Paleo Hazelnut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Paleo Hazelnut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Paleo Hazelnut Butter Sandwich Cookies

So you may have noticed that there is no recipe accompanying these delicious looking Hazelnut Butter Cookie Sandwiches. You’re probably thinking what the
H.E.double hockey sticks, what’s going on? Well there is a reason for this, I promise. And that reason is: Oh my gosh did you finish watching Season 2 of Orange is the New Black? It was so good! The Season Finale was the best, right?!

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I kid…I kid! Okay the real reason there is no recipe included in today’s blog post is because: I’M WRITING A COOKBOOK!!! Eek! All the contracts have been signed, all the immediate panic and self-doubt has subsided, and all of my recipe ideas are in a little pink college ruled notebook that never leaves my side. And also in my iPhone. It’s totally full of rando notes that I leave myself about the book, whether it be recipe names, weird recipe ideas from my burnout friends, or shopping lists. It’s quite handy. There isn’t enough room in my brain to store all that info.

So basically the book is going to consist of 125-150 paleo-inspiried recipes, both sweet and savory, including these little hazelnut gems, just for you guys. I will be sure to have recipes in it that are for everyone, from nut-free and dairy-free, to egg-free. There will also be recipes that are Primal (include high-quality dairy) and recipes that are more gluten-free than actual Paleo. I really want this book to have something for everyone and be all encompassing. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. Can you tell? You totally can’t right? I thought so.

So far the book has been a ton of work. It’s like I have two full time jobs, my real day job that I work at from 8am-5pm, then I get to go to the gym for an hour, and then it’s straight home to baking. I get in bed about 11:30pm and do it all over again the next day. I try to take Sundays as my day off, but then I wake up thinking about cookies and ganache and then I get up and end up working anyway. It’s a labor of love I guess, no rest for the wicked. It took me 8 times to get my Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for the book just right. I went through 16 bags of chocolate chips and 10 pounds of almond flour in one week. ONE. WEEK. I want this book to be perfect!

Over the next few months it’s going to be really hard to get non-book recipes out to you guys, but I promise you I will try my best. Hang in there. I’m only one person, with a full-time day job in addition to the blog, I don’t have a team of assistants, so I can’t delegate work or recipe development. I’m just one gal wearing an ugly apron and working in a tiny kitchen with no dishwasher, knives that haven’t been sharp for 10 years, and an oven with major hot spots that has crooked burners on the left side. I will definitely be updating you guys on the cookbook process and sharing teaser shots on social media, so if you don’t already, be sure to follow me for behind the scenes action. You guys are why I do this. Without you none of this would be possible, you have my undying love and sincere thanks for helping to make this dream come true. I never thought in a million years when I first started this blog that one day I would be writing a cookbook. I also want to thank my fellow bloggers. I have only succeeded as a Paleo food blogger because I’ve had the support of other great Paleo food bloggers. Okay are we done being sappy yet? I know, geeze.

Look for Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind the book on shelves September 2015!

Hazelnut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Vanessa Barajas
Vanessa Barajas


  1. Wow…those cookies look sooo good:) Congrats on your book!

    • Thank you so much! I am beyond thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity! And the cookies are really good! They have the consistency of a Nilla wafer. 😉 The chocolate is my favorite part though. Haha. I will also be using them in a Banana Cream Pudding recipe!

  2. This is exciting news, that I have been wanting to hear for a long time!! When?? and Congrats!

  3. Congratulations!! That is such exciting news! I know your book will be AMAZING! I would be happy to review it and test out recipes when the times comes! 😉

  4. BEST NEWS EVER!! I’m so excited for you and all the lucky ducks who will be able to cook from your masterpiece next fall!

  5. theveganmuffinwoman Says: June 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Mmm, those look great!

  6. Can’t wait to buy your book, congratulations!

  7. Ok, so I’ve been subscribed to your newsletter for a little while, and the one thing that keeps going through my head? (Well, besides YUM) “Why the heck doesn’t this girl have a cookbook for her beautiful recipes and amazing food styling/photography? Surely some savvy publisher out there can see the potential??” Soooo happy you are going to delight us with a book! I love the digital age, but I’m an old fashioned girl at heart – nothing beats a book you can hold and love and drool on. I shall await your creation with bated breath

    • I’m blushing! What amazing compliments Cindy! I’m so excited that you are excited, it means so much to me! I hope that it’s just perfect for you. I will keep you in the loop on pre-order sales and such! :)

      • Looking forward to the updates! I’m sure your book will be a great success, you deserve it

      • Thank you for the kind words! I’m seriously so lucky to have such great readers! It’s so inspiring, you guys make it all worth it. Even when I’m covered head to toe in almond flour and chocolate. :)

  8. Woohoo! Go you! Dancing a wee jig on your behalf here in Syders…

    Vanessa is going to be a globally FAMOUS cookbook queen (and that’s true, because I will personally make it happen in my wee corner of the globe!) So excited for you, my blogging buddy. How fabulous.

    Can I please put my hand up for a SIGNED copy, come September 2015?

    • TSL! Can you believe it?! I wake up in the middle of the night having nightmares about burnt cookies and bad marshmallows! Of course I will personally send you a hand signed copy, duh! You’re my blog buddy for life and you’ve been with be from the beginning! How is everything down under? Maybe I could convince my publisher I need to do book signings in Sydney? 😉

  9. Can’t wait to see your book in print! If you need any recipe testers, let me know.

  10. Oh my goodness Vanessa, that’s amazing!! Congratulations!!! I just knew this would happen for you eventually :)

  11. ahhh so delicious!

  12. Yay! Vanessa that is so exciting! Congratulations! I can’t wait to get that cookbook the second it comes out, I know it will be amazing! Can’t wait to see what you cook up!

  13. Melissa M Says: July 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I am so excited for you….well, and for me because I will be buying your cookbook! I was bummed there wasn’t a recipe with these amazing looking cookies! I saw you at Paleo f(x) and loved watching your cooking demo with Juli B. If you need a recipe tester I will be knocking people down to be first in line!!!

  14. I know I haven’t been round these parts in a while, but what a lovely thing to see on my return! CONGRATS! You deserve it :)

  15. Hi Vanessa,

    Good for you! I know the very best for you and your cookbook! Congratulations!! Marcia

  16. Jessica Says: July 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Good luck!!! Your recipes are always fantastic!

    • Thanks Jessica! It really means a lot! It helps me not have kitchen meltdowns when I hear stuff like this! Hahaha that should be a new reality show, Kitchen Meltdowns! ha!

  17. Marlain Says: July 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! I’ll be 1st in line as I love all of your recipes!!!!!!

    • Thank you! That’s so awesome!!! I’m so excited to get an actual book out to my readers! Then people can’t complain about the lack of printing function. Hahaha 😉 Thank you again for your support, I really appreciate it. :)

  18. Congrats Vanessa! I just recently discovered your blog and I have to say you are the queen of paleo desserts! I also run a paleo recipe blog and would be thrilled if you stopped by!


  19. Hi Vanessa. I hope you are doing fantastic on your cookbook. I know you have been super busy and I am proud of you. I just wanted to drop a line letting you know your funky personality & amazing recipes are missed. I wish you the best and will continue to check back here. Knock em dead lady!

    • Siobhan, this is such a special comment to me! Thank you so much for leaving it. I’m happy to report the book is going very well so far. It’s SO much work, but I know it will be worth it and I’m sure you guys will love every single recipe. I’m making them just perfect for you guys! I haven’t forgotten about the blog, I promise! I have some things on the horizon so stay tuned. :) Thanks so much for your support I truly appreciate it SO much!

  20. Hey Vanessa! I second Siobhan’s sentiments. I check the blog weekly and just wanted to make sure everything was okay. Luckily it seems you’re just busy with the book… can’t wait! :)

  21. […] out her newest cookies she just made. If you haven’t heard already, Vanessa is writing her first cookbook and it’s going to be crazy insane awesome. I’ve been lucky enough to try a ton of […]

  22. QueenJellyBean Says: September 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I so knew it! Based on the light frequency of recipe postings on your blog vs. how hard you work at your craft in the kitchen, it only added up. So congratulations!! And congratulations to me for winning 1st place in the company baking contest w a chocolate lava cake based on your CEWADM blog posting! Hooray for both of us!!!

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