Tea Cookies

TEA COOKIES / PALEO, AIP, EGG FREE / nicolemcaruso.com

Most days at 3pm, you can bet I am putting on my Ella Fitzgerald playlist, starting the tea kettle, and unwrapping some sweet treat to enjoy. I have been avoiding eggs lately, as they have not been treating me so well, so I have been on the hunt for an egg-free paleo cookie recipe. I was browsing instagram, and came across a great recipe from Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness. I baked them, tweaked a few ingredients, and came up with these snappy, satisfying, high-protein tea cookies. They are SO good. Seriously I can't stop eating them, so I have to hide them from myself. 

TEA COOKIES 

1 CUP COCONUT FLOUR

1/2 CUP WARM MELTED COCONUT OIL 

2 TBSP LAKANTO MONK FRUIT SWEETENER + A BIT MORE FOR DUSTING AFTER (COCONUT SUGAR IS JUST FINE TOO)

1 TBSP BULLETPROOF BRAIN OCTANE OIL (OPTIONAL)

2 SCOOPS BULLETPROOF COLLAGELATIN (A MIX OF COLLAGEN AND GELATIN FROM GRASS-FED COWS)

1/4 TSP BULLETPROOF VANILLAMAX OR 1/2 TBSP VANILLA EXTRACT

1/8 TSP BAKING SODA

1/4 TSP HIMALAYAN SEA SALT

1 TSP CINNAMON

TEA COOKIES / PALEO, AIP, EGG FREE / nicolemcaruso.com
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 320 DEGREES F. LAY OUT PARCHMENT PAPER OVER A COOKIE SHEET. 

  2. COMBINE ALL DRY INGREDIENTS AND WHISK UNTIL COMBINED. CREATE A WELL IN THE MIDDLE. 

  3. USING A FORK TO STIR, ADD THE WARM COCONUT OIL AND OTHER WET INGREDIENTS UNTIL A THICK PASTE FORMS. 

  4. USING 2 SIMILAR SIZE SPOONS, FILL ONE SPOON WITH THE COOKIE DOUGH AND USE THE OTHER SPOON TO RELEASE ONTO THE COOKIE SHEET. 

  5. ONCE THE ENTIRE BATCH IS ON THE COOKIE SHEET, PRESS THE COOKIES DOWN WITH YOUR PALMS OR THREE FINGERS UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT 1/4 INCH THICK. 

  6. SPRINKLE THE COOKIES WITH A BIT OF LEKANTO MONK FRUIT SWEETENER, OR COCONUT SUGAR WILL DO, AND BAKE THEM FOR 8 MINUTES. THESE COOKIES BURN EASILY, SO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BAKE THEM TOO LONG. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR OVEN, START WITH 5 MINUTES, AND GO FROM THERE. THEY TASTE HORRIBLE BURNT (BEEN THERE). 

  7. REMOVE THEM FROM THE OVEN AND LET THEM COOL FOR AT LEAST 1-2 HOURS BEFORE EATING. THEY ARE VERY DELICATE AND CRISPY, SO THEY NEED TO COOL THROUGH SO THEY DON'T FALL APART. 

Pair these cookies with just about any warm beverage and they melt in your mouth. They are great for taking on the go, because they are not only filling, but have the perfect combination of healthy fat, easily digestible carbs, and grass-fed protein. Now I just have to find a way to not eat one every time I walk past the plate. 

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.