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DIY Kitchen: paleo cookie dough

2014 April 7
by Rachel Turiel

1. Sing out: dinner’s ready! Wonder how it is that Rose was needlingly hungry for past hour though now is overtaken by singular need to shove stiff, angular limbs of Barbies into tiny garments. Sigh loudly and passive-aggressively.

2. Notice that everyone has a slightly different plate of food. Recall recent conversation between houseful of 7 kids, each stating the precise way they did and didn’t like eggs cooked, as opinionated as small congresspeople. Wonder if this is American phenomenon.

3. Watch how kids maintain place at the table with one butt cheek in chair, knees up and down like knobby accordions, feet searching for land. Breathe deeply. Try to focus on taste sensation of elk sausage, roasted every vegetable.

4. Try for-real to listen to Col’s explanation of how jet engines are like…what is he talking about? Batteries? Solar powered commuter planes? Wonder if he’s actual genius or totally off his rocker.

5. Feel wave of gratitude towards Dan who says gently to Rose, “I really want to hear what you have to say, but right now I’m listening to your brother. One way to know you’ll get my full attention is to see how I’m giving that to Col when he speaks.” Also, feel wave of self-congratulations, certain Dan’s learned kind, patient style from me.

6. Wonder how dinners will be when kids have left home. Feel slight longing followed by terror.

7. Slice up avocados for all, except Col, who would rather eat liver and mushrooms, who actually likes liver and mushrooms. Wonder what will happen if the global marketplace breaks down and we can no longer purchase $1 avocados.

8. Check clock. One hour until bedtime. Feel relief, then guilt about relief. Relief wins, even as I know that a powerful wave of nostalgia/guilt/love/longing/satisfaction about raising kids will hit once they’re sleeping.

9. Feel just the tiniest bit still hungry.

10. Assemble ingredients for paleo cookie dough, wondering if it would still taste good if I remembered what a brownie tasted like.

10. Sit back at table. Spoon cookie dough into mouth. Feel Rose’s feet in lap. Col still monologuing about jet engines. Notice how bright his eyes are. Decide that passion trumps accuracy, at least when you’re nine. Feel benevolent and grateful for these people, this life.

cookie dough

Paleo Cookie Dough

(disclosure: I’ve never actually followed a recipe with this cookie dough and it’s always perfect).


1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 1/2 TBSP sunflower seed butter (or any nut butter)

1 TBSP coconut oil (room temp – softened)

sprinkle of salt

small handful of raisins (or dried cranberries, or go crazy and add chocolate chips)

plenty of imagination


This is not to be baked. Mix and eat with a spoon.

I actually need someone to make this and report back on whether I am kitchen genius or off my rocker.

15 Responses leave one →
  1. Nasha permalink
    April 8, 2014

    Can I be a fly on the wall of your house sometime???? Awesome! And, that cookie dough recipe…yummers.

  2. Andrea permalink
    April 8, 2014

    i am certain that no one is off their rockers.

  3. April 8, 2014

    Oh man! You are one hell of a writer! Totally gets you when you say: One hour until bedtime. Feel relief, then guilt about relief. Relief wins, even as I know that a powerful wave of nostalgia/guilt/love/longing/satisfaction for the kids will hit once they’re sleeping.

    Yep! I know that feeling!

  4. nan permalink
    April 8, 2014

    GENIUS!!!! Just tried this, I had all the ingredients on hand except I used almond butter. Love it . Thank-you for sharing the recipe.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      April 8, 2014

      Awesome! At least there’s two of us.

  5. Sara Parks permalink
    April 8, 2014

    Hey, there. Made the recipe and it rocked. Coconut butter totally melted in mouth while coconut crunchies were well, nice and crunchie. Good stuff, man. Thanks.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      April 8, 2014

      Yes! The coconut oil gives it sort of a candy coating feel. I don’t think I’m stretching too far here.

    • Sara Parks permalink
      April 8, 2014

      Oh, and I had it for breakfast. :)

  6. April 8, 2014

    Jeez, what a warm and friendly recipe! My favourite step is # 5 (I wonder what my childhood would have been like with parents like you and Dan…)

    Also, I wonder for the forty-seventh time if there is actually something wrong with me, since a single tablespoon of this delicious paleo dough would have the same effect on me as a whole birthday cake on one kid ;o)

    But baking helps! I made Paleo banana bread (from Civilized Caveman’s website) several times, using only half the fat and two more eggs, and voila! As long as I could refrain from eating five slices in a row – I was fine! So I made it when I had guests :o)

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      April 9, 2014

      Emm, you’re just so sweet and rich to begin with, no wonder you can only handle a little.

      • April 9, 2014

        Now look who’s talking? This is just the sweetest response :o)

        I would not have thought of it that way, but on the other hand I savour most days like so many treats, to there might be something there ;o)


  7. Julia permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I love you Rach!

  8. Bree permalink
    April 9, 2014

    The way you put this post together is so completely funny. Also the recipe is right up my alley — can’t wait to try this. (We love your energy nuggets recipe :-)

  9. Lesley permalink
    April 16, 2014

    Love point number 5 – that’s genius and something I am going to use if thats okay!?

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