Sweet gluten-free sugar cookies with strawberry cream filling. Make them extra delicious by dipping in dark chocolate. A perfect low carb Valentine’s treat.
My kids love to help me brainstorm recipe ideas for All Day I Dream About Food. Being young kids with rather vivid imaginations, they suggest some pretty outlandish creations and I simply have to smile and nod and say “that’s a great idea, honey”. Because being young kids with rather vivid imaginations, they are onto the next thing in a matter of moments and I know I will never actually have to make the Raspberry Peppermint Peanut Butter Brownie Pancake Sundaes of their dreams. But every so often, an idea is worthy of consideration. These low carb sandwich cookies with a strawberry cream filling are the result of one such idea.
My towheaded middle child, my little doppleganger, suggested strawberry cookies quite some time ago. The problem is that I really don’t like cooked strawberries in any form, so I resisted letting this idea come to fruition. But she resembles me in so many ways and one of these shared traits is perseverance. She can be dogged when she really wants something, and she couldn’t let go of the idea of strawberry cookies. And I couldn’t let go of my distaste for the mushy texture and sickly sweet taste of strawberries in baked goods. I had to mull it over for a good long while to come up with a recipe that would satisfy both of us.
I knew I did not want chunks of berries in my cookies, no way, no how. So I began to consider a sugar cookie with some sort of strawberry flavoured icing. And then Valentine’s recipes started to fill the pages of all websites I frequent and my daughter was peeking over my shoulder one day. She pointed out some sort of heart-shaped sandwich cookie and it clicked. Why not a strawberry flavoured cream cheese filling between two heart-shaped sugar-free sugar cookies? And why not dip them in a little chocolate too, because hey, it’s Valentine’s Day? The best of all possible scenarios.
I let the kids assemble some of the cookies, which meant crumbs and frosting everywhere. But they adore helping me in the kitchen so I figured it was worth the extra clean up. The cookies got a huge thumbs up from everyone, including this cooked-strawberry hater. I think the tanginess of the cream cheese helped cut the sickly sweet flavour of the cooked berries. And the dark chocolate coating didn’t hurt either!