Dina’s Delightful Cookies

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On June 10, 2009 @ 11:10 pm In cookies,desserts | 32 Comments

dina's delightful cookies

These delicious cookies, chock full of coconut, walnuts and raisins are the product of our very recent visit to my parents.

Today the boys and I returned home to Colorado from visiting them in California. We went to have some family bonding time and distract them from a health issue one of them has been dealing with over the past year.

While there, we were able to see my sister, Dina and hang out with her. Of course, I wanted to know what she’s been cooking lately. Among many other things, she’s been making a version of my chocolate chip cookies sans chocolate, adding coconut, walnuts and raisins.

After making dinner and doing a few loads of laundry, I eagerly popped these in the oven. They were every bit as good as she said they would be.

Dina’s Delightful Cookies
¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup raisins

  1. In a large bowl, combine oil, agave and vanilla
  2. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour salt, baking soda, walnuts, coconut and raisins
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing thoroughly
  4. Form dough into 1-inch balls and flatten onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges
  6. Cool and serve
Makes approximately 16 cookies

The dough for these cookies tends to be a little crumbly so you’ll need to use some extra pressure when forming it into balls. In terms of other information regarding this recipe, I toasted the chopped walnuts, though not the shredded coconut. No reason really, other than instinct. I cook quite a lot by instinct so it’s kinda funny to me when people ask why I do things a certain way. Often there is no conscious reason.

Dina uses these as a breakfast cookie. While I myself don’t do well eating sweets for breakfast, many of you might find these a tempting and delicious way to start your day. I’ll be saving mine for dessert. Either way, thanks Dina, and yum!


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