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Witch Finger Cookies With Strawberry Jam [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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The classic witch fingers cookies get a healthy, gluten-free, and paleo vegan makeover! They’re easy to make and always a hit at Halloween parties! Besides the fact that these cookies are scary and spook-tacular these gruesome, gory fingers for your cookie-munchin’-mouths are super easy. And, for those of you that are concerned, taste nothing like a severed finger. They’re kind of like a shortbread in the sense that they’re more of a dry cookie — the kind that goes perfectly with coffee or warm apple cider.

Witch Finger Cookies With Strawberry Jam [Vegan, Grain-Free]

Serves

16 cookies

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil at room temperature (should be the consistency of softened butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 sliced almonds

For the Strawberry Jelly:

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons agave

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the agave and coconut oil and smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the vanilla and almonds extracts and beat once more.
  3. Add the coconut flour and salt into the bowl and stir until well combined, and a wet dough forms. Scrape the dough onto a large piece of saran wrap and wrap into a flat, thin disc. Place into the refrigerator until firm and roll-able, about 25-30 minutes.
  4. While the dough chills, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the chopped berries and agave and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook the berries, stirring frequently, until they become very thick and smooth, about 13-14 minutes. Make sure to really keep an eye at them near the end of cooking time, so they don’t burn.
  6. Transfer the berry mixture to a bowl and mash with a fork. Place into the refrigerator to set up.
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll 1 tablespoon-sized balls into 4-inch long finger-shapes, that are about 1/2-inch thick. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and firmly press a sliced almond into the tip of the finger, to create fingernails. Remove the almond before baking. Then, using a small, sharp knife, make several horizontal, shallow cuts just under the fingernail, and then in the center of each finger, to represent knuckles.
  8. Lightly press in the dough on either sides of the knuckles to shape them. Place the whole pan into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  9. Once frozen, bake the cookies until golden brown, and lightly crackly (the cracks are normal, don’t worry!) about 13-14 minutes. Let cool on the pan completely.
  10. Once cooled, dip the bottom of the finger into the strawberry jam, so it looks like it’s been cut off. Then, fill the fingernail space with a dollop of the jam, and press in a sliced almond.

Nutrional Information

Calories: 122 | Carbs: 13.7g | Fat: 7.6g | Protein: 0.9g | Sugar: 10.7g | Sodium: 47mg

Notes

You will only use about half of the jam, but it's hard to make a smaller amount with it burning.

Store cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. They will become crunchy, as the coconut oil will harden once chilled. Just let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving, if you like a softer cookie.

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Taylor is the blogger, recipe developer, photographer and general mess maker behind the blog Food Faith Fitness. Her blog aims to show that eating healthfully does not have to break the bank or equal bland and boring! It can be easy to make and totally delicious. Taylor believes in living a balanced, whole life so Food Faith Fitness also focuses on fitness/nutrition tips and working on keeping Christ at the center of daily life. However, Taylor also believes that moderation is key, so sometimes it’s ok to just go and eat a cookie!

When she isn’t blogging or messing up her kitchen, Taylor leads a pretty simple life. Places that you could find her include: the gym, her Bible study or just snuggling up on the couch with husband and doggy, watching The Food Network (Chopped in particular!) Taylor also has not-so-secret obsessions with all things peanut butter, cookie dough (even better if they are together!) pink and leopard print. Keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


 

 

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