In the most recent issue of Delicious Living, Elana Amsterdam from Elanaspantry.com shares some healthy holiday dessert recipes. Above is a batch of the cinnamon-walnut cookies I made this afternoon. In place of cinnamon I used pumpkin pie spice to keep it festive for Thanksgiving. The recipe is super simple and easy to make. I loved how they turned out. They are firm on the outside but once you bite in they are soft and chewy.
1 cup walnuts
5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place walnuts and dates in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Pulse in oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Continue to pulse until mixture begins to form a ball.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough, 1 tablespoon at a time, onto prepared baking sheet, forming into balls with your hands; flatten slightly. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until firm. Cool on baking sheet.