What’s up? CAN YOU BELIEVE IT IS JULY?!? Where has the time gone?? Today we hiked Table Rock, and it felt like a sauna out there, and I loved it so much. Hiking to the top wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be (pretty sure I’ve never actually hiked to the top of that particular rock). We moved fast for the most part, so my heart rate was up the whole time. I kept trying to talk, and I was like “hold up, I can barely breathe.” Dunno what’s wrong with me. Coming down always sucks on your knees, but we went way slower going down because poor Dan got a huuuuuugggee (Donald voice) blister on his foot, and he ended up having to take his shoes off. He looked pretty hardcore, and literally evvvvverrrryyyone we passed was like, “No shoes, huh? That’s tough.”

 Daniel with no shoes (because he hiked the whole, almost 4 miles down that way) and the hat that Nate gave him that he wears anywhere there may be sun

Daniel with no shoes (because he hiked the whole, almost 4 miles down that way) and the hat that Nate gave him that he wears anywhere there may be sun

 top of table rock

top of table rock

 When I pretended this wasn't posed at all. I really just like the back of that Born Primitive top, that's why. 

When I pretended this wasn’t posed at all. I really just like the back of that Born Primitive top, that’s why. 

 

Anyway, we live in the land of the free, and it’s a beautiful (for the most part) land at that, so hopefully you’re able to do something fun and outdoorsy over the next couple of days. 

So, I used to always make this sugar cookie/fruit pizza thing for 4th of July, and actually Memorial Day and Veterans Day too. Turns out that I just really love cookie cake, and icing, and fruit on top, so I always looked for an excuse to make it. I don’t think I’ve made it in a couple of years, so today I decided to make a little bit better for you version of it. 

This cake is made from scratch, all “paleo” ish ingredients. The icing does have a bit of cream cheese though, so sorry about that (as in it’s mostly cream cheese). So, just a heads up, it’s not going to taste like break and bake sugar cookie + duncan hines or betty crocker icing from a can. Sorry. But I’ll lay out everything on here that you’re taking in. 

If you have fun plans on the 4th and you want a dessert alternative, try this out. 

HBD America Cookie Cake

Serves 8-10

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes (allow extra time for cake to cool)

Ingredients (for the cake):

  • honey – 2 tbsp

  • maple syrup – 1/4 cup

  • coconut oil – 1/2 cup, melted

  • 1 egg

  • apple cider vinegar – 1 tbsp

  • vanilla extract – 1 tbsp

  • almond flour – 1/2 cup

  • coconut flour – 1 cup

  • salt – 1 tsp

Ingredients (for the frosting + toppings):

  • cream cheese – 1 – 8 oz block, at room temperature. 

  • maple syrup – 1/4 cup

  • vanilla extract – 1 tbsp

  • I was tempted to add coconut sugar or stevia – (1/4 cup) but I didn’t. But if you want a sweeter version, go for it. 

  • blueberries – about 1/2 cup

  • strawberries – sliced however you want them – about 1 cup

Instructions (for the cake): 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  • On a small baking pan, cover with parchament paper and spray (we always use coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s for this).

  • Literally add in all of the above ingredients in the order listed above to a mixer. I added the almond and coconut flour slowly, while the mixer was running. If you don’t have a mixer, just add in all of the ingredients slowly, and whisk occasionally throughout the process. 

  • Your dough may be a little broken up. Make sure your hands are clean, and mold it back together. Spread to pan in the shape of a rectangle. 

  • Bake 15 minutes, but keep an eye on it. Remove if edges start to look reeealllly brown. 

  • Allow cake to cool before spreading icing and toppings. 

Instructions (for the frosting + toppings): 

  • In a mixer, or with a whisk, mix together room temp cream cheese and maple syrup.

  • Add vanilla, and then mix again. If you added the coconut sugar or stevia, add that at this time too. 

  • Add blueberries and sliced strawberries in whatever fashion you prefer. If you want a traditional flag, cool. If you want to have your fruit evenly distributed, I get that too. 

Notes: I can’t remember if I said this already or not, but this isn’t going to taste like frosting from a can and break and bake cookies. If you’re into that, then go make that.

God Bless America.