No. 1 : Quick Recipe

What to Leave for SANTA? Christmas Spice Cookies!

  • 4 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • ¼ Tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 TB Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp EACH Cardamom, Cloves
  • 1 Tsp EACH Allspice, Ginger
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup *Date Puree
  • 1 Cup Raw Fine Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, separated
  • ½ Cup Finely Ground Toasted Nuts 2 TB Raw Coarse Sugar for topping

Step One

Preheat an oven to 350° F. Whisk the flour, salt and spices together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and light-colored. Beat in the prune puree and the egg yolks.

Step Two

Gradually mix in the flour mixture and nuts to form thick, stiff dough.

Step Three

Roll the dough into (1”) small balls. Place on parchment lined baking pans and flatten them by pressing with a fork on the top of each cookie. Brush the tops lightly with egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Step Four

Bake the cookies 9 to 11 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

*Date Puree is an easy to make substitute for sugar and butter -its full of fiber and sweetness. Use date puree for up to half of the sugar/fat in your favorite baked goods.


  • About 8 ounces PITTED Medjool Dates (this is my favorite variety, plump and sweet – easy to find)
  • 3 TB Hot Tap Water

Combine the dates and water in the bowl of a food processor. Process until complete pureed. Store for up to 1 week in the fridge or a couple of months in the freezer.

No. 3 : Clever Idea

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is an easy way to ramp up the flavor AND the nutrition in your cookies and baked goods. If you’ve ever tried to substitute whole wheat flour 1 for 1 in a recipe, you’ve discovered that whole wheat flour is much denser than all-purpose flour. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is ground so finely that it can be used in almost any recipe for a light result with more fiber from the whole wheat!

No. 4 : Cheers!

Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny Port
About $17.00

You’ll taste the flavors of Apples, Pears and Tropical fruit- which all sing with the herbaceous flavor of the basil and parsley in these creamy light soufflés. You may not be familiar with Verdejo – a Spanish grape, but once you taste it I think you’ll be placing it on your shopping list more often. Crisp and clean tasting, its a super match with salads and veggie dishes.

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