Christmas cookies

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I can’t believe its the festive season again, already! I have been a bit slow at getting into the Christmas spirit but here is the first of hopefully a few Christmas recipes. As of yet we don’t have a christmas tree up in our home but the smell of these cookies wafting around has reminded us that once again ‘its the season to be jolly’!

I wanted these cookies to be a mix between traditional gingerbread and shortbread but without the butter, eggs, refined flour and sugar. They are beautifully spicy, almost buttery from the coconut oil and with a lovely crisp texture, perfect for dunking in your afternoon cup of tea. I have shaped mine into a few giant gingerbread men as i had a really cool cookie cutter from my late Grandmother but regular gingerbread would also be delicious! I have also shaped some stars and christmas trees which are great presented in a little bag or mug as a christmas present.

Get your kids in the kitchen to help you with this easy, healthy recipe and enjoy the start of a beautiful festive season!

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Christmas Cookies

Ingredients

1 C rolled oats, gluten free if necessary

1 C almond meal

½ C rice flour

1 t gluten free baking powder

1 t ground ginger

1 t ground cinnamon

1 t ground allspice

½ C raw honey

½ C unrefined coconut oil

1 t vanilla extract

¼ – ½ C plant milk, I used almond

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line 2 large trays with baking paper.

Pulse the oats in a blender/food processor to achieve a rough flour consistency. Place the oat flour into a mixing bowl along with the almond meal, rice flour, baking powder and spices. Combine.

Melt the honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract over a bowl of boiling. Add to the dry ingredients along with enough plant milk to achieve a dough consistency. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Sprinkle rice flour over your bench top and roll the dough out to roughly ½ cm thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. I used giant gingerbread, star and Christmas tress cutters. Use a little mixed peel and flaked almonds to make eyes and buttons.

Carefully place onto the lined trays and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

Perfect served to impromptu Christmas visitors with a cup of tea.

Enjoy!

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