start from scratch with the exception of the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and the cranberries. But I knew if I could recreate the flavor of this cookie I would have a winner.
In addition to a few other ingredients, the original COCC cookie contains flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter. Of course none of these particular ingredients should be used in a Paleo friendly cookie recipe, so I had my work cut out for me.
Here’s what I eventually decided on: almonds form the base or body of the cookie. Next some dates were added for sweetness. A small amount of molasses provides a hint of brown sugar flavor, and a tiny amount of maple syrup adds just a bit more sweetness. Cinnamon plays a key role in the overall flavor as well since it highlights both the cranberries and the chocolate. And finally comes a touch of vanilla, because vanilla is delicious.
I don’t often eat cookies for breakfast, but when I do, this is what I go for. Of course it’s delicious any time of day, but it just goes SO well with a cup of coffee. Mmmmm… A truly delicious Paleo biscuit.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans
The pecan chocolate chip is in my humble opinion one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. I absolutely LOVE the combination of toasted pecans and dark chocolate. The inspiration for this cookie comes from the mom of my best friend from high school. She would regularly send him dozens of these cookies, and they never lasted long.
Of all the cookies I’ve eaten over the course of my life, this is the best. It was perfectly balanced and LOADED with butter and pecans. When I first started creating Paleo friendly cookie recipes I knew I had to give this one a shot.
Starting from the same base recipe as the coconut cranberry, I made some slight modifications to the amounts of the ingredients including the molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. I was actually quite shocked when it turned out to be pretty close to the original recipe. The original recipe didn’t contain cinnamon, but I found it adds a nice touch to the overall flavor.
Because of all the healthy fats in this cookie, it is not only delicious, but very filling as well. This is the perfect snack to take on a day to the slopes, trails, or wherever.
Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookie
This cookie is kind of ridiculous. It is based off of a recipe from Ina Garten at the Food Network called ‘Outrageous Brownies’. When we were younger (and not yet Paleo), my mom used to make these on occasion. They are amazingly rich and a really great way to pack on 10lbs if ever the need arises.
The original recipe doesn’t actually contain a great deal of flour, but it is loaded with butter and sugar. I knew if I could capture the deep, rich chocolate flavor of this brownie I would have a winner on my hands.
Because of the amount of chocolate called for in this recipe, I had to modify my base slightly. I then added unsweetened chocolate, and a dark brute cocoa powder. Dates and maple syrup help offset the bitter of the chocolate, and the macadamia nuts add a great crunchy texture as well as a hint of butteriness.
Speaking from personal experience, this cookie is downright addictive. As with all my recipes, I try to keep the carbs down and the fats up. For this recipe, that was no trouble at all. This is another one of our cookies that will satisfy your chocolate craving AND your appetite.
In the Works
For right now we’re only producing 3 flavors of cookies. But here is a quick look at some recipes on which we’re currently working. There are a couple more cookie flavors as well as a brownie recipe that we’re hoping to get out in the next couple of months. Here’s a quick peek.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
As far as I’m concerned the original chocolate chip is the ultimate when it comes to cookies. I’ve actually been working on recipes for Paleo chocolate chip cookies off and on for a few months. And let me tell you, this has been one tough nut to crack. So what makes a chocolate chip cookie so difficult? Simplicity and subtlety.
Most of our other cookies contain enough other ingredients to mask the flavors of almonds, dates, and other Paleo baking replacements. But a chocolate chip cookie is very basic. And subtlety is achieved by properly balancing the flavors of the ingredients.
But before we talk ingredients, we need to define what makes good chocolate chip cookie.
First let’s talk about flavor. When I think of the perfect chocolate chip cookie I think vanilla, a hint of caramel, butter, chocolate, and then a tiny bite from the salt. With the exception of butter, which doesn’t make the list of ingredients for this particular recipe, all of these are flavors we can achieve using Paleo ingredients.
Up to this point, achieving the right butte flavor has been the toughest part. But I’m getting pretty close. And I hope to have a Paleo chocolate chip cookie available soon! In the meantime, here is an excellent recipe from Rubies and Radishes.
Paleo Oatmeal Cookies
Another all-time favorite. The Paleo oatmeal raisin cookie recipe I’m currently working on is just about ready. I’m using an interesting mixture of shredded coconut, hulled pumpkin seeds, and walnuts to achieve an ‘oat’ like flavor. It’s remarkably similar in flavor if I do say so myself. I’m hoping to have the Paleo oatmeal cookie ready early this fall.
The idea for these cookies actually came from the Paleo Mom, Sarah Ballantyne. She has several recipes that employ walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and shredded coconut. This combination of flavors bears a remarkable similarity to oatmeal.