With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to celebrate all the love (which is probably why the song Same Love just gives me the feel-goods this time of year). What also gives me all the feel-goods, is that my extended family is growing by two!
My cousin and her wife will be welcoming twins (one of each!) in just a few short weeks. Growing babies (plural) is no easy task and can take a lot out of the mom-to-be. Sometimes dietary changes are needed to keep those babies happy and healthy, like cutting sugar to help with gestational diabetes.
Sometimes we still need to celebrate a HUGE life milestone with some tasty treats. So I whipped up some of these sugar-sensitive dark chocolate chunk shortbread cookies, which also happen to be gluten free and paleo, for my cousin to celebrate with during her baby shower.
They start off with homemade chocolate chunks made with honey instead of refined sugar. Yes, you too can make your own chocolate chips. Simply melt baker’s chocolate, stir in some honey to taste and add a pinch of salt for complexity.
These cookies are quite tender with a crumbly biscuit-like texture and just a hint of sweetness. The coconut flour and oil add a delicate flavor which complements the dark chocolate chunks nicely. This recipe is adapted from The Healthy Foodie (thanks for the inspiration!).
Once you mix up the baker’s chocolate, honey and salt, spread it on a piece of wax paper. Fold the wax paper over the top of the chocolate paste and use your fingers to spread the mixture into a flat disk. Refrigerate until chilled and cut into chunks.
This time through, I used a rubber spatula to mix the wet ingredients into the shortening and pastry blender to mix in the dry, but I highly recommend making this recipe in the food processor. It comes together very quickly with a few quick pulses.
That dough does look pretty irresistible, and almost guilt free.
Use 2 tablespoons of dough to form the cookies into heart shapes. The dough may be a little dry and take some finessing, but the cookies don’t need to be smooth as the texture gives them a bit of character.
These alternative cookies are pretty addictive. As a traditional cookie lover, I was surprised to find myself sneaking back into the kitchen for seconds and thirds of this paleo treat. Give this recipe a try the next time you are looking for a guilt-free dessert. It’s also great for the classroom as it is low in allergens, and your office probably wouldn’t mind if you shared the love too!
Looking for more ways to share the love? Check out these Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes.