Orange-Spice Russian Tea Cakes (Dairy & Gluten-Free)
- 1 1/2 cups non-glycemic dry sweetener such as Swerve sweetener, or Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory root sweetener, or your favorite sweetener
- Fine shredded unsweetened coconut flakes - 1 7/8 cups
- Arrowroot flour - 5 tablespoons
- Ground cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
- Ground nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon
- Ground anise (optional) - 1/4 teaspoon
- Unprocessed salt - 1/4 heaping teaspoon
- Large eggs - 3 (165 grams out of shell)
- Pure vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons
- Finely grated zest of 1 organic orange
- Coarsely chopped almonds - 1 cup
- Frozen Pascha 100% Cacao Organic Dark Chocolate Baking Chips Unsweetened - 1/3 cup
- To coat: 3/4 cup very finely ground sweetener, such as Swerve confectioner's sweetener, or Swerve sweetener or Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory root sweetener, finely ground in a processor or blender
- Preheat oven to 325º F. Cover two baking trays with parchment paper. You can chop the almonds in the food processor at this point if you like, and set them aside.
- In a dry food processor with the "S" blade, grind the sweetener to a very fine powder. Add the shredded coconut, arrowroot, spices, and salt. Grind again until very fine. Open the lid, stir the bottom, and grind again about 1 minute, until the powder is uniformly fine.
- To the powder in the food processor, add the eggs, vanilla, and zest. Process well. VERY briefly, pulse in the almonds and frozen chocolate chips, so they'll stay chunky.
- Coat your fingers with arrowroot flour. Using a teaspoon and your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place them 1-inch apart on the baking sheet. It is best for the dough to cover the chocolate chips. If the chips peek out on the surface of the balls, they may melt onto the baking sheet. That's ok, but I try to keep the good stuff inside! If your hands get too mucky to work, just was them, coat again with arrowroot flour, and continue.
- Bake 18 - 22 minutes. They will not brown, so take care not to overtake. You can pick one up and turn it over to peek at the bottom. When it is golden they are done. Remove from the oven. While still warm, roll them in finely ground confectioner's sweetener. Enjoy!
Swerve Sweetener works very well for these cookies for 2 reasons. It has a slightly cooling taste, which is yummy with orange. Swerve is available in a confectioner's grind! Or you can easily grind the granulated Swerve into fine confectioner's sweetener using a blender, food processor, or hand-held grinder. Grind it really fine, and it is a spectacular coating. Just Like Sugar will grind pretty well, but doesn't grind as fine as Swerve. Both of these are healthy non-glycemic sweeteners.
Recipe posted with permission from the author
Recipe author: Jane Barthelemy
Originally posted on: janeshealthykitchen.com