Apricot Almond Dreams – A New Keto Thumbprint Cookie

I’ve created a new cookie y’all! I’m so excited, and I think you’re gonna love it! These cookies are just a little ray of sunshine!

The taste and texture of this cookie will amaze you – you won’t believe it’s actually low carb and low calorie!

In theory this should make about 40 dreamy little cookies, but it all depends on how big you make the cookie balls.

Start off with a basic butter cookie recipe, altered for keto:

1/2 cup Land O Lakes real margarine
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco or Coconut Oil
One large EB egg
1/2 cup Zen Sweet Monkfruit
1/2 cup Confectioners (XXX) sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup All Purpose Flour
2 cups Almond Flour
2 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Smuckers Sugar Free Apricot jam
Almond slices

It’s a little bit fiddly, as I don’t roll the cookie in almond slices, but rather, I arrange them around the jam.
Ready to pop in the oven!

Cream the margarine & shortening & egg. Add sweeteners, salt and blend in well. Add in the AP flour and the extracts, mix about a minute, and then gradually mix in the 2 cups of Almond Flour. Roll into small balls about 2” diameter, and place on a well greased cookie sheet. Then take something about the size of a large marble, to press into the center of each cookie to make a well (yes, like thumbprint cookies!). Now add about 1-1/2 tsp of the sugar-free Apricot jam to each well, and then gently press almond slices around the edges of each cookie. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350°, or until the bottom edges of the cookies are golden. Let them cool 10-15 minutes before removing to a plate.

Yum!

As you get more and more comfortable with the taste, frankly, you can eliminate any AP flour, and use 100% Almond Flour, and you could even drop the amount of Confectioners Sugar to perhaps 1/4 cup, and increase the Monkfruit to 3/4 cup – but remember Confectioners Sugar is already 1/2 the carbs of granulated sugar.

You will have 3-5 grams of carbohydrates per cookies, depending on how large your cookie is, if you follow the recipe exactly.

Enjoy!!

This Card is so Extra!

Using a mix of papers from Heartfelt Creations, I’ve created a very special card, for a very special someone. This card has tags, and room for a Special photo, (or two) as well!

These little birdies are just so stinkin’ cute!! Also I’m in love with all the decorative Lacey dies, and you can see I incorporated several in this card. Here is a little video for you to see.

Shabby Chic cards

Just a couple of designs, mixing it up, and trying for the Shabby chic look.

I used several doily type die cuts, gossamer ribbon, and Vellum flowers on one of them, the other has a standard paper flowers in the center and vellum for the others, all handmade, using the Heartfelt Creations dies, of course!

I just love this lacy die (white piece)

I even used vellum for the butterflies!

Paper is some Tim Holz I found at Tuesday Morning, it’s about 5”x 8” and has a fabric feel to it – very interesting and fun to work with.

Keto Peanut Butter Candy

Let’s not presume that keto is low calorie – lest we forget that FAT has 9kcal/gm, while protein and carbohydrates have only 4kcal/gm. Nonetheless the fat in peanut butter is generally considered a healthy fat.

My boys love “Buckeyes” at Christmas time, which is basically a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate.

I thought it would be a nice twist to see if I could make it a little bit lower carb, and thus closer to my keto lifestyle – no sense feeling deprived at Christmas time!

Just a few ingredients:
3 cups chunky Peanut Butter (regular Peter Pan, NOT Honey Roasted)
2 cups Lakanto Monk Fruit
1/2 cup real Land O Lakes Margarine
Mix well, by hand or in the mixer.

Optional add in: 1 cup Rice Krispies, or Oatmeal, or even Almond Flour – I don’t add any of these

Make your peanut butter balls about 3” diameter, and set on wax paper.

Melt 2 packages of Hershey’s Sugarfree Chocolate Chips (20 oz) – I do it in the microwave at 50% power one minute at a time. If you would like you can also melt some Gulf wax, just a bit, to thin your chocolate and give it a glossy shine – 1/4 of a bar is all you need. Once everything is well incorporated glossy and smooth, roll your Peanut Butter balls a wee bit on the wax paper to smooth out the edges, and then dip into your melted chocolate lifting them out with a fork. Tap off the excess chocolate. And place the Peanut Butter candy ball back into the wax paper to dry. You can eat these in about 15 minutes, but the chocolate really takes a few hours to set back up again.

Enjoy!

Pro tip here: put some wax paper in a mold, (or use a nifty little silicon one if you have one) and put your leftover chocolate in it. Add nuts from your pantry (I chose cashews) mix them into the chocolate, and then melt in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Let it set, then remove from the mold, Voila! MORE keto candy!

Beautiful Asters on a Lacy Card

Heartfelt Creations came out with some beautiful and ornate dies at Thanksgiving last year, they are called “Gateway” dies.

Using two different selections, paper from my stash, and previously made Asters, I played around a little bit this morning.

No ribbons on this card. The blossom are made from wired “posies” that you can pull off in about 5 minutes.

The inside sentiment

Finish off with a sentiment, and your card is done!

Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas everybody! This is my final card of the season, I have a lot of company coming this week, and really must clean off my desk!

This is an easel card, using a retired Heartfelt Creations paper collection – I am really upset with myself for not buying more of it before they retired it! I just love the cardinals, especially since our yard is full of them!

There are a couple of photos here to show more detail, enjoy!

This is the “absolute” front of my card
Here is the card shown with the easel
Inside view
Flower Detail
Sentiment detail

Keto Cakelets

I found the cutest little cakelet pan at the store a while ago, and lost it in my closet, lol! So I was cleaning out things, and found this pan, and thought it would be the perfect time to try it out, as it is very Fall themed, with Turkeys and Pumpkins and such. It came with a recipe which, was amazingly enough, incredibly close to a Keto type recipe, so I thought I would alter the recipe and see how it went. It’s freaking amazing! These little cakelets are moist and springy, kind of like sponge cake, and have NO Xanthem gum in them at all. And I have modified the recipe so it makes exactly 12 little cakelets, just right for these cute little pans.

Recipe
1/3 Cup Milk or Cream
1-1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2/3 Cup Butter or Real Margarine
2/3 Cup Lakanto Monk Fruit
3 large EB Eggs
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup all-purpose Flour
1-1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp salt

Heat your oven to 350. Mix in the Eggs, Butter and Monk Fruit until smooth.
Add the Cream and dry ingredients, blend until smooth again.
Add in the Almond Extract, and pour into your cakelet pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350° F.

Trust me, you will be Amazed!!

Low Carb Orange Cranberry Bread

6 EB XL eggs
1 cup + 2 Tbsp almond flour & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2-1/4 tsp Xanthen Gum
1-1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2-3/4 tsp salt (Depending on your sensitivity to salt)
1 tsp Real Vanilla extract

1 tsp Lemon extract

1 Tablespoon Orange extract

2 Tablespoons Orange zest (grated Orange peel)

6 oz. fresh cranberries (1/2 pkg), chopped/puréed in a food processor

Although this is more of a Christmas time bread, if you think ahead and buy a bunch of bags of cranberries when they are available (like 12!) you can enjoy this year round. Actually, you might substitute low sugar Craisens for the cranberries and it tastes delicious! PLUS, there is an orange butter that is delicious to spread on top. (However, Craisens, even the lower sugar variety, are certainly NOT low carb.)

Just before placing in the oven

Orange Butter

1/2 cup butter or margarine softened

3 Tbsp confectioners sugar, and 3 Tbsp powdered Monk Fruit

2 tsp Orange zest OR 1 Tbsp frozen OJ concentrate (if you choose the OJ concentrate, you obviously have more carbs, and you may have to add more conf sugar or powdered Monk Fruit to thicken it) Slather this on a warm slice of bread, and you’ll be in Heaven!

Yum!

Carb content per slice (for 12 slices) is about: 7.5

Carb content of the Orange Butter: 30gm for the whole thing, unless you use OJ. With the OJ concentrate that will bring it up to about 45gms. How many grams per serving is up to you!