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Christmas Cookie Round-Up

15 December

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Oh, we love Christmastime!  Almost as much as we love Thanksgiving.  Nothing fills us with more joy than delicious food and people we love.  And both of us work hard to balance the fine line between treating ourselves and making ourselves sick.  During Thanksgiving, we source recipes that are healthy, but at Christmas we let ourselves stray a bit farther.

Which basically means lots of butter, and even some refined sugar!  {Seriously, look out, these girls are going wild!}

However, we’re also busy and prone to procrastination, so this holiday season we’re going to share 2 of our own recipes {for Maple Pecan Snack – which is addictive, so make the full amount} and Chai-Spiced Punch {no caffeine, no booze – but you could add some!}, and then a bunch of cookie recipes that we’ve found, bookmarked, and have every good intention of trying.

Maple Pecan Snack

Can’t eat nuts? Try substituting roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds for pecans.  These are great to serve to guests, or to have on hand as an afternoon snack.
1 lb pecans
2 Tb coconut oil
2 Tb maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a roasting pan.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring half-way through.

Chai-Spiced Punch

This drink has become a tradition in Liz’s house; we sip it as we trim the tree.  And since it simmers for 20 minutes, it also acts as an amazing potpourri!
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
6 cardamom pods
10 whole cloves
10 peppercorns, any color
1 2″ knob of fresh ginger, sliced
4 cups of milk of your choice, OR water, OR a mixture of both
Maple syrup, to taste

1. Combine liquid and spices in a medium pot, and let sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to an hour.
2. Slowly bring to a simmer, turn to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Strain out the spices, and, if you’re using a plant-based milk, use a fine sieve to strain the liquid, too {it will have separated}.
4. Add maple syrup to taste, and enjoy!

Cookies We’d Like to Make

First, a quick word.  We don’t feel like cookies need to be “healthy”, at least not at Christmastime.  However, it’s always a special treat when you get to munch on a cookie that actually nourishes your body.  SO, below are links to a few healthy recipes along with some more traditional ones.  All but one are gluten-free because Rye has Celiac disease and we’re the 2 Musketeers over here, and please keep in mind: we haven’t tried any of them.  So your feedback will be extra important {sure you have time to try a new recipe AND comment on it!  Come on, what else have you got to do?!}

Happy Holidays everyone!  And don’t forget to share if there’s a type of cookie you love, and we’ve forgotten to include a recipe for it.
Liz & Rye


Gluten-Free Pignoli Cookies

by Beard and Bonnet

No-Bake Coconut Snowballs

from The Kitchn

Traditional Gingerbread Cookies

from The Kitchn

Gluten-Free Pressed Sugar Cookies

from The Art of Gluten-Free Baking

Cranberry Bars

Gluten-, grain-, and refined sugar-free {we highly recommend using palm oil + honey}, by Elana’s Pantry

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookie Bars

by The Allergy Sensitive Kitchen

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

Gluten-, grain-, and refined sugar-free, by Elana’s Pantry {vegan if you sub maple syrup for the honey}

Pecan Pie Cookies

Vegan, gluten-, grain-, and refined sugar-free, by Allergy Free Alaska

Peanut Butter Cookies

Vegan, gluten-, and refined sugar-free, by Nourishing Meals.  Go ahead!  Smoosh a chocolate “kiss” on top!

Linzer Cookies

Gluten-, grain-, and refined sugar-free, by Real Food Forager

Hot Chocolate Drop Cookies

Gluten- and refined sugar-free, by Fresh 4 Five

Healthy Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Vegan, gluten- and refined sugar-free, by Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl

Chewy Molasses Almond Meal Cookies

Gluten-, grain-, and refined sugar-free, by Om Nom Ally


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Liz Flint-Somerville, Nutritional Consultant

Liz was a partner in Grub for 3 amazing years and helped author many of our most beloved recipes and posts. She is now dedicating her time to caring for her family, writing poetry, and continuing to cook delicious Real Foods.

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