Hello everybody! Christmas is only four days away, so that means it is time to bake Christmas cookies!

Or should I saw it is time to “unbake” Christmas cookies?

Raw Cookies and a glass of almond milk for Santa! Santa might be losing some of his belly this year...

Santa Clause will love these little gems, and so will all of your friends and family members! I am making a huge batch to give to close friends.

This picture is stolen from Katie...Sorry, Katie, but your picture is just too cute! Also, I ate all of my cookies before pictures were taken, and then I ran out of almonds to make more :(

Raw Gingerbread Men or Ginger Snaps

  • 5 dates
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 tsp ground or minced ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

Place all in a food processor or strong blender and blend until smooth. I usually don’t measure the ingredients and just taste test until I find the right flavor, so feel free to add more or less of what I stated above. Shape the dough into cookies or roll out on parchment paper and stamp gingerbread men out. I find that it is easier to work with the dough when it is chilled, so you may want to refrigerate the dough for ten minutes before shaping it. I also think it tastes better chilled, too :)

Remember Girl Scouts cookies? My favorite was the thin mint! Well, these taste just like raw thin mints!

Raw Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • 5 dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor or strong blender and process until smooth. I like the walnuts to stay a bit chunky, but this is up to you. SHape the dough into balls or cookies and enjoy!

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I don’t necessarily have a favorite, but I do like making sugar cookies to decorate. I love making cookies, just not eating them.

Also, did you set out cookies for Santa when you were a kid? We always did (do!). We make set out cookies, milk, and a note for Santa. Then we sprinkle oatmeal, sparkles, and carrots in the front yard for the reindeer.

Personal Note: I am going to spend Christmas with my grandparents in Arizona! I am leaving the 23rd and will be there for a week. Therefore, I might not be able to reply to my comments until I get back (I will be having too much fun to sit on a computer!). However, please comment away! I will get to them when I come back home. Also, I have posts set up throughout the week for you all to read! There will be a couple of recipes, and Christmas story (remixed).


 

17 Responses to Raw Christmas Cookies

  1. i love all these raw cookies! they are so much better than regular bakes ones!

  2. The raw gingerbread men cookies are too cute and I bet they’re yummy. Will have to give them a try. Happy Holidays!

  3. Kita says:

    Those crinkle cookies sound awesome! My favorite has got to be a classic chocolate chip. My dad has always made them at the holidays and I can’t imagine Christmas morning without them.

  4. Chocolate + mint = HEAVEN :)
    I’ll have to try those thin mint cookies!

  5. the raw gingerbread men are the cutest!!!! i should totally try some with my little gingerbread man cookie cutter!! <3

  6. Cherie says:

    I can’t wait to try to makie these!

    When I was a kid we always left cookies for Santa & my husband and I kept the tradition with our (5) children. We have a special Santa plate & cup….too cute! We haven’t done that in a few years because they are all older and I have to admit I do miss it. Another one of my family traditions is to always make Russian Tea Cookies….it’s just not Christmas without them!! I’m working on a sugar & wheat free version??

    I hope you and your grandparents have a very Merry Christmas Alex! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tes says:

    Wow I need to try these raw cookies. They sounds healthy and amazing. The gingerbread men are so adorable :)

  8. Cindy says:

    LOVE IT

    check out what I made last christmas.

    http://mariposagirl.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/holiday-light-tour-kinda/

    Katie’s are cuter
    Now I need to go make a batch, I’m pretty sure I have everything !

  9. paoang says:

    Ahhh, these are SO cute! They look delicious, too ;) The recipe sounds simple nough, and better yet, I’ve got all the ingredients! I just might be making these real soon ;D

    My fave Christmas cookies definitely have to be sugar cookies- LOVE! I also left Christmas cookies for Santa ALL THE TIME! It was so fun! And I too left oats and sparkles for the reindeer- I never met anyone else who did that!

    Have a great time at your grandparents’ !

    • I hope you make them!!! They are sooo easy and so good! I just made another batch of the raw mint chocolate crinkles, and I am giving them to some friends tonight ;)

      Who would be so inconsiderate and forget about the reindeer? They are the ones doing all the work!!! They need fuel, too! Santa has enough cookies (and fat on his belly)!!!

  10. All I have to say is well done. I love everything you make. I actually made raw Christmas cookies as well this year. I love making the rolled out cookies too, but don’t like making things I can’t eat… Maybe I’ll figure out a healthy sugarfree sugar cookie one day and using coconut butter icing. That would be awesome. :)

  11. Oh, I also want to make raw cookies this years! Your recipes came perfectly in time! Thank you for posting them, they’re great inspiration and look so, so good! :D

  12. I will take a batch of both raw cookies please ;) YUM YUM

    I love decorating cookies more than eating them sometimes, ok just during the holidays ;)

  13. Yum! The mint chocolate one’s look great (well they both do actually!), I must find some peppermint extract so I can make them. Hmm I don’t know what my favorite Christmas cookie is, too many to chose from. Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your family!

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