Every morning my kids (well, mainly my 5 year old) wake up and rush to the advent calendars to see what treat is in store for the day. This year I have filled their homemade advent calendars with a mixture of small toys (most of which I had left over from filling last year’s calendars – bouncy balls, matchbox cars, balloons), homemade goodies like playdough and “reindeer food” for Christmas Eve, and pieces of paper with an activity for the day (read a Christmas story, see the Christmas lights, or today’s activity: make Christmas cookies!).
As I have 3 children (a 5 year old, 2 year old, and 3 month old), on days like today I like to split the advent calendar activity into 3 parts. So in my 5 year old’s calendar was the recipe, and the other 2 children had a Christmas cookie cutter each. Of course, my 3 month old has no idea what’s going on (she slept through this whole cookie-making adventure) so my 5 year old used her cookie cutter.
The older kids loved helping me make these cookies. Lots of measuring, pouring, stirring, taste-testing, rolling, cutting, and more taste-testing… It’s a simple recipe too – mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, mix all together, roll it flat, cut it out, bake it for a short 10 minutes, then gobble them all up!
I adapted this recipe slightly from One Green Planet who called these cookies “Christmas Fairytale Cookies” but to me, these are pretty much gingerbread cookies. Whatever you want to call them, you can’t deny how tasty they are. The fluffy texture, bold ginger and sweet-and-salty molasses combination, these cookies are amazing. You can’t stop at one. Trust me.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- ⅓ cup raw sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup blackstrap molasses
- ⅓ cup water
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Combine oil, molasses and water in a separate bowl (note: if your coconut oil is solid, you will need to melt it beforehand).
- Pour the liquid mix into the dry ingredients and mix well until a dough forms.
- Roll dough to a thickness of 5mm and cut with cookie cutters.
- Place cookies onto prepared baking trays.
- Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
- Let cool for a few minutes and share with your loved ones!
- What foods remind you of Christmas?
- Are gingerbread cookies essential for you at Christmas time?
- What are your plans for this Christmas?