Warning! It is hard not to eat the whole batch of these! The good news is they are delicious, and it is a small batch.
These cookies are an absolutely delicious shortbread cookie treat recipe with the chewy tart bite of cherries!
They are delicate little bites with simple, whole food ingredients that come together in ten minutes.
The recipe makes a small batch of eleven cookies. Just short of a dozen. I have made the recipe several times to perfect it, and eleven is the perfect number.
I have this Moon Cake Mold Press that I used to imprint the tops of the cookies with a rose, but it isn’t necessary to make these cookies. I use it to make gluten free mooncakes during the Autumn Moon Celebration and have had great success with it for cookies. It just makes them fancier, and I am a gadget junkie.
The benefits touted in regards to cherries are they are anti-inflammatory, enhance sleep, help with post-workout soreness, reduce stroke risk and more. See this article on cherries if you want to learn more. I love all these benefits, but I especially love the taste of them, and all the benefits are a bonus!
Honey has trace minerals in it and is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. My father was a beekeeper, and I used to help him in the bee hives when I was a child. Honey is truly miraculous. It is still a form of sugar to our bodies, but a little goes a long way! To make sure I know I am getting a high quality, pure honey, I buy it from a local beekeeper or farm market where a beekeeper is selling their honey. Local food co-ops are another great place to find a reputable honey source.
This cookie recipe only has seven ingredients, and each one adds flavor.
Sour Cherry and Honey Tea Cookies
Preheat your oven to 325º degrees F.
1 1/4 Cups Superfine Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Sour (Tart) Dried Cherries (I used an organic cherry with no added ingredients, just cherries)
2 Tablespoons of Local Honey
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 Teaspoon of Himalayan Pink or Sea Salt
Directions: Place all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated and holding together with the cherries in small bits, but not completely pureed into the dough. You should still see bits of nice sized, but not whole, cherries.
Scoop the dough with a tablespoon cookie scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing the cookies two inches apart. Press the cookie with a round of the moon cake press or use fork tines to flatten the cookie to an inch thickness.
Bake in the preheated oven for just 9 minutes until the cookies are starting to brown on the edges. Cool completely.