Last night I had a small get together with a close group of girlfriends for a cookie swap… It was a fun festive evening with lots of girl talk, tea drinking and cookie eating!
Before the swap I made this salad – An arugula, quinoa, butternut squash, broccoli salad with tahini dressing (the Luna’s Living Kitchen recipe for dressing…mmmmm). Which was super filling and kept my inner cookie monster somewhat under control at the party…
I went a little overboard and made 4 different treats to share –
The first one – Organic White Chocolate Bark with cranberries and pistachios…
Butterscotchies – Traditionally made with a LOT of transfat, food coloring and horrible ingredients. I used organic peanut butter, organic brown rice cereal (instead of rice krises), organic brown rice syrup (instead of corn syrup), a combination of organic white and dark chocolate (instead of butterscotch chips) and a drop of butterscotch extract flavoring (Frontier brand) – Tasted just the same as the recipe I used to have growing up. AMAZING!
Pistachio Snow Balls and Apricot Squares (Thank you Amy Wall for posting the recipe on my Facebook Page) – These were both gluten free and refined sugar free! Oh yeah!
And then there were a slew of other desserts brought by my lovely girlfriends:
My best friend Nicole’s Chocolate Goji Sea Salt Drops won the prize for originality and taste!
The combination of flavors she put together was deadly. The smooth texture of the chocolate against the chewiness of the goji berries married with the crunch of the almonds and spike of sea salt is an EXPLOSION in your mouth.
Of course I immediately asked Nicole to share the recipe with all of you. I will definitely be making these many many holidays to come! It’s not too late to make them for this holiday season either – You can throw this cookie together in a matter of minutes and you only need 4 ingredients! Enjoy!
- 2 bags or 20 ounces of organic chocolate chips
- 4-6 ounces of goji berries
- 8 ounces of almonds chopped in half
- ¼ tsp sea salt + additional for sprinkling
- Fill a small pot with ¼ water and heat to simmer
- Place large bowl on top of pot (creating a double boiler)
- Fill bowl with chocolate chips and slowly melt
- Once all chocolate is melted, stir in sea salt, goji berries and almonds
- Use a 1 tablespoon sized ice cream scooper or spoon to drop mixture onto wax paper
- Top each drop with a small sprinkle of sea salt
- Refrigerate to allow chocolate drops to cool
How many cookies have you already eaten this Holiday Season?
What about me?….Well….let’s just say, I feel a juice fast coming on in the new year to reset 🙂