There are only two types of people in this world. People who love Valentine’s Day, and people who despise it.
I happen to be in the “love it” camp. I’ve always loved it, but 8 years ago was my favorite Valentine’s ever. It’s the day my husband proposed!! Isn’t that so cheesy? Proposing on Valentine’s day? I always told him I thought Valentine’s proposals were far from impressive, so that’s exactly why he did it. He knew I’d be totally surprised and caught off guard. His plan worked. Everything about the proposal was perfect and we were married 6 months later!
Alright, I’ll take another stroll down memory lane later, but now I’ll move on to the recipe!
Grain-Free Valentine’s Cut-Out Cookies
(Adapted From Danielle Walker’s Paleo Sugar Cookies)
4c Almond Flour
1/4c Coconut Flour
4t Unsalted Butter
1t Vanilla Extract
1/2t Almond Extract
1t Baking Soda
(Extra coconut flour for rolling out)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until a smooth ball of dough forms.
- Chill dough for 20 minutes.
- Put 1/4 of the dough in a ball in the center of some parchment paper. Sprinkle coconut oil on top and on the rolling pin. Roll out the dough, keeping it to about ¼” thickness. Use cookie cutters to “punch out” the cookies as my kids like to say. Then place them on a baking sheet. You can fit quite a few on 1 sheet because they don’t expand.
- Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Continue gathering up the excess dough and re-rolling it until you’ve used it all up.
Healthy frosting doesn’t really need to exist in my mind. That’s kinda the point of frosting – to be sugary and sweet. Anyway, I tried making one paleo frosting (gick). Then I tried another that turned out pretty good…but, I added a bunch of powdered sugar until it was the consistency I wanted =)
1c Unsalted Butter
4T Arrowroot Powder
4T Coconut Flour
4T Coconut Oil (melted)
1 Pinch Salt
~1c Powdered Sugar
Food Coloring (Optional) Without it, it’s a light yellow.
Mix all of the ingredients except the powdered sugar in a food processor until smooth. Then add in powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency and sweetness.
The kids and I had a great time decorating together. I left a lot of the mini cookies unfrosted for a treat for the littlest ones.Then we brought them to Daddy at the firestation and to some friends who were moving into a new house =)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Don’t forget to “like” healthkicklifestyle on Facebook and sign up for the monthly newsletter, too!