Remember when I introduced you to Leanne Vogel’s newest E-Cookbook Christmas Dessert Freedom? Well I’m still obsessed with it. And when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED. I made 3 recipes from the book last night alone! And I wish I could say I had leftovers, but the treats were THAT good that my partner and I gobbled them up quicker than I anticipated. Yes, I’m being serious but I should also mention that I quartered the recipes, so it’s not like we each ate a dozen cookies :)
I started off with the Maple Shortbread Cookies because shortbread cookies have always been a holiday staple in my house. I couldn’t wait to see if they measured up to my mom’s traditional cookies. They were incredibly easy to make and tasted yummy. I baked them for the lower end of the time range provided because I was too exited to try them. When I make them again I’ll cook them for the longer recommended time though because I found the centre of the cookie was not as flakey as the rest.
Next on the list was Gingersnaps. Oh sweet gingersnaps! These were my favourite out of the three treats I baked last night. Their texture was fantastic, their flavour was bold yet not overpowering and the smell of them baking made my knees week. An added bonus was that I thought the cookies looked very pretty. I love the subtle cracks that occurred while they baked. To me this made them look like “regular” gluten, dairy and egg filled cookies. The Gingersnaps are the browned cookies at the bottom of the picture:
And last but not least, who could resist a Rum Ball? Okay, confession time: I’d never actually had a rum ball before last night because they never sounded appealing to me. When I saw the ingredients to these rum balls though I just had to give them a try. These healthy little treats are made with hemp seeds, medjool dates, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, coconut nectar, coconut oil and of course a little bit of rum. Leanne is actually having a giveaway RIGHT NOW on her blog (Healthful Pursuit) to win the ingredients to make these Rum Balls. So grab a copy of Christmas Dessert Freedom HERE and then head on over to Healthful Pursuit HERE to enter for a chance to win. These Rum Balls were delicious, you definitely need to make them immediately. Their texture reminded me of my Ultimate Superfood Energy Bites but their flavour was much more decadent and it immediately felt like the holidays when I bit into one. The Rum Balls are the beautiful morsels on the right-hand side:
Next on my list to try from Christmas Dessert Freedom are the Cocoa Caramel Bars, Sugar Cookies and Pecan Pie Bars. I may or may not be drooling just thinking about it! If you want to get a copy of Christmas Dessert Freedom so can drool along with me, click HERE!
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