Raw almond linzer cookies with cherry filling

Raw almond linzer cookies with cherry filling

Chances are, tomorrow will be like any other Friday. I’ll wake up three hours before Thom and go to the gym on my own, despite the fact that we’ve made plans to go together. Unlike him, I’m one of those early bird gym rats who prefers to squeeze in my workout before the meatheads arrive because – I don’t know about the meatheads at your gym – but at my gym they refuse to let people work in with them. Which means my hour long workout turns into two and I start getting irritated and hangry and basically shit hits the fan and my morning is ruined.

I’ll probably come back from the gym just as Thom’s getting ready to leave and, instead of getting in the shower, I’ll bake cookies. Maybe brownies. Something sweet to greet him when he gets home. When he returns we’ll shower, eat breakfast, then he’ll convince me to go to the lab because we have a lot of work to do. So much that it’ll carry us into the early evening and, before we know it, it’ll be time for dinner. We’ll probably order takeout because neither one of us will want to cook (or deal with the crowds), and then we’ll go see a movie because we’ve been dying to see Her (me) and Inside Llewyn Davis (him). Our V-day in a nutshell.

While I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day, I am a fan of love and romance and heart shaped goodies, so for you I have a last minute Valentine recipe: raw linzer cookies. Which really shouldn’t be left until the last minute because they require a bit of preparation. If you’re not into the whole raw thing, give last year’s almond linzer cookies with cherry preserves a go. Or, if you are into the raw thing but would prefer something on the simple side, these raw cherry brownie hearts should do the trick.

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Notes: I’ve been getting requests for raw desserts made without dates – so if you want to replace the dates in this recipe, you can substitute 1 packed tablespoon of raisins (soaked for 30 minutes) for each medjool date. If you’d prefer chocolate linzer cookies, add 3 tablespoons of cacao powder to the dough while the almonds and coconut are blending (you’ll probably need to increase the almond milk by about one tablespoon, too). If you’re not into the high fat content, you can replace 1 cup of the almonds with 1 cup of rolled oats. The jam can be a bit tricky, as 2 cups of frozen cherries can shrink to 1-1 1/2 cups when thawed, so follow these guidelines: if it turns out too thin, thicken it up with an extra teaspoon (or two) of chia seeds; too thick, thin it out with a bit of the reserved cherry juice – unless you pitched the juice, then use water. The jam recipe also makes more than needed because my blender refused to blend 1 cup of cherries. If you’re blender is small enough, halve the recipe. And if you’re not into cherries, how about raspberry chia jam? Or blueberry (replace honey with dates, raisins, dried figs, etc.)?

RAW ALMOND LINZER COOKIES WITH CHERRY FILLING

Filling
2 cups frozen cherries, thawed
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2-4 medjool dates, soaked 30 minutes
4 tsp chia seeds

Dough
1 1/2 cups raw almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Small pinch of fine sea salt
8 medjool dates
2-3 tbsp raw almond milk

Sprinkles
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp cherry juice

Prepare the filling by separating the thawed cherries from the cherry juice; reserve juice in a small bowl. Add the cherries to the container of a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix), along with 2 tablespoons of the reserved cherry juice, lemon juice, and the dates (the more dates you add, the sweeter it will be). Blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds, or until semi-smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chia seeds, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the almonds, coconut, and salt into a fine meal. Add the dates and process until combined. Add the milk and blend for 30 seconds, just until the dough is smooth. Pat dough into a disc and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

When both the dough and filling are ready, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Line a flat surface with parchment paper and sprinkle with raw nut meal. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Using a round 2″ cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can and carefully transfer them to the lined baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining dough scraps. When you’ve finished cutting the dough, use a small heart cutter to cut the centers out of half of the cookies (don’t remove the centers just yet) and freeze for 20 minutes. Once the cookies have frozen, remove the heart centers and spread the uncut cookie halves with about 1 heaping teaspoon of cherry filling and sandwich with the cutout tops. Freeze on cookie sheet for an hour, then transfer to an air tight container. Cookies will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days, or in the freezer for up to six weeks. If freezing, allow cookies to thaw for 15 minutes before serving.

Just before serving, stir together the coconut and cherry juice and sprinkle over the exposed jam centers.

Yield: 18 linzer cookies

29 Comments

  • Reply Golubka 13 February 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Gorgeous!

  • Reply Harriet 13 February 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Your v-day plans sounds effing great! Also completely into these very high-vibin’ cookies.

  • Reply Lindsey (dolly and oatmeal) 14 February 2014 at 7:41 AM

    i couldn’t agree more…heart-shaped cookies, pink, and babies with arrows are reserved for valentine’s day. cherishing the ones you love is reserved for EVERYday!

  • Reply Ashley 14 February 2014 at 8:33 AM

    These are gorgeous, Ash!!!!!! <3 xoxo

  • Reply Katie @ Veggie and the Beast 14 February 2014 at 9:17 AM

    These are beautiful! I love that you dyed the coconut with extra cherry juice. Your Valentine’s Day sounds very much like mine, except instead of going to a movie we’re watching Netflix at home and drinking wine :)

    • Reply Ashlae 14 February 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Oh, I’d much rather be at home watching Netflix and drinking wine – but since Thom loves going to the theater, I figured I’d suck it up and take one for the team. It doesn’t hurt that the independent cinema serves booze, or else he’d probably have to pull my arm to get me to go. Enjoy your movie and wine, lady!

  • Reply Heather 14 February 2014 at 10:27 AM

    I am sure my day is going to shape up to be similar to yours, except Brent wants to see the new lego movie and I want to stay at home and watch House of Cards, because lately I can’t seem to find any energy to leave the house. I appreciate your dedication to fitness. Battling meatheads sounds a bit challenging. These cookies look gorgeous, which is no surprise, because everything you make looks wonderfully beautiful. Wishing you a happy love-filled day.

    • Reply Ashlae 14 February 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Well, if it helps – Thom saw the Lego movie last night and said it was all kinds of entertaining. But if it were up to me, a night at home on the couch would be ideal. ;) Sending happiness and love right back atchya, lady. <3

  • Reply Renard Moreau 14 February 2014 at 11:04 AM

    [ Smiles ] Great! A vegan recipe that involves almonds!

  • Reply Gena 14 February 2014 at 2:54 PM

    These are GORGEOUS, Ashlae! And your photos do the recipe much more justice than mine did. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Reply Ashlae 14 February 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Oh, stop it! Yours are gorgeous. :)

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  • Reply cheri 14 February 2014 at 3:36 PM

    These cookies are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Simone 15 February 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Love these cookies – how sweet! I’m the same about Valentine’s Day. We exchanged cards but nothing more & then went for a walk by the beach & then went to REI so Sam could finally buy his big backpack for our trip! so exciting & nice that it was quite empty in the store haha. The man who helped us was 76 & was going on & on about his old backpacking trips. So great. :)

    Happy February & all the cute hearts! xx

  • Reply Kathryn 16 February 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Hurrah for heart-shaped cookie goodness. Also, those pink coconut sprinkles?! The absolute best. Hope you guys enjoyed your evening of take-out + movies; by far the best way to celebrate.

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  • Reply Demetri 16 February 2014 at 11:15 PM

    These are the first linzer cookies i’ve ever really wanted to eat!

  • Reply puree juice bar 19 February 2014 at 5:38 AM

    i seriously want to eat these right off my computer screen. :) thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Mary Kate 21 February 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I am seriously considering trying these tomorrow morning, but probably with strawberry jam — not because I don’t like cherries. I adore them. But I have frozen strawberries, and I don’t have frozen cherries (though I think I need to find some as soon as possible).

  • Reply Courtney Shields 24 February 2014 at 1:29 PM

    These are adorable and look so delicious! Can’t wait to try :)
    x Courtney

  • Reply Stephanie 24 February 2014 at 8:41 PM

    These look absolutely stunning and delicious! I’m going to try a batch of blueberry chia seed jam for some coconut and lemon waffles I’ve been experimenting with these past couple weeks. So excited to have extra for other goodies like these. :)

  • Reply TeoBucatar 24 February 2014 at 9:43 PM

    This recipe looks amazing. I’m definitely going to have to try it.

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  • Reply Alex 25 February 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I love anything with almonds, and these almond, cherry cookies look very tempting & delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

  • Reply Linnaea 25 March 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I just found your blog via Gluten Free Recipes 24/7…and spent about 20 minutes drooling my way through your gorgeous recipes. Do you have any photography tutorials? I looked through your “About” section and the “FAQs” but couldn’t find anything.

    • Reply Ashlae 25 March 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Hi Linnaea –

      You’re so kind, thanks! But unfortunately I don’t have any photography tutorials. Sorry!

  • Reply Bostjan 6 April 2014 at 7:33 AM

    You are amazing! First gym and then these lovely cookies :) Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Elyse 19 April 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Cookies are in the freezer as we speak with a combo cherry/blueberry jam. Excited to eat them…didn’t get anywhere close to 18 though; after the cut outs on half I got 8. I think my rolling out technique needs work. ;)

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