I made these Christmas cookies recently and was reluctant whether I should share the recipe or not. I experimented by making these cookies with buckwheat flour, and the result was extremely crunchy cookies. I enjoyed them and my sons enjoyed them – in fact, we enjoyed them so much that we ate them all before my husband could try one! But sometimes I wonder if we are just so used to my “weird” cooking, and perhaps others would not enjoy such things as much as we do.
But anyway, I obviously decided to share the recipe :D you maysubstitute the buckwheat flour for another flour of your choice, if desired.
Be prepared for many more gluten-free recipes in the future too, as we are now a gluten-free family – I think I have been in denial for years that both of my sons are possibly intolerant of gluten (or perhaps just wheat?). So we are all going gluten-free for the next few weeks (it just makes it easier if we all go gluten-free rather than having to worry about which child can or can’t eat certain foods!). I thought this would be a difficult transition however it’s proving to be not so difficult, as we already don’t eat much gluten, apart from a sandwich or a few slices of toast. Now, I just need to find a good gluten-free bread recipe…(please feel free to recommend one to me! I will be extremely thankful!).
Gingerbread Christmas cookies
So back to these Christmas cookies. I made them into cute reindeer by using a small gingerbread man cutter to cut two antlers, and an egg ring to cut a circle face. This recipe made 6 large cookies, but you could make 18 (or more) smaller cookies if desired!
Decorating the reindeer was a lot of fun too – I dropped on a little bit of melted coconut butter for the eyes and nose, and then stuck on sultanas for the eyes and a goji berry for the nose.
- 2 cups buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp bicarb soda
- ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
- ⅓ cup mashed avocado
- ¼ cup water/plant milk
- 2 tbs coconut butter, melted
- 12 sultanas
- 6 goji berries
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until a smooth dough forms (it may be a bit sticky).
- Chill the dough for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Roll out the dough to about 5mm thick.
- Using cookie cutters, cut 12 small gingerbread men (antlers) and 6 circles (faces).
- Place 2 gingerbread men onto a lined or greased baking sheet, and place 1 circle so it overlaps the gingerbread mens' heads - press gently to attach. Repeat for the remaining reindeer.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before decorating.
- To decorate, place a small blob of melted coconut butter for the eyes and nose, and fix sultanas onto the eyes and a goji berry onto the nose.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at a cool temperature (if it is too warm, the coconut butter will melt!).
I’d love to hear from you :)
- Are you gluten-free too?
- If you have an awesome gluten-free bread recipe PLEASE SHARE – I don’t want to have to spend $7 for a small loaf of gluten-free bread from the supermarket!
- Only 10 sleeps until Christmas! Tell me all about your Christmas plans (because I have nothing planned at all! Which is nice, for a change :) ).