Well friends, it’s getting closer to Halloween and in our house there is tons of excitement over treats, costumes and decorating. My little guy wanted to make some cut-out cookies with some awesome cookie cutters that we found on a clearance last year. I have been wanting to make a chocolate cookie and experiment with dates as a sweetener. These cookies were easy to make and pretty healthy compared to other recipes. Best part of all, they have been officially dubbed “yummy” by the picky preschooler! I hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as we have. ~Carmen
1 c. coconut flour
1/3 c. baking cocoa
¼ c. coconut oil
¼ c. softened butter
2 tbsp. chia seeds + 6tbsp. water
1 c. medjool dates – pitted + 1 c. HOT water (this would be about 8 to 10 large dates)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (extract will do just fine)
¼ tsp. sea salt (I just eyeball it and add 2 pinches)
First, soak your chia seeds in warm water for about ten minutes while you are prepping other ingredients, they should be the consistency of a thick gel. Next, puree your dates and water until smooth. Then add your coconut oil, butter, vanilla bean paste and soaked chia seeds. Blend well.
In a separate bowl, sift coconut flour and cocoa to make a fine flour. Add your baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Now blend your dry ingredients with the wet mixture. You can do this by hand but a food processor or stand mixer will make work a bit shorter. The dough is going to look like brown Play-Doh, this is good. Now, roll the dough into a ball and refrigerate it for at least an hour. I like to cheat and throw it in the freezer for 20 minutes but I’m incredibly inpatient.
Once your dough is chilled, pre-heat your oven to 350, and place the dough ball between two sheets of parchment paper lightly greased with coconut oil. Roll the dough to 1/8-1/4” depending on how thin or crispy you want them. I recommend going thicker if you will be adding the glaze. Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes, or if you want a square graham-cracker style cookie just cut it with a knife (these are great with coffee or used for s’mores).
Bake for about 10-12 minutes. NOTE! All ovens are not created equal! I highly recommend checking how fast these are baking at the 5 minute mark and adjust accordingly. If you want soft cookies, take them out early and let them sit on the hot pan. It’s sort of a trial and error sort of deal.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting them with your favorite glaze or frosting. I used melted milk chocolate on the bats and powdered sugar on the skulls.