White and Black Sesame Cookies (Gluten Free, Clean Eating, Paleo) + Chinese Traditions

IMG_3021 (640x427)Every year I say that I will endeavour to write and note recipes BEFORE Chinese New Year. It doesn’t seem to happen these days. Nevertheless, if you are following my Instagram, you would have noticed that despite my lateness- it didn’t mean that I have stopped baking cookies. I did! I just didn’t document it in time!IMG_3016 (640x427)

This year, I felt the immense sense of lost as we approach my grandmother’s 2nd year death anniversary. It is also the 2nd year we are celebrating CNY without her. As we were grieving last year, we hardly thought or did any celebrations. This year though, we attempted to do some spring cleaning, filled our cookie jars with some clean cookies and even attended a lunch with friends. 

As Asher grows, I am reminded by how far removed he is from family and friends. The slight fear that culturally, his knowledge will be even more diluted than ours. While we can, we decided that there will be a few things we would do to at least let him know his roots and where his ancestry is from.

  • We attempt to teach him CNY songs and wishes. Still a little early but he did say a sentence or two!
  • My parents forwarded some lion dance puppets
  • We followed some traditions like having tossed salad, saying greetings to friends and families, and the all important red packets
  • We connected to extended family members via face time.
  • We dressed him up in red and in new clothes. 
  • We took Asher for a hair cut

In time to come we will visit our family and friends in the festive season. 

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This was one of the cookies I created for CNY. Hope you will enjoy them.

White and Black Sesame Cookies
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 2 cups of almond meal
  2. 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  3. 2 tsp black sesame powder
  4. 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
  5. optional 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  6. 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup or rice malt
  7. vanilla
  8. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  9. salt
  10. cinnamon
  11. Optional- Chocolate Drizzle
  12. Melt 2 squares of 80% cacao chocolate
  13. OR
  14. melt 2 cacao butter buttons, combine with 4-6 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp of cacao, 1 tsp of honey and vanilla. Whisk and drizzle
  1. Combine every ingredient in a bowl and mix well. Alternatively you can use the food processor. Spoon into a tbsp, pressing well together. Place on 2 cookie lined trays and bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes.
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