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Yes, I made snowflake cookies. Or at least, that’s what I chose to call them. I do know it’s May. Or, it’s supposed to be May. I’m not sure if the weather right here in Germany knows that it’s May. There was night frost in some areas this week! Kind of crazy…
Okay, I will stop complaining. We’ll be on vacation the next two weeks. I decided to make some cookies as a little supply and as a present for the person with whom we’re staying. As they are snowflake cookies, they’ll remind us of the cold that we espace…
And just to give you some facts: They’re whole wheat, or at least, they can be. They can be made using either xylit, regular white sugar or whole cane sugar. Whole cane sugar yields a malty, caramel like flavor which I really like.
And of course, you don’t have to use the same kind of nuts I used. Actually, you could also use just hazelnuts or just walnuts or you use almonds… it’s up to you!
That’s a big cookie for a tiny Lego girl, if you ask me…
yields about 60 cookies, whole wheat and can be sugar-free
- 200g / 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry)
- 120g / 3/4 cup ground nuts (I used half hazelnuts and half walnuts)
- 100g / 1/2 cup cold margarine (earth balance / alsan)
- 100g / 1/2 cup sugar (whole cane, white or xylit)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or 2 packages bourbon vanilla sugar
- 1 tbsp cold water
- pinch of salt
- optional: confectioners’ sugar for decoration OR powdered xylit
Mix all the ingredients, using either your hands or a food processor. I think using your hands is much more fun and better for taste testing the dough… ;)
The dough is supposed to be smooth and it shouldn’t stick to your hands. Add some more flour if it’s too sticky, add a little more cold water if it’s too crumbly.
Form a roll and cut of slices, about 0,5 cm thick. Put on a baking tray, lined with baking paper. Bake for about 12-15 minutes at 350 F / 180 C. Decorate with confectioners’ sugar while still warm! Enjoy and hope for better weather!
Note: you can easily make powdered sugar from xylit in your food processor or blender. Just put 2 cups in your blender and mix, that’s it. It’s a great sugar-free alternative for decorating cookies and other desserts.
No problem… since she has a fancy Lego phone, she’s just calling a friend…
So they can enjoy that cookie together!
I’ll see you in two weeks. Hope all the “snowflakes” are gone when we’ll get back!
What an adorable post! =D
Playful and Hungry said:
Thanks! ;) I really enjoyed writing it, too!
Thanks for this easy yet inspiring recipe! And it worked – bright sunshine in Germany today, at least in the Midwest :-)
On the Broken (Harz) was snow last weekend! And it’s already the end of May. So snowflake cookies are not out of season :)
Penny Parsnip said:
Yum! NYC is confused about how weather is supposed to be in May too. Temps in the low 40s this weekend, and last week it snowed at my parents’ place in Pittsburgh. Brrrr!
The horror! More Legos fans! I guess I`ll never really escape them. Yummy looking cookies cookies you did here, and a good recipe to keep in mind.
If someone looking at the blog wanted to make them gluten free, I`d suggest using a mix or making your own flour mix. This one looks like 50g sorghum, 50g tapioca starch, 25g coconut flour, 25g brown rice flour. That`s a built in protein and fiber boost, but you could also add an additional teaspoon (no idea what that is in grams) or so of ground flax seed. You could use golden if you don`t want odd dark specks in snowflake cookies, and a lot of powdered sugar on top to cover up the golden coloration of your healthy and gluten free tweaks. Go team gluten free!
Playful and Hungry said:
Haha, yeah, Lego fans all over the Internet, right? Now they even have food blogs =D
Thanks for the gluten-free tips! I’ll definitelly have to try more gluten-free baking. My raw pies are gluten-free, but apart from that I never really tried using gluten-free flour, as I don’t have to avoid it. However, as I want everyone to enjoy cool vegan treats and just because I’m curious I’ll definitelly try some gluten-free baking at some point!
I sometimes avoid nuts and eggs, not because I`m allergic to them, but it`s fun trying to see how you can work around it. Like a challenge! So you could see occasional gluten free baking that way. And us different eaters all have to stick together, right? All your friends who are gluten free would love you forever if you brought a treat or two to a party, in the future, as well. :)
Hannah (BitterSweet) said:
I sure wouldn’t mind some snowflakes right about now! It really makes perfect sense to me… My grandparents actually used to keep these cookies in their freezer, and I would love sneaking one or two out on the hottest summer days. Ah, such sweet memories!
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