Sometimes I fear that I will run out of ideas when it comes to creating recipes. But so far, this fear has just been a lingering nuisance in the back of my mind, as new flavor ideas continuously pop into my head. Thankfully, my cooking creativity is constantly flowing – this is my artistic outlet.
Fun fact: I used to be really into art. In fact, I remember in grade school wanting to be an artist when I “grew up”. I would sketch in a notebook nearly every night before bed. Art classes were my absolute favorite (probably still would be if I were in school), not only because they were more social than other classes, but because I could truly sink into my own being and transform a blank canvas into whatever my heart desired.
I’ve taken art classes in painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. Something I find funny is that photography was by far my least favorite back then. However, these days my food is my art and half of the work I do consists of taking photographs – which I love. The only drawing and painting I do is with my 3 year old son 😉
But enough about my background and childhood dreams, these cookies are what you’re all here for! These Cranberry Pecan Cookies are delicate, crumbly morsels with a slight sweetness and just the right crunch. They are free of refined sugar, gluten and dairy.
Recipe makes 14 cookies.
*For a sweeter version, add another 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup.
I topped these cookies with Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting, which I highly recommend. This frosting is absolutely delicious and has a good list of ingredients: Organic Palm Shortening, Organic Powdered Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Tapioca, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract (for freshness), Monk Fruit Extract.
I'm Katie - wife to a loving husband & mother to two sweet boys. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a passion for all things health & fitness. I believe in nourishment for the body, mind & soul through eating real food, practicing proper fitness & living without restriction. Join me in creating healthy recipes and learning to live a balanced, fulfilling life!