My favorite cookies to bake every Christmas were sugar cookies, mostly because it was so fun decorating them. They never were my favorite to eat. I wanted to continue the tradition with my own kids, though, but didn’t want a pile of cookies that wouldn’t get eaten.
I played around with this one a while and last Christmas came up with this recipe and they’re delicious! And guess what, they don’t have sugar!! The sweetness comes from the honey and applesauce. No processed sugar. The almond flour gives it such a rich nutty flavor. These make it hard for me to keep my hands out of the cookie jar!
I didn’t frost them in order to stay clear of sugar over-load. I did let the kids decorate them with red and green sprinkles, though, to keep them festive.
2 cups fine ground almond flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup local honey
1-2 tbsp applesauce, no sugar added
1 tbsp vanilla extract
- In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients, mix together well. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the butter, honey, applesauce and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until a ball forms. Wrap in parchment paper and let chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- Once dough is ready, press (dough will not easily roll with a roller, so press with your hands) the dough out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters. If the shapes stick slightly to your work surface, gently slide a spatula under them to transfer to a baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden on the edges.
- If you are just using sprinkles to decorate, then do that right out of the oven and gently press them in so they’ll stick. If you intend to use frosting, then wait until the cookies are completely cool before adding frosting.