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.
I’ll see you in two weeks. Hope all the “snowflakes” are gone when we’ll get back!