A Recipe: Nonna's Cookies Redone

So, this may not seem like that big of a deal to all of you, but Nonna's Cookies are a bit of a treasure around the Picone households. My Nonna used to have bags and bags of these cookies stacked in her freezer. Dominic and I would walk to her house in the mornings to have these cookies in a bowl of chocolate milk as kids (and as we got older, a bowl of coffee). We would take these cookies to school as snacks, and when I was in high school and could eat whatever I wanted with no consquence to my thighs, I would smash these cookies up in a bowl of ice cream with a scoop of peanut butter. (Who AM I?!) I feel like I should also clarify that these aren't so much a cookie as they are a scone, but for some reason they are known around our house ascookies, so cookies they shall remain.

When Nonna passed away, it became my responsibility (and pleasure) to continue the making of these cookies and according to Nonno, I make them just like her. (And trust me, the man is sweet but hard to please, so when he's pleased with your cooking you've won.)

Recently, Brighton discovered the joy of Nonna's cookies and I couldn't help but feeling like I needed to make a healthier version. BLASPHEMY. I know. But when it comes to my baby girl, I felt like all the sugar and unhealthy oils was just a bad idea. So I decided to see if I could make these cookies healthier. Now let's be real, cookies are still cookies. And nothing will ever taste as good as something filled with refined sugars and melted butter. But hey, it's worth a shot. So as I was looking through my pantry I noticed coconut oil and flaxseed meal and I wondered if I could replace all the butter and vegetable oil with coconut oil and then remove some flour and replace with flaxseed meal. So I did, and you guys, they taste amazing! Still that wonderful, nostalgic, sweet treat, but with a little less guilt. Just a little ;) So these cookies are now officially dairy free and maybe someday I can bring myself to figure out a solid gluten-free recipe so I can eat them without regretting it. (Enter Digize.)

So here they are ladies and gents. P.s. Don't ever show these to my Nonno. This is probably just as bad as when I left Catholic Church and started going to a "non-denom". 


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 3/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flaxseed meal, flour, and baking powder. Mix eggs, and pour in vanilla, melted coconut oil, and sugar. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. The dough should be moderately stiff. So, still moist, but will hold its shape when you roll into a round cookie. 

Form cookies in round balls by hand. Bake for around 15 minutes or until bottoms are just golden. Dip that goodness in coffee for breakfast, enjoy it as a snack, take in all the glory of this yummy cookie.