Chocolate Cranberry Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free}

chocolate cranberry cookie stack {paleo}Maybe I’m a sucker who falls easily, and that’s probably the case. But these cookies had me at “hello.” Well, they didn’t say hello, because then we would have a talking cookie on our hands, and no baker worth his salt would eat a talking cookie, because those could make you the big bucks. And we bakers aren’t really made of money; I mean, people don’t pay you bookoos for a pie, no matter how much love it’s made with. But I digress . . .

These cookies did great me with a “Hey there, I’m full of almond meal, texture, subtle sweetness, and I won’t make you feel gross in the morning. You game?” I was. I told you I was a sucker.

almond meal & brown rice flour

gf flours & spicesI snagged this recipe from a friend, and changed it a bit/ย a bunch.

chocolate cranberry cookie dough  {paleo}

chocolate cranberry cookie dough row {paleo}These cookies are the perfect “I know spring is right around the corner and I’m probably going to be forced into a bathing suit soon but by golly I am going to eat a cookie or two and not one of you can stop me” type of cookie. No sugar. No wheat or gluten. No dairy. Just protein packed almond meal, a bit of honey, and some chocolate, for strictly antioxidant purposes.

chocolate cranberry cookie row {paleo}

chocolate cranberry cookie row {paleo}I also don’t know if any of you caught this, but it’s St. Patrick’s Day. You may have caught this if you got pinched by strangers and were wondering if they were annoyed, or they thought you were especially cute today? Either way, it is, and I’m sorry/ not sorry that these aren’t vibrant green cookies. I’ll probably drink a green smoothie later in the spirit of leprechauns and pots of gold, but other than that, I highly doubt there will be bright green confections on this blog today.

Also, as adults, do we still pinch each other if we aren’t wearing green? Is that still a thing? Can itย not be? Cool thanks.

chocolate cranberry cookie row {paleo}

chocolate cranberry cookie stack {paleo}So here’s to St. Patrick, here’s to your health, and here’s to spring.

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies {gluten-free, dairy=free, sugar-free}

makes approximately 20-24 cookies, depending on size

2 cups almond meal*

1 1/4 cup brown rice flour

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips {the darker the better! more flavor, less sugar}

3/4 cup dried cranberries

*Almond meal can be hella expensive in stores! I buy almonds in bulk, and whir them in a high-speed blender. Just don’t blend them too much, or you’ll be dealing with almond butter!

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the almond meal, brown rice flour, sea salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, honey, maple syrup, almond milk, and melted coconut oil. Whisk until well combined. If your coconut oil starts to harder once whisked in, you may need to slightly heat the bowl, not enough to cook the eggs, but to about 77-ish degrees {coconut oil solidifies at 76 or below, and melts at 77+; I simply held mine over a stove for 30-ish seconds and it whisked together beautifully! If you are making these in the summertime, you shouldn’t have this problem. ๐Ÿ™‚ }

Combine the wet & dry ingredients, then add the chocolate chips & dried cranberries. The dough will look pretty wet, but you can pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up if you like! Or you can put them straight into the oven.

Spoon about 2 Tbsp worth onto your parchment paper, about 1 1/2 inches apart from each other {I like to use an ice cream scoop, because I love big cookies}. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they start to become lightly golden brown. Beware: don’t leave in too long or the bottoms will burn because of the honey. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes, then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Cookies will last in an airtight container for 3 days, but they freeze really well too! The cookie dough can also be rolled into balls and frozen, then baked straight from frozen; just add a few more minutes onto the bake time.

Inspired by: a friend, springtime, & health

Listening to : Patty Griffin NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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  1. Wow, these sound amazing. Bookmarking right now…

  2. um you’ve made me do it again. dang it.

  3. These look delicious! I recently made chocolate walnut cranberry cookies- great minds think alike! But I am going to try your almond meal + brown rice flour combo next time ๐Ÿ™‚

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