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Growing up, my Nana was one of my biggest influences. I adored everything about her. She was beautiful, gracious, funny, strong, sensitive, and so demonstrative of her love. She always happened to have baked goods in her home and I loved most of them. She was an excellent baker.
These Spiced Raisin Cookies were one of her famous recipes. Her boys (my Dad and my Uncle) loved them. It’s a unique cookie – so full of flavor. They don’t have to be made only at Christmas; she certainly made them all year long.
Obviously my Nana did most of her baking with gluten, dairy, and eggs, so I had to make a few changes to this recipe in order to bring them to your kitchen. What’s great though, is you can personalize this recipe based on different dietary needs.
For my family, I used Natrel’s new lactose free butter to make these cookies. It’s the first lactose free butter on the Canadian market, which is super exciting for those of you who are lactose intolerant (my husband and son)! I love that there’s only two ingredients in it – lactose free cream and sea salt. It’s available in major grocery stores in Quebec, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada (including Sobey’s and Loblaws).
Natrel also makes an organic butter and it too is made with just two ingredients – organic cream and sea salt. It’s also available in major grocery stores in Quebec and Ontario. Their organic butter would work in this recipe.
Natrel is also in the middle of their Greatest Dessert Exchange campaign. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate. Check out the details of the campaign here .
I like the idea of Natrel’s Greatest Dessert Exchange campaign. Natrel is encouraging you to bake something, pass it along to a friend, and then hope that your friend will bake something and pass that along too. It’s like paying it forward with baked goods. It’s a super cute idea and the perfect time of year to participate. I passed my cookies on to my Dad, he was pretty happy. He says he’s going to pass on his homemade squishies (his name for an English muffin loaded with Natrel’s lactose free butter, peanut butter, and jam). Any takers?
Raisin Spice Cookies
Prep 12 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 27 mins
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 well-beaten eggs (omit if vegan/egg-free)
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour, plus 3 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup raisins, rehydrated