Paleo Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have a little story for you about cookies and friendship (two of the sweetest things in life, right!?). So a few years ago, I was on the hunt for a healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe. I had tried so many different ones, but just couldn't find a recipe for a healthy cookie that didn't taste healthy. I wanted something that would satisfy even the most decadent of sweet tooth's (ahem, like mine). After a lot of baking and critiquing (I always thought I should be a dessert critic, LOL), I finally found that perfect cookie. And not only did I find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, I also reconnected with the genius baker and blogger-extraordinaire behind them, a long-time family friend who I hadn't seen in years, Rachel of Bakerita!
I was so excited when I discovered Rachel's blog that I immediately reached out to her to tell her how life-changing her cookies were and that we had to get together soon to catch up after all these years. Fast forward a couple years, a lot of ladies-lunch-dates, a few puppy playdates, and tons of Tupperwares filled with Rachel's goodies (I know, I'm a lucky girl), Rachel has become one of my closest friends in this crazy blogging world. She's always there to answer any of my blogging questions (she's been in the biz forever - she started Bakerita in high school if you can believe that!), help me when I'm stuck on a recipe, be my partner in crime at Expo West, and she's obviously my go-to girl whenever I need a no-fail dessert that everyone will love!
A couple weeks ago, we decided to get together for a puppy playdate (Penny & Hank are SO cute together!) and obviously we wanted to do some baking while they ran around like maniacs. Inspired by the original cookies that reconnected us, we decided to make a festive holiday version, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! A dash of cinnamon, handful of pecans, and a sprinkle of dried cranberries make these cookies the perfect recipe for the season. Rachel and I were so excited by how they turned out, so of course we couldn't wait to share them on our blogs! Check out her post here!
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature (not melted)
½ cup coconut sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon sea salt
2¼ cups blanched almond flour
½ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
¼ cup dried cranberries (I like this brand because they're sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar)
¼ cup chopped pecans
Optional: Flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top
Yields 16 cookies.
I mean, could you not just dive right into those pools of chocolate!? So delish! Enjoy!
Photography: Rachel / Bakerita
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.