A gluten free cookie treat without eggs or dairy – these 5-ingredient paleo mojito cookies are infused with hints of lime and fresh mint. The perfect summer-inspired shortbread cookie that tastes great and requires minimal effort.
Last Friday was deemed a ‘no work day’. Seems like a simple concept but I’ve probably had a ‘no work day’ a total of four times since starting Physical Kitchness. It’s not all ‘bust your butt’ kind of work all the time, but I usually try to squeeze in something during nap time if the day was spent doing other things aside from blogging.
It had been a really stressful week, and I felt like my soul needed a little refresher. So I decided it was a day perfect to hunt for trains – all boy moms know of this very exclusive activity.
Growing up in the Midwest, spotting a train was like looking for a cloud – they’re everywhere. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, or maybe it’s because trains weren’t a special thing, but I never picked up the fascination for those clunky, loud boxes of steel. My son however….enamored.
Trains are a novice here in Southern California. And I feel a little funny saying trains, because they aren’t REAL trains. It’s either The Coaster, taking people to the San Diego Zoo or a Padres game, or Amtrak…passenger trains. We don’t have cargo engines – like the legit bad @ss kind of trains my son would go nuts over. None-the-less, he was still pretty pumped for a day of train watching with mom and little bro, and dubbed every passing car as Thomas, or Gordon, or Scruff. He’s seen every Thomas the Train episode there is. As have I….
You know when you’re a momma in the trenches with little ones, and people look at you with empathetic expressions and tell you it gets easier? While train hunting that day, I got a little glimpse into the ‘easier’ phase. Granted both kids were
locked strapped in the stroller most of the morning, it was still really pleasant and fun! I’m not going to tell you what happened after we got home from our escapades, because it might ruin this rosy vision, but let’s just say it was a perfect morning. A lovely moment for a mommy soul.
So naturally that afternoon during nap I felt the need to make cookies. OKAY call me out – I started working. But baking 5-ingredient paleo mojito cookies didn’t really feel like work. The day needed a sweet celebratory reward and cookies were the perfect way to do it.
5-Ingredient Paleo Mojito Cookies
I still can’t believe how simple and easy these mojito-inspired cookies where to whip together (even if it did take 3 recipe development attempts to get it right). And all you need are FIVE simple ingredients to make a delicious cookie bursting with lime and fresh mint flavor.
Frosting is optional, but pretty epic so I’m not sure I’d advise skipping it! Comprised of my latest love, coconut butter, lime and more fresh mint, I might be more obsessed with this than my son is with trains. I purchase coconut butter out of pure convenience (if you’d like to do the same, click HERE for a link), but you could certainly make it yourself. To do this, pour 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes into a food processor and blend a total of 15-20 minutes. You will have to scrape down the sides of the food processor frequently, but with a little TLC, you’ll have a rich coconut butter to use for this frosting recipe, and additional to store for later. I love coconut butter by the spoonful, over fruit, or even blended in my coffee. But it might be the BEST topped on these 5-ingredient paleo mojito cookies…
As the summer draws to an end (sad face), there’s nothing better than reminiscing about the past weeks of fun, the ‘bucket list’ days ahead, and of course, COOKIES!!
Care for other summer-inspired treats? Then try this no bake paleo fruit pizza, 3-ingredient blueberry bliss balls, no bake paleo chocolate mango bars, creme de menthe avocado fudsicles, or these individual lemon strawberry cheesecakes!
Now go forth and make memories AND cookies!Print
5-Ingredient Paleo Mojito Cookies
- Yield: 14-16 cookies
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons finely copped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons water (to thin the frosting as desired)
- Combine the almond flour, coconut sugar, melted coconut oil, lime juice and zest, and mint. Once the dough is well combined, place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Roll the dough into a balls (roughly 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized scoops per ball) and place on a parchment-lined or non-stick cookie sheet
- Using the back of a glass cup, flatten the ball slightly. As an option, sprinkle tops of the cookies with more coconut sugar to avoid the dough from sticking to the glass. If it does stick, gently push it off to the side until removed, and place the flattened cookie dough on the pan
- Bake for 15 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden
- Remove from the oven and let cool
- To make the frosting, combine the coconut butter, lime juice and zest, and fresh mint. Add water as needed to thin the frosting to desired consistency. Spread the frosting on top of the cookies and garnish with more fresh mint if desired
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