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Last year, my grandma hosted Christmas at her house. As part of the holiday festivities, she planned to purchase a bûche de Noël, a traditional French cake roll decorated to look like a Yule log, from a local bakery for our Christmas dinner dessert.
Because of my brother’s egg allergy, I offered to bake him whatever he wanted as his own holiday dessert, so on Christmas Eve, he sat on a barstool at my kitchen island as I pulled out mixing bowls.
“Could you make cookies?” he politely asked, intentionally trying to request something simple.
“Sure! Anything else?” I replied.
“Umm… Maybe brownies?” His eyes quickly lit up at the thought. “I haven’t had brownies in years… It’s basically impossible to find any egg-free ones where I live.”
I laughed and immediately agreed. Before reaching for flour and baking powder, I handed him a bowl and pointed out the “mix ins” section in my pantry, a shelf that held chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, and other fun things to stir into batters and doughs.
“Fill it with whatever you want in your desserts!” I declared.
A couple of hours later, dozens of freshly baked treats sat cooling on the countertops, the aroma of rich chocolate mixed with toasted nuts and a hint of cozy spices wafting through the air. As my brother took his first bite, the biggest smile broke out across his face…
So I offered to make that a new holiday tradition, where I bake him whatever eggless treats he’d like, so he can have his own special Christmas desserts!
This year, I got a head start on that holiday baking… And I’ve already mailed him a batch of these Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies! They combine the best bits of last year’s treats — perfectly portioned cookies with a super moist and chewy, almost fudgy brownie-like texture — yet they’re completely eggless and dairy-free.
These fun cookies also include three types of chocolate, so they taste incredibly decadent and rich. Nobody will ever guess they’re lightened up — or just 95 calories!