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  • #46
    Vegan Baklava Cookies

    For the cookies:
    • 1 cup (112 g) almond flour , blanched superfine works best. Natural almond flour will work as well
    • 3 tablespoon tapioca starch or use potato or corn starch (or use 2 tbsp all purpose flour if ok with gluten)
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar or cane sugar
    Wet ingredients:
    • 1 tbsp refined coconut oil, measure in semi-solid state, melt before using , see note for oil free
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
    • zest of 1/4 of a lemon (Heaping 1/8 teaspoon)
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    For the baklava topping:
    • 2 tablespoon raw almonds or cashews or walnuts
    • 2 tablespoon walnuts or pecans
    • 2 tablespoon shelled raw unsalted pistachios, Pistachios add a lot to the baklava flavor. You can sub walnuts or pecans.
    • 8 small dates or 5-6 medjool dates
    • 2 teaspoons maple syrup, Or more as needed
    • zest of 1/4 of a lemon
    • Make the cookie dough: Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Press and mix to break the almond flour lumps. Add the (melted) coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix well. The mixture will be somewhat sticky, chill for 15-30 minutes.
    • In the meantime, make your topping; Add almonds, walnuts, and pistachios to a food processor and process until the nuts are evenly chopped and the mixture is close to a coarse meal. Then add dates, lemon zest, salt, and maple syrup. Process until the dates break down and the mixture is sticky.
    • Once the mixture is getting somewhat sticky, remove it from the food processor. Take the chilled cookie dough from the fridge. Use a 1.5 -2 tbsp cookie scoop or spoon and Scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
    • Roll the scoops into even balls and then press into flat discs. Then top the disc with baklava nut mixture (You can just put small portions of the mixture and press it on the cookie. Or you can make a flat disc out of a nut mixture and press it over the cookie like a thumbprint)
    • Bake at 330 degrees Fahrenheit (165C) for 12-14 minutes. Time depends on the size of the cookie and the cookie sheet you’re using. You might need to adjust it for 1 to 2 minutes more or less.
    • You want them to just start getting golden on the edges, but not any more than else they get too crisp. The cookie will be soft when it comes out of the oven. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
    • Let them cool for 10-15 minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet. Cool completely and serve.Store in a closed container on the counter for upto 3 days. Refrigerate for longer storage.
    • You can use orange zest instead of lemon zest
    • Add some cinnamon and cardamom to the baklava mixture for flavor variation
    • Oil free: omit the oil and use 1.5 tablespoons smooth nut butter. Almond or cashew preferred, peanut adds too much peanut flavor. Or omit oil and add 1-2 tsp more maple syrup for moisture.


    • #48
      fried garlic biscuits


      • #49
        Mediterranean diet named 'best diet overall' for 6th year in a row. Here's how to start it. (

        It's good for you, and it's tasty.