Vanilla Walnut “Shortbread”

I’ve spent the past few days at home with a sick child. It’s been a combination of AHHHH & Awwww. In short, it’s been AHwful. As a result, I’m caught up on laundry, my kitchen has been cleaned 2000 times, two high straightenence posts have been executed, two boxes of tissues have been demolished and my pantry supply has dwindled slightly. Since we’ve been housebound and I’ve been in desperate need of a sweet pick-me-up, I found this little recipe for “shortbread” cookies and BANG! I had all of the ingredients at home. Love that.

These little raw cookies turned out better than I imagined. I didn’t really think you could mimic shortbread  without butter or baking but somehow the ground walnuts & coconut create a buttery/nutty vibe and the rest is golden. Husband approved and that’s saying A LOT.

These vanilla-walnut cookies are best kept in the freezer. Their texture is nice and chewy and you’ll really love the taste of the oils from the walnuts when they melt in your mouth.  I highly recommend eating a few with a warm cup of tea and a good book. Us moms know the true value of quiet time (without the sound of incessant hacking/coughing).

And we’re off! The ingredients list here is SUPER LOW. Which means it’s SUPER AWESOME.

Simple steps….to abundance! Whirl it all up in a food processor.

One minute later you have dough!

Spoon a little bit in your hand, roll/knead/form into a ball and place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Here’s the fun part! With your palm, flatten each ball so it’s shaped like a cookie!

Put the cookies in the freezer.

And eat eat EAT and not feel guilty about it. They’re raw and SO DELICIOUS.

If you’re a fan of raw/healthy foods you might like my:

Raw Chocolate Milk

Maple Oatmeal Squares

Apricot Coconut Energy Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Coconut Date Rolls

And if you’re looking for some authentic walnut shortbread, you should check out this recipe!

Vanilla Walnut “Shortbread”

recipe slightly adapted from Raw Energy Cookbook 

makes 22 cookies

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Blend walnuts, coconut, honey, vanilla and salt in a food processor until a granular, moist dough forms, about 60 seconds.

Scrape the dough into a medium bowl. Pinch off pieces of the dough and gently squeeze, knead and roll the pieces into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diamter. On a parchment lined baking sheet, press each ball between your palms to slightly flatten into cookies. Place sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Store cookies in a tightly sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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  • wow these look incredible and I can’t believe they are healthy! What a great idea, this is certainly going on the to – bake list!

  • January 16, 2013

    I’m excited to make these for my husband who is paleo. He can eat everything but the honey but sometimes he turns a blind eye for a treat. I type this at 2:30am while I’m up with a fevery little boy who doesn’t get the concept that, “everyone else is sleeping right now.”

  • January 16, 2013

    I used to make so much raw vegan food and these look so good! Love the addition of honey and walnuts aren’t a nut I use as much, but need to put them back into rotation.

  • January 16, 2013

    The short ingredient list is nice too :)

  • January 16, 2013

    Love how simple these are! Hope Cooper feels better very soon. And Courtney up there reminded me that a friend is starting the year off on a paleo diet, so I’ll pass this recipe along to her. Thanks!

  • jenny
    January 16, 2013

    these sound great! I love to bake, but I also love a treat that’s yummy without being dependent on flour and white sugar. will definitely be putting these on the to-make list. :)

  • marci
    January 16, 2013

    Wow, these look delish and are gluten free, too!! Hope you don’t get sick yourself and that your sweet boy feels better soon.

  • grace
    January 16, 2013

    hmm i wonder if i throw in a teaspoon of baking soda and bake it instead, would turn out ok too

  • January 16, 2013

    What a great recipe and I can eat them since they are gluten free!!! Definitely bookmarked this for my next sweet tooth.

  • January 16, 2013

    I’m home with a sick baby too. We’re getting by on snuggles and YouTube videos of “doggies!” Those shortbread cookies really do look delicious!

  • I was so surprised to find out these weren’t actual shortbread cookies. They look like such a treat! Can’t wait to try.

  • January 16, 2013

    These looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try!

  • Sarah
    January 16, 2013

    Tracy! These sound like the bomb! My boyfriend has a serious sweet tooth and I love baking/ making treats, but we need to scale back and find some balance cause we’ve both put on a few of the ole’ lbs with a little too much holiday indulgence! These will be a nice substitute- a lil something sweet that won’t be as bad to have around. Win win!

  • Cait
    January 16, 2013

    These look amazing and super diet-friendly for me at the moment!

  • January 16, 2013

    um, I love ALL of the things in these cookies–maybe even more than real shortbread. maybe.
    Hope Cooper is on the mend!!

  • January 16, 2013

    Whoa. Mind blown. These look delicious (which I don’t normally say about raw cookies)!

  • January 16, 2013

    I LOVE the super simple ingredient list and the fact that I would totally eat 5 of these without feeling (too) guilty. I hope Cooper is feeling better!

  • January 16, 2013

    These look so good! Except for coconut…I hate coconut…maybe I can substitute something else, because they look so.good.

    Hope your house is feeling better!

    • Tracy
      January 16, 2013

      you could probably do it with more walnuts, sub in a different nut for coconut, or try adding in a few dried figs or dates. Good luck!

      • January 16, 2013

        Okay, just read through the comments…You can ignore my question below! :)

  • January 16, 2013

    Yum! These look good! I imagine they’re like eating cookie dough kinda. Whoa, I need these! I bet little hunks would be good in coconut milk ice cream!

    • Tracy
      January 16, 2013

      YES!!! Or a lemon ice cream would be fab!!! I like the way you think.

  • January 16, 2013

    Oh man, I think I have to make these immediately. Last night out of the blue I said to Marc, “I want a cookie” and he just looked at me. Now I can easily make a batch of these….YES.

  • Ashley
    January 16, 2013

    These look delish! Thinking about sending these as a foodie pen pal gift but wondering how long they would last in an air right container? What are your thoughts?

    • Tracy
      January 16, 2013

      They should last for awhile- at least a week or two.

  • January 16, 2013

    I’m going to try my hand at being vegan for the month of February; trying to stock up on lots of exciting “baking” recipes to keep my head in the game. This recipe should come in handy, perfect timing.

  • January 16, 2013

    Wow, I have never seen anything like this…never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that a raw shortbread recipe exists that actually looks (and I imagine, tastes) like shortbread! Genius.

  • January 16, 2013

    Looks really good. I hope Cooper is feeling better. Over in the Schwartz household we all have the cough. Feel your pain. Serious hacking all over this joint!

  • Iris R.
    January 16, 2013

    I just made these as soon as I saw the recipe – I downed a good chunk of the dough and three cookies as soon as they were remotely cold in the freezer. I cannot stop eating them. SO GOOD.

    • Iris R.
      January 16, 2013

      Oh and I made them with dates and a tiny dash of maple syrup, because we don’t have any honey right now. Still delicious!

      • January 16, 2013

        Exactly how did you use dates? Did you use whole, pitted ones and grind them up with everything else?

        • Tracy
          January 16, 2013

          Grind them up! Pitted dates only.

  • January 16, 2013

    Okay, I’m making this! Nooo butter? And honey as a sweeterner? Sounds good for me alright!!!

    There’s just one thing, I’m not crazy about coconut, any suggestions of what I could/shouldsubstitute?

  • January 16, 2013

    I have a slight walnut allergy so I’m going to have to experiment with other nuts but it seems like pecans, hazelnuts or almonds would all be super delicious as well! Oh … almonds and coconut and then half-dip them while frozen into melted chocolate and refreeze? I’m in trouble. :)

  • January 16, 2013

    This is amazing! I love walnuts so I know I’m going to love the taste. And I concede… a ganache drizzle will make it gorgeous.

  • January 16, 2013

    I just made these. I tweaked them a bit though, instead of 2 cups of walnuts, I used 1 cup almonds and 1 cup of walnuts (I didn’t have enough walnuts). YUM! These will be a go to for my kiddos for snack or a quick breakfast. Mine were a bit oily. Is this normal? I’m assuming so because of the nuts?

    • Tracy
      January 16, 2013

      They should be oily, YES. When you freeze them, they obviously aren’t as oily ;)

  • January 16, 2013

    Holy smokes, these are AMAZING.

  • January 17, 2013

    These cookies are pure magic. MAGIC. For reals.

  • Awesome-these are guilt free in my book!

  • January 17, 2013

    These look like they should be so bad for you! Is it bad I want to crumble them over ice cream?

  • January 18, 2013

    Tracy!!! Tracy. Seriously, thank you.
    Heidi xo

  • Heather
    January 19, 2013

    Yum. Made these last night. Giving them to my kids for an amuse bouche before breakfast

    • Tracy
      January 19, 2013

      Amuse bouche!!! Hilarious/Awesome! Did they love it?

      • Heather
        January 19, 2013

        Damn straight

  • January 21, 2013

    I tried it and it was a hit! Thank you so much for sharing your multiple talents!!

    Best regards from Spain!

    Grumpster

    http://crumbsandco.net/2013/01/21/receta-no66-galletas-crudas/

  • January 26, 2013

    These cookies are incredible! I just posted about them on my blog. I’d love if you would come take a look: http://piesandplots.net/vanilla-walnut-shortbread-and-liebster-award/ Thanks for such a great – and guilt free – treat!

  • Carrie
    January 27, 2013

    I switched out the walnuts for pecans and they were delicious. I also sprinkled a little bit of cane sugar on the top before freezing them. Thanks for an easy, healthy dessert recipe!

  • January 27, 2013

    I literally JUST returned from a trip to the grocery store, where I bought walnuts on a whim. Upping my pre-gym snack from plain ol’ nuts to these babies ASAP. You rock!

    • Tracy
      January 27, 2013

      Walnuts are soo good for you! Perfect timing!

  • January 27, 2013

    I love shortbread! I can’t wait to try this raw version!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Tracy
      January 27, 2013

      Hope you enjoy it!!

  • January 31, 2013

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  • April 2, 2013

    Do you think the raw honey is crucial? I have plain old processed avocado honey.

    • Tracy
      April 2, 2013

      It should be fine. It’s more about how “raw” you want to be.

      • April 2, 2013

        Thanks. I figured as much. I’m giving it a go!

  • April 11, 2013

    These are genius!!! And, I’ve been trying to get more omega-3′s in my diet recently, so the idea of using walnuts is perfect. Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites ever. Can’t wait to whip these up!

  • August 6, 2013

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe! I turned these into the base for some raw raspberry bars(http://fooddoodles.com/2013/07/25/raw-raspberry-shortbread-barsvegan-grain-and-gluten-free/). They were a big hit, even my hubby liked them, so thanks! :)

  • September 21, 2013

    Totally in love with raw snacks these days! I’m in love with nakd bars – the English equivalent of larabar, so this is right up my street!

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