- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ c arrowroot powder
- ⅛ c cocoa powder
- ¼ c grapeseed oil
- ⅓ c agave nectar
- ⅔ tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix almond flour, salt, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and cocoa powder. In a small bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. With a teaspoon, scoop the dough one teaspoon at a time onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least two inches between each cookie. The dough will spread.
3. Bake for 8 -10 minutes, until the tops of the cookies look dry and the color darkens. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow the cookies cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes while you make the frosting.
CHERRY WALNUT BITTERS FROSTING
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tsp Cherry Walnut Bitters
- 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar
- small pinch of salt
1. Beat together cream cheese and butter on medium speed until mixture is fluffy, about one minute. Scrape down bowl with a spatula. Add Cherry Walnut Bitters and salt; mix on low for another minute.
2. With the mixer on low, slowly add 1 cup confectioners' sugar; beat for 20 seconds. Scrape down bowl. If consistency is too soft to hold its shape, add additional confectioners' sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
*Cherry Walnut Bitters frosting can be kept refrigerated, in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed on the surface, for several days.
*Makes about a dozen small, sandwich cookies.
Many classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and the Champagne Cocktail call for a bitters-soaked sugar cube. So, it comes as no surprise that sugary, baked confections get a nice flavor boost from bitters as well. We've substituted our Cherry Walnut Bitters for vanilla and almond extracts in many recipes, adding an unexpected new flavor to many baked goods.
This particular recipe is made with gluten free, chewy chocolate cookies. We find ourselves more frequently cooking for friends with food allergies, but we also find that the savory taste and chewiness of this gluten free cookie provides the perfect base for the super-rich cream cheese-based frosting.