Grain-Free Sandwich Cookies With Pumpkin Butter

Grain-free sandwich cookies with pumpkin butter
Grain-free sandwich cookies with pumpkin butter

I have been on a kick, going back to old Foraged Dish recipes and taking new photos. It is insanely satisfying to compare the old ones to the new. Progress is difficult to measure day-by-day, but all of those days add up! I’m sure, in three years, I’ll look back at my photos from 2018 and roll my eyes. C'est la vie.

These sandwich cookies were one of my recent victims, and since it is the season for baking and pumpkin, I thought it would be a good opportunity to update the whole post. That means a few updates to the recipe, too:

  • Simplified. (Can I get a hoorah?) The original asked for both almond flour and coconut flour, but since 2015 I’ve discovered a much simpler grain-free shortbread cookie using just almond flour. I quite like the texture of the cookies, too! They are a bit chewy, stay together well, and have great almond and honey flavor.

  • Drizzled with chocolate. How can you make a boring cookie look a little fancier? Maybe you’re thinking frosting, which is true, but since this cookie is a sandwich I wanted the filling to shine. I drizzled each cookie with chocolate, which was just the right touch!

  • Doubled it. More is better right? In this case, there’s no doubt: the original recipe made about 6 sandwich cookies… what was 2015-me thinking?!?! A dozen is much more reasonable (but you still may want to double that if you’re cooking for a crowd).

Once baked, these cookies are stuffed with pumpkin butter, so the end result tastes a bit like pumpkin pie. Perfect match with a cappuccino! But I also experimented with filling the cookies with salted caramel. Oh. My. Goodness. Now that’s a treat! A bit like an alfajore, if you are familiar. I am definitely going to need to make an alfajore recipe now (Foraged Dish style, of course!).

Grain-free sandwich cookies with pumpkin butter
Grain-free sandwich cookies with pumpkin butter

Grain-Free Sandwich Cookies with Pumpkin Butter

Published October 26, 2015 by
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Yield: 12-24, depending on size   |    Active Time: 60 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin butter
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate

  • Directions:

    1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk until incorporated. Add the melted butter or coconut oil, honey, and vanilla, and stir until a dough forms. Shape dough into a disc (about 1 inch thick), wrap in plastic wrap, and place in fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to chill.
    2. Preheat oven to 325°F. After dough has chilled, remove from fridge. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your baking pan.
    3. On a separate piece of parchment, use a rolling pin to roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut circles out of dough and place on baking sheet, with at least 1/2 inch between each cookie. Bake for 9 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool.
    4. Once cookies are fully cooled, spread pumpkin butter on one cookie, and then use another to create a sandwich. Set aside, and then continue until all of the cookies are sandwiched.
    5. Heat the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-second intervals (string between each!) until chocolate is glossy and smooth. You can also do this in a double boiler (stir frequently). Drizzle melted chocolate over sandwich cookies. Allow chocolate to set before serving cookies.
    6. Tip: You can use any sort of jam to fill these cookies! I also made a few with salted caramel sauce and they were SO. GOOD.

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    Baked Oatmeal Apples

    Baked Oatmeal Apples
    Baked Oatmeal Apples

    Breakfast already ready when you wake up. Seems like a dream, doesn’t it? But lately my approach to breakfast has been exactly that, batch making breakfast one or two times a week (things like casseroles, baked oatmeal, and frittatas) so that when I wake up there is one less thing to do as part of my routine. I usually do this on weekends, when there’s no rush to get out of the house.

    Mornings are the best. (Who’s with me?) They are the best for a pretty specific reason (IMO), and that’s the peace and quiet they bring (morning lovers will understand).

    That peace and quiet is largely possible due to routine for me. And it’s really hard to change something about your morning routine. I’ve tried adding in meditation (lasted about 14 days), journalling, and stretching, but none of them stick. What I usually find that adding more in just brings unnecessary stress during those early hours. When it comes to mornings, I’m all for simplifying.

    Baked Oatmeal Apples
    Baked Oatmeal Apples

    Batch making breakfast fits perfectly into that scheme: as soon as I’m done making my morning coffee, I’m serving myself breakfast. No decisions necessary. No thinking. Just something absolutely delicious to eat. And in this specific case… something perfectly fall, too! Cozy apples filled to the brim with baked oatmeal and warm spices, like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.

    If you like cinnamon apples, or apple pie, but maybe don’t want quite that much sugar for breakfast, you’re going to love these apples. They’re not as a sweet as the “inside out apple crisp apple” recipes you may have tried, truly more like baked oatmeal stuffed inside of an apple, with the natural fruit juices leading the way in flavor.

    That said…. with a little whipped cream they could make a cozy dessert later in the day.

    My favorite types of apples are the crisp and juicy ones, and those are also the ones that work best in this recipe. Think Honey Crisp, Jonagold, or Granny Smith (that last one will be a big more tart, for those of you that love tart flavors). I used some Gala here.

    Baked Oatmeal Apples
    Baked Oatmeal Apples

    Baked Oatmeal Apples

    Published October 25, 2018 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 60 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 6 crisp apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • To serve: plain or vanilla yogurt

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. Using a paring knife, cut the tops off the apples and save for step 5. Using a spoon with sharper edges, such as a melon baller, scoop out the apple core and some of the flesh. Be sure the leave at least a 1/4-inch thick outer wall of apple all the way around. Reserve the flesh you’ve removed from the apples, discard of the seeds and pith.
    3. Chop up the reserved apple flesh and place in a medium mixing bowl, along with the melted butter, maple syrup, milk, yogurt, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl: rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, salt, and chopped pecans. Stir until full combined.
    5. Arrange apples in a baking dish and scoop oat mixture into the cavity of each apple. Place the apple tops back on, and place baking dish on center wrack in oven. Bake 35-45 minutes, until apples are baked though.
    6. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve on plates with yogurt (for breakfast) or whipped cream (for dessert).

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    Raspberry Pistachio Fool (Sweetened with honey!)

    Raspberry Fool
    Raspberry Fool

    A simple dessert such as this one hardly needs a full blog post to go with it — soft folds of whipped cream, fresh raspberries accentuated with just a touch of honey and lemon, bits of slightly salty pistachio. That ingredients list alone will do. 🤤

    A “fool” is a British dessert where puréed fruit is layered with custard or whipped cream. This version used whipped cream, which is lighter and pairs well with fresh raspberry, which are sweet and delicate at their peak.

    The raspberry bush I planted last year is producing it’s first round of berries right now (a miracle really, because the backyard is basically a jungle of weeds). There are only a few berries and they’re not quite ripe yet, so I used store bought for this recipe. In a pinch, frozen berries would work — just thaw the berries before macerating.

    And — I’m all for dessert-for-breakfast, so if you're looking for something you could eat in the morning, you could swamp the whipped cream in this recipe for your favorite Greek yogurt and make a parfait.

    Pistachios add a nice crunch to this fool, which is otherwise all fluff and fruit. You could really use any type of nut, but I like the flavor of pistachio with raspberry and whipped cream, and also love the way the color pops!

    And now, onwards, because there’s really nothing better than tasting this one for yourself. 

    Raspberry Fool
    Raspberry Fool

    Raspberry Pistachio Fool (Sweetened with honey!)

    Published July 3, 2018 by
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    Serves: 3   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios

  • Directions:

    1. In a small bowl, combine 8 ounces of raspberries with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon honey. Set remaining raspberries aside. Using a fork, mash the 8 ounces of raspberries with the lemon and honey. The mixture should resemble a jam or compote. Set aside.
    2. In a second mixing bowl, whip cream to soft peaks using an electric mixer. Add in vanilla and 1-2 teaspoons of honey, depending on your tastes, and continue to whip cream for another minute to incorporate.
    3. In three serving glasses or bowls make alternating layers of whipped cream and the raspberry mixture. Place reserved fresh raspberries on top, and sprinkle with crusted pistachios. Serve immediately.

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