Paper Tiger Almond Vanilla Cookies
- Course/Dish: Cookies
- Meals: Snack
- Main Ingredient: Chocolate, Almonds, Dates
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Cuisine: French
- Makes: 20 flattened tbsp-size cookies
These little chocolate drizzled almond vanilla cookies are sure to disappear quite quickly once they come out of the dehydrator. Be prepared to walk away and come back to nothing more than a trail of crumbs. The light texture of coconut flour and leftover pulp from making almond milk create a very authentic crumbly cookie consistency, while the cacao butter and fresh vanilla bean lend a superbly rich sweet flavor. Use dates alone to sweeten or step it up with a few drops of vanilla stevia.
On a side note, it is highly recommended that you hum along to Beck's "Paper Tiger" while making these scrumptious little almond vanilla cookies!
2 1/2 cups almond pulp, packed
16 dates, soaked
2-3 tsp vanilla bean powder (can substitute with the seeds of one vanilla bean or 1-2 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp ground coconut flour
Cacao Tiger Stripes
1/3 cup melted cacao butter
1/2 cup cacao powder, sifted
20 drops vanilla or regular stevia
1) Defrost almond pulp (if leftover and stored in the freezer).
2) Combine almond pulp with the soaked dates, vanilla bean powder, and ground coconut flour. Process in a food processor until well combined and the mixture sticks together.
3) Press shapes into small cookie formations using a tablespoon. Dehydrate at at 115 degrees for approximately 8 hours, either flipping halfway through or leaving on one side (I did the latter, and the cookies were softly moist in the middle after eight hours).
Cacao Tiger Stripes
1) Shave and melt cacao butter in a small bowl that sits above some lightly steaming warm water.
2) Wait until the cacao butter is fully melted and combine with the sifted cacao butter and stevia.
3) Whisk until ingredients are well-combined, and transfer to a squeeze bottle (this will make a large batch of raw cacao chocolate, so be prepared to sample the leftovers).
Decorate the cookies
place cookies on a sheet of parchment paper. Drizzle the chocolate over each cookie and let cool. Eat cookies "just like a paper tiger, torn apart by idle hands" (lyrics from the song) with a glass of almond mylk, or on their own for a softly sweet raw dessert treat.