Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies. I mean, they even have cookie aroma candles for crying out loud. So it’s definitely a thing.
In one of my favorite romantic comedies “Because I said so”, there’s a scene where Mandy Moore is expecting her date to arrive to her home. To create a warm, yummy, and welcoming environment she puts cookies to bake in the oven.
I’m not sure why that scene is tattooed into my brain. But it just makes sense. Not only do I love that idea, but also have adopted the method a couple of times already. Not for dates, but when friends or family come over. Or to be honest, when I want the house to smell amazing and perfect!
I came across this recipe very randomly online, I believe it was from Unconventional Baker. That’s the problem I have sometimes. I’ll come across recipes, take screen shots of the ingredients and instructions (or just write it down in my planner) and save for later. A lot of times, I won’t have a clue where they came from. Guilty!
I loved this recipe for quite a few reasons:
- I had all the ingredients at home. (winning 🙂 )
- It required minimal steps and equipment. I love when the recipe does not require me using the food processor. You see, I have to keep my food processor stored away in the back of a cabinet. So the mood has to be right for me want to use it. Lazy much? Sometimes.
- The recipe doesn’t make enormous amounts of cookies. I prefer making smaller batches so it doesn’t force me to go on a cookie diet to avoid having stale cookies. Twelve cookies is the perfect number.
- These cookies were made using wholesome ingredients. Most cookies can be made up of just sugar, refined flour, and butter. By adding cashew butter you get the bonus of healthy fats and protein.
So enough chatter, let’s start baking!
Like always, I made mine gluten-free but feel free to explore. The chickpea flour added fiber and protein, but if you don’t have that at home, just stick to one type of flour. Or you can even grind some oats into flour and add that instead.
Also, if you don’t have these super cute teapot and teacup cookie cutters, no worries. Roll out the dough and use a cup to make circle shaped cookies. It works just as well here. If you are interested in looking around for similar cookie cutters, I bought mine in Sur La Table. But from what I see, Michaels or Etsy also seem to have them.
I hope you enjoy these maple tea time cookies as much as I did. These cookies go very well with a warm beverage like tea, coffee, or hot cocoa!
Maple Tea Time Cookies Recipe
Yields 10-12 cookies
- 4 TBSP all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 2 TBSP chickpea flour
- 2 TBSP cashew butter
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix all ingredients with spoon (or clean hands) until a dough is formed and evenly combined.
- Roll out dough on lightly floured counter.
- Use cookie cutter of choice to make cookies.
- Repeat until dough is done.
- Bake on tray covered with parchment paper for 10 minutes.