Foodie Friday: 12 Cookie Challenge!

Here's what's going on in my kitchen; I have been having a slight aversion to cooking.  I think it's because I had to leave the dream kitchen in my friend Shannon's house and return to my tuna can sized one.  I would like to have a stove that I didn't have to monitor the temperature in all the time, and a prep area bigger than my cutting board.  But alas, I will have to make do.  So to get me out of my slump, I decided to challenge myself to a baking extravaganza; 12 cookie recipes by Dec 20th!  It is going to be tough, but I think I can pull it off.  I have been polling my friends, coworkers and facebook followers to find out what their favorite holiday cookies are, paleo or not.  I am then going to attempt to make a paleo version in the next  3 weeks.  I wish it was as easy as substituting almond flour for white flour, honey for sugar, etc., but baking is a science, and changing any ingredients, changes the recipe completely.  So I will have to come up with creative ways to mimic the taste and texture of the standard holiday cookie to fit into my paleo parameters.  I have purchased a few new ingredients as well, hoping they will help with said mimicry, palm shortening and coconut palm sugar.  I also made "powdered sugar" out of the coconut palm sugar for a flourless cookie I am going to try.
Here's my challenge list;

  1. Sugar Cookie Cut-outs - my grandmothers recipe calls for sour cream, we'll see about that!
  2. Magic Bars - Graham cracker crust here I come!
  3. Wedding Cookies - my powdered palm sugar will come in handy here.
  4. Snickerdoodle - favorite childhood cookie.
  5. Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookie - part meringue, part chewy goodness.
  6. Cranberry Crumble Bars -  I haven't quite worked this one out yet.
  7. Pumpkin Spice Macaroons - adding the vegetable of the season seemed appropriate.
  8. Meringue Cookies - my mother in laws recipe from Ian's childhood in Saudi Arabia.
  9. Thumbprints - my grandmothers recipe!
  10. Rum Raisin Spice - who doesn't like a little alcohol this time of year?
  11. Chocolate Cherry Bars - another of Ian's favorite child hood recipes.
  12. Peanut Butter Blossoms - my favorite cookie of all time, peanut butter cookie and a Hershey kiss!
This is a pretty intimidating list if you ask me. I will be updating my daily progress and posting the recipes as they work themselves out.  Happy Holidays!

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