Raw Cacao Pecan Creme Mini Sandwich Cookies

Raw-Cacao-Pecan-Whoopie-PiesHow cute are these tiny raw cacao cookies with a creamy raw pecan filling?

I remember the very first raw cookies I made in my dehydrator many, many years ago.  It was a recipe that required them to stay in the dehydrator for 18 – 20 hours.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I get a cookie craving, I usually need it FAST…not in 18 – 24 hours!

One thing I’ve learned since then is you have to prepare and plan ahead when making treats in the dehydrator, especially cookies.

The good news is these tasty, bite-sized raw cookies only need about 4 – 6 hours drying time.

And they are worth the wait because they are raw, vegan and flourless which means they are gluten-free too!

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The original recipe was for “Raw Cacao Pecan Whoopie Pies”.

Mine ended up turning out a little different.  They ~really~ aren’t whoopie pies, so I didn’t feel right calling them that.  They are more like a sandwich creme-type cookie.

But in all fairness, I did start the recipe out with the intent of making whoopie pies and even rolled the dough out and formed them by hand into round, flat whoopie pie tops.

But I wanted mine to have the cute little edges on them like the original recipe, so I pulled out my mini-cutters with the ruffled edges.

I was able to get three mini-cookies from each whoopie pie cookie and they were more decorative and, to me, just cuter!

So, I did follow the original recipe directions, but ended up straying for the sake of appearance and the cuteness factor.

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Raw-Cacao-Pecan-Whoopie-Pies

 

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Tip #1:  The original recipe said to add 1 tbs of water, if needed, which I did.  Just check the mixture while it’s in the food processor to see if you need to add a little water to get the right texture.

Tip #2:  I’m 99.9% sure I reduced the sweetener a little in the cookie ingredient but didn’t write down how much I actually used.  I listed the amount from the original recipe in the recipe below, but you may want to reduce it a little if you don’t want them too sweet.

Tip #3:  You can also make your own oat flour if you have a Vitamix.  Just put your oats in and turn it on until it is ground into a flour-type consistency.

Raw Cacao Pecan Creme Mini Sandwich Cookies

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Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 2 cups organic oat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup

For the filling

  • 2 cups pecans (soaked)
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut butter
  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw agave nectar

Directions

For the cookies
Step 1 Put all dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine.

Whisk together all wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and process until well combined. (Add 1 - 2 tbs of water, if needed).

Flatten out to a disk shape on a non-stick dehydrator sheet.

Cover the top with wax paper or parchment paper and roll out to 1/4 inches thick.

Cut with a cookie cutter of your choice and peel away the extra dough.

Repeat until you have used up all the dough.

Place cookies in a dehydrator at 110 degrees for approximately 4 hours.

Peel off the non-stick sheet and transfer to a mesh sheet and continue to dehydrate for approximately 2 - 4 hours.

The cookies should be dry but not brittle and a little softness should remain.
For the filling
Step 2 Put all ingredients into a food processor until very well combined.

Use for filling between two cookies.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe source:  http://www.rawmazing.com/raw-cacao-pecan-whoopie-pies/

 

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10 comments to Raw Cacao Pecan Creme Mini Sandwich Cookies

  • Nicole

    What does the dehydrator do? Can I use my oven? Or just bake them?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Nicole! The dehydrator is used to keep foods “raw” and keep all the living enzymes intact. Anything that is cooked over 115 degrees is no longer considered “raw” and the living enzymes are destroyed.

      I’m not sure if these could be baked in the oven…maybe at the lowest heat setting? You could try at (200-250 degrees) and just keep and eye on them because you wouldn’t have to bake them for very long.

      If not, you could try to find a regular healthy chocolate shortbread cookie recipe and make the pecan filling to go in it.

      I hope that helps…thanks for stopping by ;)

  • Oh wow, these do look so cute! They sound really yummy too!

  • These look great! And I know what you mean about wanting that cookie right away… I love the small cutters you used and I just ordered a set from Amazon. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Tabatha! Thank you! You know, the tiny cookies would be perfect for your little boy (who is adorable btw!) especially since you are getting the little cookie cutters. They would be bite size and you could just let him have the cookie part and they wouldn’t be so messy with the center filling. They kind of taste like those “Annie’s Bunnies” cookies, but healthier.

      Thanks for ordering them through my Amazon link..I appreciate it ;)

  • I haven’t forayed into the land of dehydrating yet, but these are tempting me!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Abby! It’s really easy, I promise! I actually have much better luck with the dehydrator than a regular oven…no burning! lol

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