Figgy Cocoa Wedges (and a giveaway!)

December 10th, 2012 at 7:07 am
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UPDATE 12/17: This giveaway is now closed.

Welcome to the kick-off of this week’s Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner! A few of my friends and I are teaming up to bring you a week’s worth of healthy holiday recipes from appetizers to desserts…all made with love from our kitchens to yours.

Each day this week, stop by the blogs listed below for a new recipe!

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Each day there will be a new GIVEAWAY hosted at each blog. Enter one or all, it’s up to you!

So let’s get this party started, shall we?

As any party-goer knows, before you even show up at the party you have to think about what you’ll bring for a hostess gift, right? There’s nothing more thoughtful than a homemade edible gift, especially when it’s super healthy. Who could resist these mouthwatering Figgy Cocoa Wedges?

These bittersweet soft chocolate cookies are flecked with sweet and earthy Black Mission figs. With a cup of warm tea or coffee, they are simply irresistible. They hold their soft texture (without falling apart) for days at room temperature, so they make a lovely hostess gift. Try packaging them up with a box of tea and a unique mug for a gift that will be remembered long after the party is over.

If you’d like to make these treats ahead of time to stash in the freezer, go right ahead. They hold up like a pro. Keep them tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. (Any longer than that and I find that cookies begin to taste stale.)

For the person who has everything, you just can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you? (You might also like to try my Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Balls.)

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The Giveaway

UPDATE 12/17: This giveaway is now closed.

With my cookbook, Super Healthy Cookies,  to guide you, you can give delicious and nutritious gifts all year long! Enter for your chance to win a signed copy. Just do one or all of the following:

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Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada until 12:00 pm CST on December 17, 2012. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email that they have won. Good luck!

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And don’t forget to hop around to the other blogs this week for an amazing allergy-friendly holiday meal. Stay connected with me on Facebook and Twitter, where I’ll be sharing the links to all of the delicious eats throughout the week!

 

Figgy Cocoa Wedges

Makes 16 wedges | Sweetness: Medium

 

1/2 cup dried Black mission figs, stems removed

1  3/4 cup (168 grams) blanched almond flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the figs in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, olive oil, honey, and applesauce. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir to form a thick dough.

Drain the figs well and chop them into small pieces. Stir the chopped figs into the dough. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a disk. Roll 1 disk between 2 sheets of parchment paper into a circle about 1/4-inch thick. Cut the circle into 8 wedges. Using a wire spatula or pie server, carefully transfer the wedges to one of the parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart . (If the dough is very soft and does not transfer easily, freeze the circle of rolled out dough for 5-10 minutes, then make the transfer.) Repeat with the remaining disk of dough, transferring the wedges to the other parchment-lined baking sheet.

Freeze the wedges on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes (or refrigerate for 20 minutes). Transfer the sheets directly from the freezer into the oven. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until just firm to the touch, rotating the sheets once halfway through. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Comments

  1. I would have to say that giving out my candy cane macaroons this year is going to be fun. But really, anything baked is always well received.

  2. My favourite edible gift to giveaway is…homemade liquors, raw chocolate truffles, and homemade jam <3

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  3. I already like Daily Bites on Facebook!

  4. Since we are gluten free, we can no longer partake in the treats given by neighbors. But the BEST treat we got from neighbors over the holidays was Kolaches!!!

  5. I now follow you on twitter!

  6. These look delightful. Love that you made them into wedges – how different and yet so simple! :)

  7. Just went to a holiday cookie party and gave the hostess your book and the frozen Peppermint Patties. Delicious! Can’t wait to make these wedges. You’ve been a holiday life saver.

  8. I tweeted about your giveaway, too! @gfcakemom

  9. My favorite is always something with fruit in it but anything homemade that’s good for you is always loved and appreciated.

  10. I love giving and receiving cookies!

  11. I love nuts and seeds that have been roasted with unique flavourings.

  12. chocolate anything, I’m afraid!

  13. My mom’s hot cocoa mix is one of my favorite things to get in my stocking.

  14. Favorite edible gifts to give – homemade jam, bread, or dark chocolate confections.

  15. I like to receive chocolate! And I hope to win your book.
    Thanks

  16. Chocolate, for sure. Or maybe healthy cookies! :)

  17. Following you on Twitter!

  18. Posted on Facebook.

  19. My favorite is always something with fruit. I’m new to GF DF and I’ve made an apple crisp with quinoa that was good. I need to get your book so I can have some more recipes to try!

  20. Edible gifts are truly the best! Anything prepared with someone’s precious time is truly a blessing. :)

    My favorite to share with others include ingredients which I have grown myself : black currant scones with vegan lemon nasturtium confetti butter, home canned salsa or dilly beans, hot pepper infused vodka for bloody mary’s…

  21. Christina Perucci said on December 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Love my mother-in-law’s sour cherry & raspberry jam! (I pinned this post and liked you on FB)

  22. My Favorite is Peppernuts. My Great-Grandmothers Recipe with a few changes. We often made them together as a family on Christmas Eve when I was little and I like to carry on the Tradition as much as possible! Fun to Make and Give as Gifts!

  23. Any homemade treat is always appreciated! I like to give out biscotti or chocolate bark because they last long, and I love to receive shortbread!

  24. I also follow you on twitter (@vanilla_nspice)

  25. I loved these mini vanilla and lavender cupcakes, but the bakery closed. AWWWWWWWWW

  26. Jodi Castallo said on December 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Cookie and healthy what could be better!

  27. Jodi Castallo said on December 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I already follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook!

  28. Jodi Castallo said on December 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Sorry I answered the wrong question we love giving away homemade mustard and vinegar!

  29. My favorite gift to give and make especially this time of year is homemade gluten-free Christmas Cookies.

  30. My favorite gifts to give and receive are fruits, nuts, and coffees/teas.

  31. Following on twitter

  32. “Liked” and shared on Facebook

  33. Tweeted

  34. Pinned on Pinterest

  35. My favorite thing to give is something healthy and delicious. I hate to give out things I wouldn’t eat myself. I love to recieve the same!

  36. My favorite edible gift to give is fresh, warm loaves of bread! :)

  37. One year I gave away homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa mix in jars. That was fun. I love getting toffee and am thinking about trying to make it this year dairy free. Thanks!

  38. I already like Daily Bites on Facebook. :)

  39. Love to give and get homemade granola, yum!

  40. Lately, my favorite food gift to give/receive is a flourless chocolate cake from A HOMEMADE LIFE by Molly Wisenberg. I use GF flour for the 1 TBS (ok… not totally flourless!) Yummy!

  41. Pinned and posted! (Pinterest and Facebook)

  42. Liked on Facebook!

  43. One year my husband and I made TONS of biscotti and mailed them to many friends all over the country!

  44. We share gf, df, sf goodies with our neighbors every St. Nicholas Day. This year the gift bags included strawberry cupcakes, mini pumpkin cupcakes with maple frosting, mini pumpkin donuts and spritz cookies. The spritz cookies were my favorite and loved by all!

  45. I shared this post on fb! Thanks for the awesome recipe (can’t wait to try it) and the giveaway!

  46. I love to give mangoes when they are looking so delicous! I also love giving manadarine oranges with the stem and leaves still on. They are so juicy and sweet and with the stem and leaves on them they look very festive and fresh!

  47. I already like Daily Bites on fb!

  48. I would have to say that my favorite thing to recieve is pumpkin bread/muffins/cookies. I love holiday spices, and anything with pumpkin in it is heavenly…
    Also shared this on Facebook!

  49. My favorite treat to give is gingerbread cookies.

  50. I liked Daily Bites on facebook!

  51. I love giving cookies, and to be more specific, biscotti. My cranberry biscotti drizzled with white chocolate are so festive!

  52. Gotta be dark chocolate fudge~

  53. (I am on Santa’s naughty list!)

  54. I like to make fudge to give as gifts.

  55. I love making frosted sugar cookies! They’re so festive and remind me of being a kid.

  56. My family can’t wait to eat my home-made chocolate mint candy every year. But your book might have me making something else….

  57. Michelle H said on December 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    My gift to give is homemade Lemoncello, to get as a kid were these fabulous rolls stuffed with sauerkraut and sausage! Delicious!

  58. My favorite baked GIFT right now would have to be gluten free bread! Many of my friends are gluten free and I’ve found a fab recipe!

  59. My favorite gift to give is hot cocoa mix. I miss it since it doesn’t meet our dietary restrictions any more. I started giving homemade pancake mix. I see others like biscotti. Maybe I’ll try that. Thank you for the contest and recipes.

  60. I follow you on Facebook and shared this giveaway!

  61. I follow you on Pinterest and shared this giveaway!

  62. I follow you onTwitter and shared this giveaway!

  63. Awesome! I love figs! Would be so fun to win this.

  64. My favorite edible treat to give is Carob Bark! It’s kind of like a chocolate bar but one that I can enjoy because it’s GF, Dairy-Free & Sugar Free! You just coconut oil (in liquid form) add carob powder, vanilla extract (alcohol free), chopped almonds and a pinch of stevia. Mix together, pop it in the freezer and then break apart when ready to enjoy! So so delicious!

  65. I have already liked Daily Bites on FB!

  66. Favorite edible gift: ANYTHING chocolate!

  67. I liked you on facebook! Looking forward to your posts!

  68. I already follow on FB and I posted the link. I might commit a cardinal sin and use dates instead of figs!

  69. My favorite edible gift to receive would have to be homemade maple walnut fudge. Thanks Hallie for this great blog and this awesome giveaway!

  70. I love giving spiced nuts or decadent flavoured nut butters :)

  71. My favorite edible gift to give is cookies! Going to make more tomorrow. Will be fourth kind for Christmas giving.

  72. Awesome recipe Hallie! I’d love to try these, especially for my Naturopath. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect treat for him and his family. Great giveaway too ;)

  73. Wow! I’d love a copy, Hallie!! Your recipes are always so creatively healthy, and I’m sure I’d have to try every single one in the book! haha….I’m always up for an excuse to make cookies! :)

  74. My favorite edible gift is homemade jam…love it love it love…a close second would have to be gingersnaps

  75. I love to give fudge….dairy free of course! Would love your book!

  76. I like to give or receive anything that’s delicious and healthy…and if its chocolate, that’s a nice bonus. Would love to win this book!

  77. I shared this on Pinterest, too!

  78. Mmmm…We love FIGS! will be trying these right away! I love giving away all sorts of gluten free baking…as well as my homemade dill pickles!!

  79. These look divine! I’m a sucker for chocolate and for figs, and in fact have some beautiful dried figs in my fridge at the moment. I think I have my weekend recipe here. :-)

    One of my favorite gifts is spiced nuts packed into cute mason jars with ribbons, fabric, etc.

  80. I love holiday cookies, but sadly have not gotten any since I went GF:(

  81. My favorite edible gift to receive is Theo Chocolate, particularly the Sea Salt Dark. It’s so yummy and not full of a bunch of garbage – just pure ingredients. Mmmm. Chocolate.

    I pinned this post too! I got Super Healthy Cookies just before Halloween and it is amazing and would make an awesome gift.

  82. I love any gift from a friend, but if it’s healthy (without added starches, gluten free and preferably vegan) than I’m over the moon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Shared on FB!

  84. Liked on FB!

  85. At Christmas, my most requested gifts are candy cane bark, and chocolate, hazelnut, mocha sauce.

  86. Cut out cookies!

  87. My favorite edible gift to give AND receive is definitely chocolate – in any form!

    Love your blog! I think I’ll just work through all of your recipes one by one. My kids refer to it as that blog with all the yummy stuff. :)

  88. I already have your fabulous cookie book, but had to leave a comment just to say “YUM”! Those fig bars look delicious! I’ll be making those right away!

  89. My favorite edible gift to give away is a tray filled of homemade Christmas cookies!!

  90. Liked on facebook!

  91. Patty Calvano said on December 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Hallie,
    I am now following you on Twitter. I love anything with chocolate and fruit together!

  92. My favorite edible holiday gift to give is chocolate.

  93. I Like Daily Bites on Facebook.

  94. My favorite is to bake many different kinds of cookies (peanut butter, sugar cookies, gingerbread, and more) and give them away to friends, family, and neighbors!

  95. my favourite gift to give and receive is cookies. Since I was a teenager that has been my gift of choice… LOVE them…

  96. also like you on FB.

  97. I have previously liked Daily Bites on Facebook.

  98. One of my favorite gifts to give or receive is FUDGE!

  99. Any baked goods that are suitable for me to have with my dietary restrictions. Definitely a treat!

  100. These sound delish! I totally need some chewy chocolate cookies in my life right now. Quick question – are the figs dried or fresh? I am assuming dried but just want to be sure. Thanks!

  101. Cara: Great question! They are dried. I have updated the recipe to reflect this. :)

  102. Susan in Salida said on December 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I like to give out my mom’s pumpkin bread. With dairy, gluten and grain sensitivities, I much prefer to give than receive. :-)

  103. I love peppermint bark!

  104. One of my favorite to give is sea salt cinnamon caramels that I make each year!

  105. I already Like Daily Bites on FB!

  106. I follow Daily Bites on FB.

  107. Homemade dairy free hot chocolate is a lovely gift. :-)

  108. I love giving quick breads for the holidays because they can be frozen or enjoyed fresh. I also give jars of jam or jelly that I make during summer.

  109. So excited to try this recipe!

  110. Stephanie S. said on December 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    My favorite edible gift is gingerbread!

  111. Stephanie S. said on December 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I like Daily Bites on FB.

  112. Stephanie S. said on December 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I shared this post via FB.

  113. I often give peanut butter fudge because it’s requested around holidays. My favorite edible gifts to receive is anything tasty that’s gluten-dairy-and chocolate free. If it’s free of all of that, it shows someone who knows me well and really cares about the gift they give. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  114. I’ve liked Daily Bites on FB.

  115. Nanci Spurgin said on December 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I already am a follower and will repost this on my facebook page. I would like nothing better than to receive a gift of homemade gluten free goodies! I find it is hard to keep my family stocked with treats LOL!

  116. I love receiving an assortment of homebaked cookies.

  117. Casandra F. said on December 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am looking forward to giving my homemade vanilla this year in cute little bottles with the attached caps. Love to entertain and these help a lot. Thanks

  118. I love to receive sugar cookies, but now I’m gluten free so they won’t be anymore! :)

  119. I liked you on Facebook.

  120. Melissa Maximnuk said on December 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I started making homemade vanilla extract with lace around the bottle necks :)…I love receiving chocolate! :)

  121. Melissa Maximnuk said on December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I shared this post via facebook and liked it on facebook, too! :)

  122. My favourite edible gift is maple popcorn!
    Great site I visit often, would love a copy of your book, its currently on my amazon wish list.

  123. Shared this post on Facebook.

  124. My favourite edible gifts: anything that is sweet! I am especially fond of anything that has chocolate. Or caramel. Or coconut. Or…. (you see where this is going?)

  125. My favorite edible gift to give is to give quick breads. I have been baking and freezing for the past week so we can pull them out and take as we go. Easy squeezy!

  126. I love receiving & giving biscotti! For some reason it always tastes better this way!

  127. My favorite edible gift is a jar full of all the ingrediets to make a great soup. Just add liquid.

  128. My favorite edible gift to receive is spiced or candied nuts.

  129. My favorite edible gift to receive is anything my whole family can eat — no gluten, no dairy, no soy. . .you get the picture. That’s a pretty rare treat in our circle.

  130. I love the fact that these will freeze. This can be adapted for Candida Diet so easy.. Thank you

  131. Kelly Cianci said on December 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Following on Twitter and cant wait to dive into your blog! <3

  132. I love to gift cookies or chocolate dipped pretzels.

  133. I like your FB page.

  134. My favorite thing to give is a tin of our Gluten-Free cookies.

  135. I now follow you on Twitter

  136. Cookies or any kind of chocolate.

  137. I’ve yet to actually gift anything edible, but this year I plan on giving some tins of chocolate biscotti and a special Christmas toffee recipe from a friend. :) I love receiving anything with chocolate…. preferably just dark chocolate squares. <3
    I liked your page on Facebook!

  138. Jen Harrell said on December 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My two favorite edible gifts to give are herbal teas with local raw honey or a small potted Rosemary bush. My favorite edible gift I have received is from my good friend – every year she makes me a tin of spiced mixed nuts – YUM!

  139. My fave gift to give would have to be granola. I whip up a big batch and put in mason jars or cute Christmas boxes- great hostess gift and a healthier option! To receive, I have a weakness for chocolate-any kind:)

  140. Rebecca H. said on December 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My favorite thing to receive is Lindt chocolate truffles or salted chocolate caramels! I also love surprising people with their favorite holiday treats! I also follow you on twitter.

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