Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies (Allergen Friendly)

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle. Made in partnership with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are magic! They almost taste like a nut-free macaron and they have an amazing strawberry flavor that is complimented so well with the chocolate ganache. They are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day too–the perfect sweet treat to share on this love-filled holiday. These sandwich cookies are made even sweeter though because they are free of the top 14 most common allergens, including nuts and dairy! That means these little cookies are also school safe–making them the perfect treat to pack away for your kids to share with friends! Or really, just a treat for yourself. You deserve it!

So let’s unpack what’s going on with these cookies: There are two strawberry cookies sandwiched with dairy-free chocolate ganache and a hidden center of strawberry jam that balances the whole thing out.

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There are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, but there isn’t anything hard to do! We use an electric mixer to make the cookie batter, but this doesn’t take much time. You can use either coconut oil or butter, and we enjoyed both versions equally. You’ll want the coconut oil to be solid at room temperature, and the same with the butter. It only takes a few minutes for the batter to come together, but once it does you’ll need to let it rest for about 10 minutes while the coconut flour hydrates, until it is no longer sticky.

Once it has rested all you need to do to form the cookies is scoop out a tablespoon sized amount of dough, roll it into a ball and pat it out to a 2″ circle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. We tried a couple of different methods of making the circle completely round but found that patting it out was the easiest. The cookies won’t spread, so don’t worry about spacing them out very far apart and they should all fit on one standard size sheet pan.

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How do you make chocolate ganache

While the cookies are baking you can make the ganache. Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and our favorite dairy-feee chocolate Enjoy Life mini chips which melt really easily and create a decadent ganache.

Once the cookies are cooled you’ll pipe a small circle of ganache on half of them, with a little hole left in the center for the strawberry jam to go in. We used piping bags for this, but you can just as easily use a plastic bag with a small hole cut out of one of the corners, or even just place a tablespoons sized amount of ganache in the middle will work.

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We wanted to make these Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies free of almost of the allergens out there so that they were able to be an inclusive Valentine treat for everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. This is especially relevant for school as there can be a lot of restrictions on what can be brought in. And this is why we love the chocolate from Enjoy Life! Enjoy Life baking chocolates are certified gluten-free, free-from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, certified kosher, AND certified vegan and paleo-friendly, which makes them so inclusive for many different types of dietary restrictions. 

This month they’ve also launched the NEW Valentine’s Day Chocolate Minis! They would be a great option to bring into school and are the perfect size to share. They come in Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, Ricemilk Crunch (our favorite), and a variety pack. You can buy them right online here! We’ve been lucky enough to have been snacking on them this week, and they’re delicious! And as you can see below, they are also kid approved!

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:12 Inactive Time 01:10 Total Time 1:57 Yields 10 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

For Strawberry Cookies

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

To assemble: 

  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam (store-bought or you can make your own here)

Directions

For cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil (or softened butter) and maple syrup until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add vanilla, almond extract (if using) and salt and mix until combined, 30 seconds.
  4. Add in coconut flour, tapioca flour, and strawberry powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes until the dough has stiffened up slightly (see note).
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your fingers to form a 2" circle.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For ganache:

  1. Place Enjoy Life Mini Chips in a small heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed (see note). Let it cool at room temperature until it has thickened up and no longer hot, about 20 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the chocolate ganache in either a piping bag or in a plastic storage bag with a hole cut out of the corner of it for piping.
  2. Place half of the cookies with the bottom side up (the tan side). Pipe a circle of ganache on half of the cookies, living a space in the middle. Place a teaspoon strawberry jam in the middle. Place another cookie on top and gently press together.
  3. Best served the day they are made. Store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own strawberry powder simply crush freeze-dried strawberries until they are a powder. We found this easiest to crush the strawberries in a big with a rolling pin. It’s ok if the strawberries are not a super fine powder.
  2. The almond extract enhances the strawberry flavor of this cookie. To make this nut-free omit the almond extract, as it is not essential.
  3. We like to weigh our coconut flour as a measurement that is over or under can make a big difference since coconut flour is so absorbent. So if you have a digital scale at home, use it here!
  4. The cookie batter will seem like thick frosting at first, as the coconut flour needs time to thicken up.
  5. If you'd like to make your own jam, check out this post.
  6. If the ganache isn't coming together it's because the coconut milk hasn't been heated up enough. You can gently heat the whole mixture until the chocolate is melted enough, either over a double boiler or gently in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold for piping you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  8. If the cookies are kept longer than a day they will soften up. They're still delicious, just a slightly different texture than when they are freshly made.
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Cookie Truffles

These  Cookie Truffles are the CUTEST gluten-free treat that you can make for any occasion. They’re made using a handful of ingredients, including our favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie, are no bake and are so easy they’d be a great activity to do with the kids! Perfect to serve up for any fun event! Think Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or just for a sweet treat! Made in partnership with my friends at Simple Mills!

Gluten Free Cookie Truffles

Cookie Truffles

How cute are these gluten-free Cookie Truffles? They are a super easy treat to put together and they are SO DELICIOUS! I was inspired to make these based off of those Oreo truffles that you see all over the internet. I won’t lie, that version is good, but the ingredients in them are no longer a part of my diet so I knew when planning for halloween recipes that it was time to re-create it!

The truffles couldn’t be easier to make! They use minimal ingredients with super simple directions and could definitely be a fun family activity to get in to the halloween spirit. We decorated our truffles as mummies, which include a white chocolate coating, but we’re also including substitutes to make dairy free versions using dairy free dark chocolate and dairy free cream cheese. We tested both versions and both were equally delicious.

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A few notes and tips on making Cookie Truffles:

  1. To crush the cookies you can either do so in a food processor, or you can place the cookies in a zip tight bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. We did it both ways and the outcome of the cookies were the same either way! Because it involved washing less dishes we preferred doing it by hand with a bag and rolling pin.
  2. Make sure to cool the cookie truffles before coating with the chocolate! This helps the truffle hold its shape, and it helps the chocolate set quicker. If you are making the mummy version, make sure to also cool the white chocolate coated truffles before piping or drizzling on the stripes.
  3. When decorating the mummies with the stripes, move quickly to place on the chocolate chips “eyes” because the white chocolate can set quickly.
  4. Choose a high quality white chocolate! We found a few versions that had only about 6 ingredients! If doing a dairy free dark chocolate truffle make sure to check that the chocolate you buy is dairy free.

white chocolate dipped cookie truffles

The most important element to this recipe is the cookie! I came across Simple Mills products a few months ago and was instantly in love. The crackers were the first product I tried and I loved how much they reminded me of my beloved childhood saltine. Now, they’re a staple in my house and have since tried many more of the products. So when I was looking for the best cookie to make these truffles I knew Simple Mills would be it! I find them in many grocery stores, on Thrive Market, and on Amazon here! When we tested these cookie truffles, we were blown away by these crunchy cookies and knew they were the answer for our convenient no-bake treat!

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Gluten Free Cookie Truffles

Cookie Truffles

Prep Time 00:40 Inactive Time 00:40 Total Time 0:40 Yields 28

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (see note for dairy free)
  • ¼ cup organic powdered sugar or 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 boxes (11 ounces total) Simple Mills Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces good-quality white chocolate or dark chocolate
  • Chocolate chips, to garnish
  • Other garnish ideas: Crushed Candy Canes, Sprinkles, etc.

Directions

  1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Crush chocolate cookies either with a food processor, or by hand in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, until finely ground.
  3. Add ground cookies and vanilla extract to cream cheese mixture until fully combined.
  4. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls, roughly about 28 and place on a small baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Place in refrigerator to firm up, at least 20 minutes, or 1 hour.
  6. Melt white chocolate, using preferred method (see note), and let cool slightly before moving on to next step, about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Using a fork dip each truffle in melted white chocolate until fully coated and excess chocolate has dripped back into the bowl. Place truffle back on the baking sheet and continue until all are coated.
  8. Return to the refrigerator to cool white chocolate coating, at least 10-15 minutes.
  9. Once cooled finish decorating. Either place white chocolate in a piping bag with a small opening and drizzle over one truffle at a time (this method makes for less waste of white chocolate), or using a spoon drizzle the white chocolate over the truffle to make a mummy design. Immediately place two mini chocolate chips on truffles to make mummy eyes before drizzled white chocolate has cooled. Continue with this pattern until all truffles are decorated. (see note)
  10. Store in refrigerator for 3-5 days until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. Want to make this dairy free? Substitute regular cream cheese for your favorite dairy free version (We love the almond milk kind). And substitute the white chocolate for your favorite dairy free chocolate to turn these in to chocolate covered truffles. Simply dip the dairy free truffles in melted dairy free chocolate and garnish with sprinkles or leave as is.
  2. We prefer to melt white chocolate slowly in the stove top, using a double boiler. This just means a bowl is placed over a barely simmering pot of water. But if you prefer, you can melt in the microwave slowly in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  3. Take care to decorate one (or up to three) mummy truffles at a time with drizzle, and then place on chocolate chips. The white chocolate drizzle will firm up pretty quickly on the cooled truffle so you'll want to adhere the eyes before this happens.
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Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons [VIDEO]

These Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons are the perfectly sweetened holiday cookie! They are so delicious, while also being gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroon

Passover is one week away. Coconut macaroons are a Passover staple, but for those of you who don’t celebrate; they are probably one of my favorite light cookies anytime of the year. Sweet, light, coconut-y, and of course for me, a touch of mini chocolate chips and dipped in chocolate. Perfect. And did I mention they are super easy to make?

Passover is a time where we get together with family, have our traditional Jewish eats (Swedish meatballs, brisket, rolled cabbage, etc.), and reflect. On Passover you eat only unleavened bread and flourless desserts. Perfect for a grain-free/gluten-free house! Minus the matzo… I make a mean Matzo Lasagna!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

I love Passover because like some of other holiday’s throughout the year, my nanny (grandma) comes in from Florida. Her famous recipes are the ones that line the table year after year. I have learned so much from her as a person, and as a chef! This week you’ll find a recreation of Nanny’s Swedish Meatballs that taste just like her traditional dish; one that is so special to me. This year Passover falls smack in the beginning of the week; sadly, heading back to New York isn’t an option, but I’ll go the weekend after to enjoy the time with my family!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons 

Sweetened just right! I’ll take another batch…

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Yields 12

Ingredients

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash fine sea salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Dipping: 1/3 cup melted chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a large bowl whisk together egg whites with honey.
  • Once fluffy, add in coconut, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well to combine.
  • Add in chocolate chips.
  • Line baking sheet with baking liner or parchment paper.
  • Roll into balls (I pinch mine at the top, but you don't have to).
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden brown at the top.
  • Let cool and drizzle with chocolate.
  • Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • Servings: 12
  • Amount Per Serving: 1 (without chocolate dipping)
  • Calories: 139
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Protein: 2g
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