I hadn't intended to be baking today. I had nice plans for my day off that were unfortunately upended by the unexpected. I don't want to go and deal with the aforementioned "unexpected", so I'm procrastinating by baking, which is really quite a nice stress-reliever. Then, I'll continue to procrastinate by practicing some yoga, taking a bath, watching a movie...
But for now... shortbread!
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicious as is, and they're so flexible2, they can easily be customized with fun flavors and/or glazes - lemon, fruit preserves, chocolate/chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar, chocolate mint... Yum. Did I mention that they also have NO gluten, soy, corn, nuts or refined sugars?? Well, they don't.
Coconut Cream Shortbread
(makes 8-12 mini cookies)
- 70g (1/2 Cup) Sorghum Flour
- 20g (2 Tbsp + 2 tsp) Tapioca Starch
- 60g (approx. 1/4 Cup) Creamed Coconut or Coconut Butter (NOT Coconut Oil)
- 1/2 Chia Egg (1 1/2 tsp Ground Chia + 4 1/2 tsp filtered water)
- 30g (3 Tbsp) Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Scant 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Prepare your chia egg, and set aside to thicken.
In mixing bowl, combine creamed coconut, coconut sugar, salt, vanilla and 1 tsp of very hot water. I found that a fork works quite nicely to really mix the ingredients well.
In a separate bowl, stir/whisk together the tapioca and sorghum.
Stir the chia egg into the creamed coconut mixture, then add the dry ingredients. Mix/knead everything until a smooth, stiff dough forms - you will need to knead3 with your hands.
Once the dough is smooth and uniform, break off small pieces, and roll between your palms to form 1" balls. Using your fingers or a fork, gently flatten each dough ball - to approx. 1/4" thickness - onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Place the cookie sheet in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
Transfer the baking sheet to a preheated oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. The cookies should seem slightly undercooked, when you remove them; they'll continue to bake a bit and firm up as they cool.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving or scarfing down.5
1. Although that wouldn't be a bad thing, it's true... I swear!
2. susceptible of modification or adaptation; adaptable: a flexible schedule.
3. Aren't I clever?
4. I let these cool right on the baking sheet, although I wouldn't recommend that method for most baked goods.
5. It might be difficult, but trust me, your patience will be rewarded.