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hearty marzipan-ish cookies

…I am not good at naming foods, so let me know if you come up with a better name for these cookies. They reminded me of marzipan, and my love for marzipan has been well-documented on this blog  (here and here). These cookies also have some good nutrition going on, with the multi-grain-ness and flax (hi, fiber and omega 3s!). And of course they are yummy, or I wouldn’t be telling you about them!

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (I used a combination of the two)
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • cinnamon to taste
  • splash of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • nuts or seeds or (c)raisins or…

Combine the first four ingredients, then mix in the almond flour, ground flax seed, flour, and cinnamon. I needed to add a splash of almond milk to make the dough moist enough to stick together. Finally, mix in the oats and nuts. Take ~1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Place each dough ball on a cookie sheet and gently flatten. Bake for ~10 minutes at 325ºF. Makes ~24 hearty cookies.

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tallinn

I definitely recommend visiting Tallinn, Estonia. The Old Town of Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is amazingly well preserved. We loved wandering around and getting lost in the winding little cobblestone streets, surrounded by lovely 13th-17th century buildings. You can really imagine midieval life there. We even stayed in a fantastic hotel that was originally a 14th century merchant’s house (Viru Inn)!

Town Hall Square

Town Hall

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

St. Olaf Church

view of Old Town Tallinn from St. Olaf Church tower

view from the city wall (with a little rainbow!)

Kadriorg Palace

adorable marzipan treat from the Kalev Museum of Sweets

And of course we found some great restaurants in Tallinn, too!

We had dinner at African Kitchen (located in Old Town at Uus 32/34). They had a large vegetarian selection, and we both enjoyed our meals.

dinner at African Kitchen

Maitsev & Tervislik is a vegetarian restaurant just outside of Old Town, at Narva mnt 6. We had the lunch buffet there, and it was great! They also had a small bakery section which I was too full to sample after eating my delicious lunch. I believe they close at 6:00, so if you want to grab dinner there, it will have to be an early one.

lunch at Maitsev & Tervislik

We also had dinner at Maharaja, an Indian restaurant, which is right in the Town Hall Square in Old Town (Raekoja plats 13). Maharaja has lots of nice outdoor seating on the Town Hall Square, and the food is very good.

dark chocolate-covered marzipan

I think I just discovered the best thing ever…Marzipan Ritter Sport!

It’s dark chocolate-covered marzipan, and it’s sooo delicious! And it’s vegan, too!