Grain-free Lemon Cookie Tarts

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Did you have an incredible weekend? I hope you did.

My weekend began on Thursday at the Rise Kombucha launch party, stretched into Friday with a Kevin and Leanne movie and popcorn night, Saturday afternoon was highlighted with the hustle and bustle of the Montreal health expo, and Saturday evening resulted in a massive feast with friends and endless Indian food. Come Sunday, I was ready for a quiet day of baking and napping. All that celebration is enough to wear a girl right out!

So I made us cookies. Well, they’re sort of cookies. They’re cookies in a cup with dairy-free cream inside. Like tarts, only way easier.

Tarts are a lot of work but this recipe… isn’t.

This recipe also uses ingredients many of us have in our pantry so we can all delay grocery shopping just one more day.

And of course this dessert is grain-free and vegan so just about everyone can enjoy them. Just wait until you see the grain-free, vegan desserts in my cookbook that’s coming out in May! It’ll blow yo’ mind!

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Grain-free Lemon Cookie Tarts
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 24
 
Mini tarts made with grain-free sugar cookie and filled with a coconut cream.
Ingredients
Cookie Cups:
Cream:
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight and drained of excess liquid
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Then add wet. Stir with a spoon until fully incorporated.
  3. Press into 24 mini muffin cups and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, carefully press into center of each baked cookie to make a 1-inch wide indentation. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently remove the cups from the pan. Place cups on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 1 hour.
  5. In a medium chilled bowl, beat coconut milk and vanilla. Beat until frothy, about 2 minutes.
  6. Top each cookie cup with cream, sprinkle with coconut and serve.
Notes
If you are allergic to nuts, use a sugar cookie recipe that does not contain nuts and add to the pan as instructed.
If you do not have coconut sugar, I'm sure other forms of sugar would work but I haven't tried it.
These tarts store really well in the fridge. Place in an air-tight container. Can be stored for up to 5 days.

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The trick to this recipe is making sure that the cookie mixture is firmly pressed into the mini muffin molds. Press that dough like you mean it!

Then, when it’s finished baking, make little holes in the tops like in the picture below. The deeper the holes, the more cream that will fit inside.

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I added the cream to a piping bag, but you could just as easily use a spoon if you’d like. Pipe, repeat, pipe, repeat.

Well, you get the idea.

Sprinkle with coconut and maybe some extra lemon zest if you have it handy, and you’re good to go!

Note: I used Aroy-D coconut milk for the cream of this recipe. It’s best to chill the can the night before, drain some of the liquid and then use the solid mass from the can to make the cream.

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You could use any type of cookie base you’d like with these cups. I chose a sugar cookie-type base, but I’m sure anything would work here.

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Now it’s your turn… Do you have Easter treats planned for this year?

How do you set aside downtime and relaxation on the weekend?

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  1. Man… I’m not sure what I did wrong, but these were terrible for me! :( this was my first paleo baking adventure, keep in mind. I melted the coconut oil beforehand because I had no idea how all these dry ingredients were supposed to incorporate without any liquid (except the vanilla). I pressed them into my pan (which is dark, may have been an issue) and they burned after only six minutes! I lowered the heat and rotated them but… Still lots of black flecks :/ the coconut cream didn’t turn out either! I beat it on high for five minutes and barely got soft peaks to form. I tried to eat them anyway but they were too crumbly and burnt :( after all the positive reviews and I am certain it’s because I’m a newbie :p glad I have these a practice run! Haha. Any tips?

    • Hi Chrissy! A couple of things I noticed as you were explaining your steps: the coconut oil should have been room temperature (it’ll hold better — like butter) and the longer you whip coconut cream, the liquidier it will get. Best to just whip quickly to mix and always keep cold. I hope that helps! Also, your oven may be too hot. Try reducing by 25 degrees or so. Hope that helps!

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