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Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies. 

~by Regan Jones, RD

[Note: This post originally appeared here in December 2014. Because it is a classic Christmas cookie suitable for anyone with gluten or grain sensitivities or those looking for a lower sugar cookie to enjoy at Christmas, I'm sharing it with you again today. Enjoy!]

When I set out to participate in this month’s Recipe ReDux (a riff on the popular Facebook meme where someone grabs a book and shares a line from a certain page) I had no shortage of cookbooks to choose from. I suspect it’s that way in the kitchens of most ReDux’ers. We are, after all, foodies by nature… even if we’re living life online.

The problem was choosing which cookbook to grab. I think we agreed on “the closest one”. But since mine are all piled up in the same location, that really didn’t help. So I grabbed from a stack of seasonal and baking books and off I went. Thumbing straight to page 42 (in celebration of the 42 ReDuxes we’ve done to date. Can you believe that?!?) and found, oddly enough, pages with no recipes. I found Christmas crafts and the back-end of a Sugar Cookie recipe, but it’s the holidays… and as much as I wanted to live up to the spirit of the challenge, I also wanted to cook something good!

Finally, I landed on a beautiful picture of Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies in Cooking Light’s Way to Bake Cookbook. It is a delectable looking confection but really, needed no ReDux’ing. Cooking Light already knows the way to make healthy, delicious.

So I improvised a bit, using that recipe for inspiration to create a nut-based cookie… and then honestly, I just #DidMyThang. I created a cookie that fits the needs of at least 3 people who I know I’m baking for this Christmas — my husband (who is gluten-free), myself (who prefers to avoid cane sugar) and my Dad (who is experimenting with grain-free baking and low-carb desserts.)

It sounds like a diet-experiment gone wrong, but I promise they are perfect for a “mixed” family’s holiday cookie platter (i.e. us hybrids who have all types of sensitivities and preferences in what we eat) or any holiday dessert table for that matter.

Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas filled with yummy dishes, festive beverages, good company and the patience to enjoy everything else!  

 

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A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

To create a completely gluten-free, sugar-free cookie for ReDux I also used this Lemon Poppyseed Breakfast Cookies on All Day I Dream About Food as a guide. If you're looking for more sugar-free, gluten-free {and low-carb} goodies, be sure to check out her site! And tell her Regan sent ya! 

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A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies 

Not in the cookie making mood?

Check out what the other ReDuxers celebrated with this month!

 

A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe that anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies #TheRecipeRedux
A healthy grain free Christmas cookie recipe anyone can enjoy! Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

Gluten Free Lemon Nut Sandies

Yield

Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar or bakeable sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or bakeable sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond and coconut flours, pecans, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sweetener, egg, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, almond extract and stevia; beat until smooth. Add flour mixture; beat just until smooth.
  4. Spoon out into balls onto prepared baking sheet and flatten using back of measuring cup coated with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until set and edges are beginning to brown. Remove and let cool 5 minutes.
  6. Combine remaining ingredients; spread lightly and evenly over warm cookies. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container. 
Click for nutritional information
Calories 96
Carbohydrates 4.8g
Fiber 1.4g
Sugar 1g
Fat 8.1g
Protein 3.1g
Sodium 71mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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