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By April 5, 2012December 3rd, 2020Desserts, Nutrition Education, Weight Loss

Testimony of the Day 

“I completed day 28 since switching to the Keto-Adapted lifestyle and was amazed. When I started I had a whopping 200 excess pounds to shed. Knowing the last time I was at my goal weight was 27 years ago I was terrified that this would not work for me but I have followed the program diligently and it has already paid off. I have shed 26 pounds in 28 days and am feeling better than I have in years. I am 62 years young, have multiple health issues, and have been extremely sedentary for decades. This 26 pounds have come off without exercise!

I am so encouraged as I know that I will surely shed the rest of my excess weight. Having dropped 26 pounds with no exercise or supplements to support me just think about what will happen as I add those in as part of my health care regime.

Thank you soooo much Maria for what you are doing. God Bless – KaraAnn”

Click HERE to start your journey to a keto-adapted diet!


What new habits are you starting today?

Why not take the planning out and let me handle it? I’ll even make the grocery list for you and walk you through a “virtual” grocery store visit! Click HERE to get started.


I just want to thank you all for being such a huge part of my life. I haven’t told many people, but a year ago today, Craig lost his job. This was so scary for us, considering we just adopted 2 baby boys. We didn’t think we would be able to keep our sanity!

But thanks to all of you, my boys have the best stay-at-home dad EVER! It is because of all of your support with purchasing my books and pantry items from my astore that help keeps us going. So for a thank you gift, I want to do a special giveaway, but I need your help… I am going to give away my 6-quart professional series Stand Mixer (so one lucky winner can make my protein bread REALLY easy!).

Here is where you all come in, share share share my blog and Maria Mind Body Health Facebook page. Once I hit 20,000 fans on my Facebook fan page, I will draw one lucky winner. All you have to do is be a fan to enter and the more you comment on posts, the more Craig and I will notice your name:) lol

Good Luck! Thank you… thank you …. thank you…. from Maria, Craig, Micah, and Kai!



Although I work with a lot of adult clients, I also work with a lot of kids and teens.  Here is a great testimonial about an 11-year-old boy after just 2 weeks!

“Maria, Since I started feeding my 11-year-old son a lot of your recipes, he has lost 5 pounds in one month, but he is having an easier time paying attention in school. Thank you so much! (I have lost 8 lbs. so far!) … The change in my son is amazing. He is calmer, and better able to focus. He can eat treats as long as we make them from your books or blog. He loves the chocolate flax muffins and calzones! God bless you and thank you so much. … Please feel free to share. We started eating healthy around the end of February. I had to sort of easing him into it. Also, I bought your books, kids, sweets, and savory. I figured he might be more receptive if he saw he could still have treats and still eat healthily. What is amazing is the difference in him if he eats the old processed food way. He can’t settle down, he’s like a “little wild man”. I just wish I had known about this sooner. I refused to put him on medication, and now I am so glad that I didn’t. This way is SO much better. He’s getting healthy, and it really shows! Thank you!” 


If you want to get started on a path to health for you or your kids, CLICK HERE. 🙂 


I often get questions about the cost of the ingredients I recommend. I calculated the price for my Snickerdoodle recipe with all the top-notch ingredients. The results:

My recipe is $0.35 a cookie.
Mrs. Fields Snickerdoodles are $1.40 each when you buy a 12 pack.

You can also buy ingredients in bulk and store them in a chest freezer to lower the cost even more! Eating healthy costs you a lot less in the long run due to medical bills but it can cost less now versus buying pre-packaged at the grocery store!

NOTE: Mixing sweeteners helps give a great flavor and chewy texture to the cookies.

3/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter
1/2 cup Swerve brown
1/4 cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 egg
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and natural sweeteners. Cream for a few minutes until very fluffy. In a separate bowl mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth. Add egg and mix well. Roll 2 TBS of dough into a ball in your hands (for uniform shape) onto a cookie sheet. Place cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Cool and enjoy it! Makes 12 large cookies!

Traditional Snicker-doodle = 170 calories, 11g fat, 1g protein, 25 carbs, trace fiber
“Healthified” Snicker-doodle = 125 calories, 11g fat, 2.5g protein, 5g carbs, 3.6g fiber

More Tips and Recipes like this in The Art of Healthy Eating: Kids


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Tamara says:

    Absolutely love Just Like Sugar. I tried various others but this one tastes great! It’s even better knowing its healthy too. I get mine through you link on Amazon. Thanks Maria!

  • Anonymous says:

    I want to try these and I have everything except the just like brown sugar. Is there anything I can replace the brown sugar with? I have called every place in my area that would carry this and they don’t have it. Thanks!

  • Heather McRoberts says:

    I’m in the same boat!! I don’t have just like brown sugar or just like sugar. I bought my local grocery out of swerve 🙂 so can I just use equal amounts of swerve? Thanks Maria!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I do not have the Just Like Brown Sugar either, is there a sub? I was thinking the same amount of Swerve maybe with a teaspoon of blackstrop molasses stirred in.

  • Debbie M. says:

    I have made these cookies and they are one of my favorites. I get Just Like Brown Sugar online. One day I wanted the caramel sauce and I didn’t have Just Like Sugar, but I did have the Brown Sugar so I substituted that. I liked it even better and now use it instead all the time.

  • Anonymous says:

    I will have to try these cookies. I love your chocolate chip cookie recipe. My husband is addicted to them. The just like brown sugar really makes the difference in the taste and it is good for you to.

    Dana Powers

  • Blondee says:

    Maria- I have been using Tropical Traditions to order coconut flour, I was going to order more to make these cookies and the site says it’s unavailable right now. May I ask who you use to order it through? Thank you!

  • Anonymous says:

    would the slpenda brown sugar blend
    work as a sub.

  • Tara says:

    Hi Maria, I am sorry for the trying time you’ve been through with Craig losing his job. My mom always tells me that these things that we dread in life can end up being unexpected blessings, and I am hoping that this is the case for you, with Craig now staying home and your business taking off. I love your blog—thanks for sharing your knowledge. I am going to order the Just Like Brown Sugar to make this recipe, but I wondered if you knew why it was so expensive? Is chicory root expensive? Or do you think it’s just because it is still a novel product and that it may come down in price as it becomes more mainstream?

  • Anonymous says:

    Would chickory root coffee have similar benefits? Love your books!

  • Anonymous says:

    Are we supposed to put the cinnamon in the wet mix? I did this, and the dough is cinnamon colored. Nothing like your picture. Also, mine didn’t flatten out much. We’re we supposed to flatten them to about 3/8 ” or so?

    • France says:

      You know, my baked goods are never the same colour as Maria’s! They still taste really nice (though no Just Like Brown Sugar available in this country so not sure when I’ll make this recipe. I was looking in the comments for substitutes 🙂 )

      The instructions above do say to add the cinnamon with the dry ingredients “In a separate bowl mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.” However in my experience it shouldn’t matter if you added them to the wet ingredients either, I don’t think.

      I also noticed that some cinnamon seems to be darker than others. Maybe that’s an issue with yours? I bet they were really nice though!!

    • Yes, some cinnamon can be much darker than others. That is my guess. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I have seen in your recipes you use stevia glycerite? Is this the same as NuNaturals pure white stevia powder-Extract? I am so confused on these different sugar substitute.
    Thank you for your help!

  • Ashley Woods says:

    this would be so fantastic! Do you know the cheapest place to get just like sugar? whole foods only has the shaker and it’s $10 🙁

  • Maria, I look forward to trying this recipe out for my kids. Our family really appreciates your blog and books. Your Nutritious and Delicious book was very eye opening along with Dr. Davis’ Wheat Belly. We’ve been trying to switch our family over to healthier eating. The links you provide for the harder to find ingredients have been super helpful. So a big thank you from our family to yours!

  • Amy says:

    Made these over the weekend. They were a big hit with my 5 year old and husband. Thanks for all that you do.

  • Tamara says:

    Thank you for all your great recipes! Haven’t tried this one yet. I made your chocolate flaxseed muffins this morning. I used my muffin top pan. It made 12 muffin tops. I sime batter left over so I tried out my donut panI got 12 muffin tops and 4 doughnuts. It’s so dang good! You’re right with a little all natural peanut butter tastes like Reese’s peanut butter.

  • Jennifer says:

    These look GREAT!! What a lovely testimony from the mother of the 11-year old boy.

  • Paula says:

    I don’t need another Kitchen Aide Mixer – but it looks newer than the one I now use multiple times a week! 🙂 I LOVE MINE and am glad I have one.

  • Kelly Buzan says:

    Yay! We love Snickerdoodles! I will have to order some Just Like Brown Sugar, haven’t tried it before. I am thankful every day that i found this website and your books. They have changed my life.

    I hope someday I can write a testamonial like that about my son. I am having such a difficult time changing his eating habits. He has liked all of your recipes that I’ve tried and we are all working on eating healthy foods but he wants junk all the time (I don’t give it to him but we have alot of battles over it and he talks about food constantly.) He is 23 years old but is developmentally disabled. He has Down Syndrome, Type 1 diabetes (since he was 10), hypothyroid and OCD plus other behavioral problems. He has gained a lot of weight over the past few years and it breaks my heart. I’m not giving up but it sure is a struggle. I keep hoping that eventually eating healthier will eventually sort of reprogram him to the point he doesn’t want to eat all the time and he doesn’t want junk food anymore.

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried making these last night and they did not come out at all and absolutely did not look like your picture of them. Very dissappointed!

  • Erin Krupp says:

    I love baking and I need to try this!!! I’ve been using Just Like Brown Sugar ever since because it is healthier and it has so much benefit than the white sugar. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! I hope that it would turn out good. 🙂

  • Laura Elmquist says:

    Maria I hit the gold mine when I found your website! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I don’t have a stand mixer and I was wondering, would your recipes still come out ok if I just use old fashion muscle power?

  • Hi Maria,

    I just recently found out I cannot tolerate any of the sugar alcohols. Can I substitute Just like sugar for all of your recipes. As far as I know I can still use stevia.

  • Anonymous says:

    You are such a good resource Maria…thank you for all you do! Cindi Hoag

  • Anonymous says:

    How much is a stick of butter? Does the Swerve give the cookies a cold aftertaste?

  • Anonymous says:

    Can you add cream of tartar to the recipe to get that traditional snickerdoodle taste? If so what amount and would I omit anything in place of it?

  • Angie says:

    Just baked the snicker doodle cookies to take to a friends house for dinner tomorrow. He’s diabetic and she had gastric bypass. I ate one, then another and I had to hide them or else none will be left for tomorrow’s dinner. Lol! They are so good. I couldn’t find the just like brown sugar and ordering online would take a few days, so I sub with confectioners swerve and doubled the recipe.

  • karen says:

    Mine didn’t come out crispy and they are so not like the picture. My cinnamon is ground Saigon Cinnamon from Costco but I don’t think it’s any darker than the other brands I’ve seen. When you combined the cinnamon with the flours and butter mixture, the butter mixture is already a light brownish color from the JLS brown. It’s not a light yellow-ish color as in your picture. And, I had to cook them 20 minutes not 10 but they are just too too soft.

  • Misty says:

    These are the best snicker doodles ever!! My kiddos love them too, even my husband who says he won’t eat anything made with sweeteners, he doesn’t even notice when I use your recipes!! :). Thanks for all your sharing of knowledge. I have learned so much from you Baby steps towards raising healthier kids!!

  • Lindsey S. says:

    I just went to order Just like Sugar and a couple reviews on 2 sites said that they were diabetic and the product spiked their blood sugar. Is this just because they are diabetic or maybe more sensitive to it? I want to use it but I’m afraid to spend the money if it turns out to be not good for me… Thoughts? Thank you!

    • cemmerich says:

      I have seen where it can spike blood sugar in some people (diabetic) and even kick you out of ketosis if you eat too much. It is all fiber carbs, but the carbs can still add up. I only use it in moderation in certain recipes. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    Made these cookies twice. My family and I love them. So good!

  • Julieanne says:

    I have these ready to go into the oven and am excited to try them! I was wondering, you didn’t mention greasing the cookie sheet or pan before putting the dough on it. Should we grease the sheet – or not? Thanks. 🙂 I love your recipes!

  • Judith says:

    Amazing cookies! The Just Like Sugar and almond flour/coconut flour blend are the keys to soft chewy cookies. My husband said they taste almost exactly like his Daddy’s cookies.

  • Trish Morris says:

    Hi Maria,
    So many folks comment that they need to bake things longer than you recommend. I find this, too, but recall that you cook with convection. That would make a difference in timing. Maybe you should indicate that in future recipes and as you modify old recipes. This comes so easy to you, but we struggle to get things right. I have yet to make anything with whipped eggs whites that turns out anything but flat! I will keep trying!

    • cemmerich says:

      I do use a convection but to to adjust recipes as needed. But the whipped egg white recipes coming out flat is not from that. That is not whipping them stiff enough. A stand mixer really helps. 🙂

  • Roye says:

    $26.00 for 16 oz of sugar?! You’ve got to be kidding.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      This is a specialty ingredient that isn’t used often. Also, it is very fluffy and light weight compared to sugar. So 16 ounces goes a long way. I have had my bag for over a year. 🙂

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