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#CookieLove Blog Hop: Carob Ganache Linzer Cookies

This humble cookie will reluctantly steal the show at any get together. It’s rich carob ganache and hints of almond pair perfectly with the subtle, flaky butter cookies. They are a little time-consuming, but it is so worth it. I’ve never made Linzer cookies before, so this was an interesting experience. I was extremely pleased with the outcome and the good feedback that I received on them!

These cookies would make a great activity to share with friends and family, getting help putting them together would cut the prep time drastically. If you bundle up these darling Linzer cookies, they would make great gifts or would be fantastic for a cookie exchange. You’ll definitely need to try these out!

  • Prep time: 2 hours – Cook time: 30 minutes – Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes – Servings: 30
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup(s) of Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
  • 1 cup(s) of Organic Sugar
  • 1 Flaxseed Egg (1 tbsp. Flaxseed w/ 3 tbsp. Warm Water)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of Almond Extract
  • 2 3/4 cup(s) of Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of Sea Salt
  • 1 cup(s) of Carob Chips
  • 1/2 cup(s) of + 2 Tbsp. Earth Balance Organic Soy Milk
  • 1/4 tsp. of Almond Extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of Optional: Powdered Sugar for topping
Directions:

 

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in flaxseed egg, vanilla and almond extracts. In a medium-sized bowl combine salt and flour, slowly add to the butter until the dough is crumbly but moist.
  2. Cover dough with Saran wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350°F an line two baking pans with parchment paper. Roll dough out to 1/8″ thick, using a 3″ wide circle cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as your dough will allow. Separate half of the cookies, using a smaller circle or preferred shape cut out the center of those cookies.
  4. Place cookies onto the sheets about and 1″ apart from each other, and bake for 9-10 minutes. You may have to bake these in three different sets depending on the size/quantity of your oven(s), hence the 30 minute cooking time.
  5. While the cookies are baking and cooling on racks, melt the carob chips with soy milk in a small pan over medium heat. Add in almond extract and stir until an even consistency. Take off of heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. When the cookies have cooled sprinkle powdered sugar over the cookie tops (ones with the cutouts), and spread a teaspoon or so of the ganache on the bottom of the cookie bases.
  7. Create a cookie sandwich by putting the tops onto the bases, and fill the center with a little more ganache. After all of the cookies are assembled, refrigerate them so that they can set.
There have been so many great recipes submitted into #cookielove this month! It’s awesome to see everyone participating, and I have another cookie recipe coming up soon ( a healthy one, though!). I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season so far, I know that mine has kept me VERY busy.

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Vegan Chocolate Covered Fruit!

I feel like chocolate covered fruit is the perfect compromise between healthy and indulgent that makes for a great dessert.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Vegan Carob Chips

1/4 Cup Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate (Make sure there’s no dairy in it!)

1 Tbsp. Non Dairy Milk (I used unsweetened rice milk)

1 Orange (peeled & pulled into segments)

4 Strawberries

2 Kiwis (skinned & sliced)

Directions:

Get a small pot and fill it halfway with water, place a bowl that is wider than the pot over it and wedge it open with a folded cloth/napkin/paper towel. Turn up to medium heat and place rice milk, carob & semi-sweet chocolate chips into the bowl and stir every 2 minutes until all is combined and melted thoroughly.

Melted Chocolate

Next, skewer the fruit pieces with toothpicks and either dip them into the chocolate or drizzle them with it. Place on a sheet of wax paper on a plate and once they are all done transfer them to a refrigerator for at least an hour or two. Take them out and gobble them up, it’ll be hard to share these!

Chocolate Covered Fruit

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