Category Archives: Sweets

Roasted Cherry Almond Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt

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One of the things I love about the food blogging business, is getting surprises in the mail. They usually involve…well, food. And that always makes me happy. So when a company I’ve been working for sent me a beautiful box of deep red cherries, just because…I swooned a bit. I will come clean and tell you that those beauties never made it into this recipe. They pretty much made their way directly into our bellies…straight up…no fancy stuff.

So, I headed to the grocery store and bought more of their yummy cherries just for this frozen yogurt I’ve been dreaming of lately. The marriage of cherry and almond has always appealed to me. Remember these Fresh Cherry and Almond Paste Scones or this Cherry Almond Soda Bread? I almost forgot about these Cherry Almond Cinnamon Rolls!

Roasting cherries brings out their sweetness and really deepens their flavor. I love it in this recipe. And, if you’re a fan of almond cookies like I am (I’ll share my cookie recipe soon!), you will love the bits of nutty cookie dough in this yogurt.

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Roasted Cherry Almond Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt

1/2 cup almond meal/flour
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted and quartered
32 – 35 ounce container plain Greek yogurt, size depends on the brand you use
1/4 cup honey (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the almond meal, honey, vanilla and almond extracts and the salt. Use a rubber spatula to get the ingredients to come together. Once you have a ball of dough, dump it onto a sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Use the paper to help form the ball into a log about 8 inches long. Wrap the log up, twisting the ends of the paper and place in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the frozen yogurt.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the quartered cherries on the sheet and roast them in the oven for 15 minutes. Give them a stir, then roast for another 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven and leave the sheet out on the counter to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Place in your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions. Process until thick, creamy and frozen.

Remove the almond cookie dough from the freezer and cut into bite sized bits. Carefully blend the cookie bits and the roasted cherries into the frozen yogurt. Don’t over blend, or the cookie bits will fall apart and the cherries will turn the yogurt a darker color.

My favorite way to eat this is right away! The texture is like a creamy soft-serve yogurt. You can freeze any leftovers for later in a sealed container. Just remove from the freezer for at least 20 minutes before serving to soften up.

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Sesame Tahini Cookies

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There’s a part of every day where I need stop everything and take a breath or two. It’s usually in the late afternoon when I crave a cup of coffee or tea and just a little something. These cookies are one of my most favorite. I’m all for ooey-gooey cookies with chocolate and cream fillings, but the simplest cookies make me the happiest. Nothing complicated. Just a little button of crunch with a nuttiness from the sesame and tahini.

I’ve actually been making these cookies for years with all butter…and they are delicious. But, in trying to reduce the amount of saturated fat in my diet, I wanted to try substituting tahini for the butter. In comparing a tablespoon of butter to the same amount of tahini, butter has about twelve grams of fat, seven of them are saturated. Tahini has eight grams of fat and just one gram saturated. I’ve made several batches with different combinations of butter and tahini, but I have to say, omitting the butter completely and using all tahini is wonderful! You get a denser cookie that is so satisfying.

So, if it’s about three o’clock and you need to find me, I’ll be sitting in my favorite chair on the deck with a cup of coffee and one or two of these nuggets of happiness.

Sesame Tahini Cookies

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup tahini
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sesame seeds

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Prepared baking sheets by lining with parchment.

In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream the tahini and sugar in a large bowl for a minute or two. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until fluffy.

Add the flour mixture in three parts, mixing on low just until combined with each addition.

Scoop the dough using a one tablespoon cookie scoop and drop the ball of dough into your hand. Roll the dough into a bowl of sesame seeds then place on a baking sheet, spacing the cookies about two inches apart.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cookie just becomes a bit golden. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on a rack.

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Another favorite that goes perfectly with a cup of coffee, Sesame Almond Biscotti Thins

Sesame Almond Biscotti Thins from Taste Love and Nourish