Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Cowboy cookies minus grains and sugar! Are cookies good for you? With almonds, pecans, coconut, dates, dark chocolate, flax and sesame seeds, I reckon so!
I was born and raised in the Land of Ten Thousand (actually more like 100,000) Lakes. Minnesota! While getting my undergraduate degree in Art History at the U of M, I lived in an apartment in Dinkytown. At least once a week, I'd go into a tiny cafe in Dinkytown and get a giant cowboy cookie.
Cowboy cookies are loaded with everything but the kitchen sink. They are so full of ingredients that you can substitute them for a meal. In fact, I ate a cowboy cookie for lunch on many occasions.
The cookies at the Dinkytown cafe had M&Ms, chocolate chips, raisins, peanuts, oats, coconut and probably a bunch of other things I can't remember.
What I do remember is how great those cowboy cookies were. Like it was yesterday! While I was baking up a batch of my LFG chocolate chip cookies, I decided to try and duplicate the cowboy cookies I fell in love with and ate on the run so many times during my college days.
A lot of those ingredients like the M&Ms, raisins, oats and peanuts are no good if you're on the Plant Paradox Plan. But there's a new sheriff in town, and I'm making cowboy cookies compliant with ingredients on Dr. Gundry's YES list.
Now, some of these ingredients may be hard to find at your neighborhood grocer. That's why I'm including a link to join Thrive Market. They have all the compliant flours and sweeteners and will ship to your door. You can join now and get 25% off your first order with this link.
Giddyup! Let's lasso the recipe (sound of a wad of chew hitting a spittoon).
LFG Cowboy Cookies
1/2 C (1 stick) French Butter
1 T Nutiva Superfood Shortening
1 T Barney Bare Almond Butter
1/4 C Swerve Granules**
1/4 C Firmly Packed Brown Swerve**
1 T Raw Local Honey
1 t Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Large Pastured Egg
1/2 C Sorghum Flour
1/2 C LFG Flour Blend*
1 t Baking Soda
3/4 t Xanthan Gum
1/4 t Iodized Salt
1 T Califia Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 C 72% Organic Cacao Chocolate Chunks
2 T Coconut Chips
2 T Coconut Flakes
2 T Chopped Pecans
2 T Raw Slivered Almonds
2 T Chopped Dates
2 T Flax Seeds
2 T Black Sesame Seeds
* 2:1:1 cassava, coconut and almond flours
** Please be careful when working with zero sugars as they are toxic for pets.
Step 1: Cream the Fats and Sweeteners
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a deep bowl, whip softened butter, shortening, almond butter, both Swerves and honey together with a hand mixer until very fluffy and creamy.
Step 2: Add Egg and Vanilla
Add vanilla and egg. Whip again until very creamy.
Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients
Add the dry ingredients and whip together until you have a good cookie dough. Whip in the almond milk at the end. I live at high altitude so you may need to adjust the flour or almond milk ratios slightly to get the right cookie dough consistency.
Step 4: Fold in All the Goodies
Finally, fold in the chocolate chips, coconut flakes and chips, pecans, almonds, dates and seeds with a rubber spatula.
Step 5: Form Cookies and Bake
Make cookie dough balls and press them with your fingertips onto a cookie sheet that's lined with parchment. Press them into the exact cookie shape and thickness you like, because they will not melt when baked. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes about two dozen small cookies and one dozen bigass cowboy cookies.
Serve with your favorite compliant milk.
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