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Remember the game where I say a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind? Let’s play that. Here’s your word:
Time’s up. What did you think of?
The first word that comes to my mind, if you haven’t already guessed, is cookie. And since I love you all so much, I have a sweet deal on cookies to share!
Diana from My Humbled Kitchen is a sweet friend of mine who has written an amazing book called Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday. Can you guess what the book is about? Yes! Cookies! And I’m truly excited to share this new book with you guys.
Now, on the slight chance you might be thinking that there couldn’t possibly be room in your cupboard for another cookbook, or your kitchen for another cookie, think again. Allow me to share eight reasons why you should consider this book.
- It’s beautiful. I know, not something you’d think was important in a cookbook, but you can’t tell me that you’d want a cookbook that had ugly pictures. Am I right? Look at those pictures above. Every single picture in this book is gorgeous and screams “eat me.” It’s a good thing it’s an eBook, otherwise the pages would be wet from drool!
- It’s filled with several recipes you’ve likely never heard of. Diana’s heritage stems from Spain so some recipes are not quite the average cookie. Mexican Orange Cookies and Spanish Polvorones could easily become Crumbs Christmas cookie staples and we’d all be better off for it!
- Every recipe is made with whole, all-natural sugars. I love that while you can use processed sugars in the recipes if that’s what you have in your pantry (I used regular ‘ol white granulated sugar in ours), she encourages the use of healthier sweeteners, explains the various types of sweeteners at the front of the book and even tested them out for you in the recipes. I never would have guessed those cookies above had honey in them!
- Every recipe that uses flour, calls for whole wheat flour. There’s only one recipe (Soft “Sugar” Cookies) that uses unbleached, unbromated flour and two that don’t use flour at all, but all the rest use whole wheat. And if the other recipes are anything like the double chocolate chip cookie recipe we made on Sunday, they’re downright amazingly delicious.
- There are a few upgraded and healthier classic cookies. I’m thinking of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip, Buttered Cutout Cookies and Soft “Sugar” Cookies in particular. All with upgraded sugar (reduced to just enough) and upgraded flour and I bet you either a) won’t know the difference, or b) prefer these versions instead.
- There are three bonus recipes. Diana shares one recipe that looks like a part taffy, part brittle (I could be wrong, I haven’t made those yet!) and another one that’s like mini-bunuelos infused with citrus. She also includes a Honeyed Buttercream that you can use in place of any traditional cooking icing… or you can just make the icing and eat it with a spoon. I won’t tell!
- She shares her tips to get a successful batch of cookies – every time. Ever have cookies spread too far out? Fall flat? Burn too fast? Come out dry? Unsure what speed is “medium?” Diana addresses all these concerns, and more, so you are completely ready to hit dessert out of the park, every.single.time.
- It’s filled with cookie recipes! Seriously, do you really need any other reason?!
I know we’re all trying to eat healthier, and under normal circumstances I’d tell you to just avoid cookies in general. Store-bought cookies are filled with junk and most of the cookie recipes we have in our cupboards likely call for too much processed sugar anyway. It’s easier just to mark and avoid than it is to re-engineer and waste money on expensive sugars and flours.
However, I also know that we live in the real world. There’s no way Christmas is coming and going in my house without a batch (or five) of cookies. If we’re going to be indulging, we might as well try to do it a bit healthier, right?
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Warning – don’t be surprised if you find a hard time choose which recipe to make. My parents came over for pizza last weekend and after flipping through the pages, I was deadlocked and just wanted to make them all. I passed my Kindle to my step-mom (although you don’t need a kindle to read an eBook, just a computer or mobile device) and SHE had a hard time decided too! We narrowed it down to two and the Double Chocolate Chip recipe won. There might have been some bias in there from me…. maybe…
The kids and I made a batch the next day and ate them warm out of the oven. Oh man, it was like part cookie, part brownie and absolutely amazing. I made a comment about them not being super sweet like most cookies and not only did Mr. Crumbs agree, but he liked these better! This, coming from the man who didn’t even want to have any in the first place! I can’t divulge numbers, but let’s just say he ate his fair share. 😉
Remember to use CRUMBS to save 20% before it expires this coming Saturday, November 23. After all, how can you have Christmas without cookies?!
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
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