Guava. Mmmmm. Growing up in Miami and coming from a Venezuelan family, guava was always something I grew up with. A typical breakfast for me growing up was toast with butter and guava jam. I was always surrounded by guava delicacies here in Miami. These cookies provide a taste of the tropics and my heritage without all the added sugar!
On a side note, I unfortunately was not able to find guava paste without added sugar so the guava does contain a little bit of sugar. However, the cookies themselves are only sweetened with Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener which has a zero glycemic index. I will be on the hunt for guava paste with no added sugar for the future! In any case these cookies contain far less sugar than any regular jam filled shortbread cookie! They are also grain free and can be dairy free if grass fed ghee is used instead of grass fed butter.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and these cookies are the perfect recipe to celebrate with friends or your special someone. Or just make them for yourself like I did. I may have eaten all of these mostly by myself. Guava is my favorite!
RECIPE (makes around 60 cookies)
1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted grass-fed butter (Room Temperature)
Guava Paste (1 packet) – can also use guava jam instead
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pasture-raised egg yolk
1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit Golden Sweetener
2 1/2 cups of Almond Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Using the flat blade on a stand up mixer, beat the butter and Lakanto sweetener on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Next mix in the egg yolk and the vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate the almond flour and the salt at low-medium speed until a ball of dough forms. And voila the dough is all done! Make half inch balls and then flatten with your thumb in order to create an indent. Once you have prepared all the cookies, cut the guava paste into 1/4 inch squares and place into the holes on the cookies. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool before removing the cookies from the tray. Almond flour cookies tend to crumble if removed before they are fully cooled. In addition, cooling lets the guava paste set.