This year, Chatelaine magazine launched a Holiday Cookie Exchange with a few foodie-obsessed friends like me. I shared a recipe for my Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies which is a joyous-reader fave! Have you made it? And the Chatelaine kitchen team sent me a recipe to try these "Fruit Thins" from their holiday cookie collection.
Of course in joyous style, I made a few modifications to make it friendly for the joyous community — YOU! The main ingredients I changed were instead of white flour I used spelt flour, instead of sugar I used to maple syrup, instead of butter (I’m not against butter I just wanted to make it as friendly for all dietary choices as possible) I used coconut oil. I also added some more spices like ground ginger and ground cinnamon. In fact, we could easily call these Spicy Fruit and Nut thins.
I also halved the recipe because it makes 40 cookies and I don’t know what I would do with that many cookies between Walker and Vienna and I — eek. It would be dangerous really! However, the recipe I have included below does make 40 cookies. If you want to make about 20 cookies instead, just divide every ingredient in half. It also makes it a bit easier when you get to the part where you slice the near-frozen batter because you don’t have to cut it crosswise.
These cookies really remind me of skinny biscotti. In fact, you could even bake them a little longer to make them even more like a biscotti-texture if you like!
I have to admit, I was really unsure how these were gonna turn out because I changed ingredients and also changed up the method a bit. They turned out AMAZING and will definitely be on my holiday cookie recipe list for years to come.
Just make sure no matter what, you use high-quality ingredients. I went to my local health food store and bought these organic hazelnuts, pistachios and sulphite-free cranberries (notice they’re not bright red). Shopping in bulk for these type of ingredients is a cheaper way to buy organic. Note: hazelnuts are pretty damn expensive, so feel free to swap with raw almonds instead :).
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Makes 40 cookies. As per my notes above, I divided every single ingredient into half because 40 cookies would just be asking for trouble in my home, ha! Dividing some ingredients in half like the flour was a super odd measurement so I just ballparked it and it turned out perfect, so don't stress about it being 100% accurate.
By the way, taste the batter to make sure it's sweet enough to your likely. I significantly reduced the amount of sugar.
*1/2 cup dry quinoa makes a little over a cup of cooked
*Make sure you read the ingredients of the chocolate chips to make sure they are gluten-free and vegan
(Makes 24 cookies)
*Egg-free option :
To the 1/4 cup chia seeds measurement, add 1/2 cup water.
In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water. Let sit for a few minutes to become gelatinous. If it's too thick, add a few more tablespoons of water. Add this mixture to the large bowl with wet mixture. These chia seeds are NOT in addition to what the recipe calls for above.