Happy Holidays Cookies and Embers in the Heart

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It would be foolish calling it “my” recipe. This is just a regular cookies recipe I adapted it to my taste: trough the combination of lemon zest and maple syrup (or honey), vanilla and cinnamon, this cookies have only a slight intention of being holiday cookies. The truth is, you can make them any time of the year. Sometimes, I make them for breakfast, because they are VERY simple to make and they taste best with a cup of tea or coffee. Of course, only if you manage to get some before other family members have devoured them.

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Another benefit of making these cookies is that they are a perfect holiday present. They are not only delicious, they are also very pretty. I love to give homemade, healthy food as a present (attention! I also love to get homemade, healthy food as a present!). While you are wrapping them into gift wrap, be aware that not only taste and invested time count, but also the devotion and intention you put into the preparation. Devotion is my secret ingredient for everything!

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With all my heart I thank You for a wonderful year and Your friendly support! I wish You wonderful holidays and peace and embers in Your heart- that is the best food anyway!

Healthy (Holiday) Cookies

Ingredients:

100 g whole grain flour
100 g rolled oats flour, (rolled oats rinsed in)
100 ml maple syrup (you can also use honey)
70 g  cup warm coconut oil (or clarified butter)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tsp arrowroot (or 1 egg)
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 Tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of one un-waxed lemon
Your favorite jam (I used raspberry)

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl pour the warm, melted coconut oil over the honey and whisk in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. In a separate medium bowl combine the flour, oats, arrowroot (or 1 egg), sea salt, baking soda, and lemon zest. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Let the dough sit for 10 minutes. The dough should be quite stiff.
3. Roll the dough into the small balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Use a small finger to make a hole in the top of each ball of dough. Fill each hole with some jam.
4. Bake for 7 minutes or until the bottom and edges of the cookies are just golden. Resist to over-bake, otherwise the cookies are going to be too hard.

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