Coconut lime chickpea flour shortbread, spiced with a hint of cardamom. The cookies are grain-free, vegan, gluten-free & easy to make.
Good morning, everyone!
In my previous post, I introduced my 4-Ingredient Grain-Free, Vegan Shortbread, along with a promise: that I would share my favorite variation in a subsequent post.
So without further delay, allow me to introduce you to my favorite cookie of the season: Coconut Lime Chickpea Flour Shortbread!
Healthy Highlights of Coconut Lime Chickpea Flour Shortbread
Like my original recipe, this variation is naturally;
- Grain-Free (made with chickpea flour)
- Vegan (dairy-free & egg-free)
The cookies are a celebration of my love for shortbread and exotic flavors, all rolled up in one delectable cookie!
Ingredients for the Shortbread
The other flavors are both familiar and bold:
For added flavor and colorful decoration, I sprinkled the cookies with Indian Mukhwas (plus a drizzle of white chocolate to hold them in place)
What are Mukhwas?
Mukhwas are the colorful treat often served as you leave an Indian restaurant (you may have noticed them in a small bowl on the counter, with a scoop). Mukhwas are a mix of aromatic spices (for example, fennel seeds and bits of cinnamon bark), to aid digestion, as well as colored sugar sprinkles and perhaps a few silver dragees.
You can buy packets at Indian markets; I ordered this festive red blend online.
How to Make Coconut Lime Chickpea Flour Shortbread
To make the cookies, simply prepare the 4-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies with the additions of cardamom and finely grated lime zest to the dough. The trinity of coconut, lime and cardamom is out of this world!
Once the cookies are completely cooled, melt a small amount of white chocolate with a dab of the coconut oil. The latter adds another layer of subtle coconut flavor while also making it easier to create a fine drizzle with the white chocolate.
Drizzle one or two cookies at a time and immediately sprinkle with some of the mukhwas and a bit of lime zest. Work quickly, as the white chocolate-coconut oil drizzle sets up quickly, especially if your kitchen is cool.
I love gorgeous and festive decorations, especially when they are so easy!
Here’s my tip for making the lime zest extra-easy to apply: grate it several hours, or even up to a day, ahead of time, and keep it out at room temperature. The zest will dry out, making it easy as can be to sprinkle (sparingly) on the cookies!