The next on my list of delicious Christmas cookies that are a better alternative than the ones you’re probably surrounded by are these babies.
They’re my new favorite, I believe.
Because all you need is a couple of basic ingredients, they’re easy and fun to make AND they’re freaking delicious.
Such a rich taste!
As with the last ones, we’re gonna use whole grain spelt flour, because whole grains are healthy & provide us with B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper & not to mention all the fiber! Who would have thought we actually have an option of having a healthy happy gut at Christmas!?
But we do.
For these cookies, I use both butter & coconut oil as my fat of choice – you can opt only for one, I’m pretty sure it would work out. I choose both because, why the hell not? And they both smell wonderful.
Aside from that, they have slighty different nutrition profiles – a bit diversity is always a good thing. And, our brains love fat. And so does our hair, skin & nails.
Butter contains, aside from fats, vitamins A, D, E, B12 & K; not bad for a food labeled as “bad”.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial properites & will give us tons of vitamin E.
As a sweetener, you can use either coconut sugar, muscovado sugar or whole cane sugar.
I used muscovado, I find it fits the best. Muscovado sugar is absolutely delicious, and I love that dark, moisty look – funny to look at it & see how much different it is from the refined crap.
Muscovado sugar is nutritionally superios to refined crap (which is really not hard, considering that table sugar has absolutely NO nutritional value, only empty calories), however, do keep in mind that it’s still just sugar & needs to be consumed in moderation. It contains a bit of magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus & calcium.
As for spicing it all up, you can go simple – cinnamon. You can use gingerbread spice, which works AMAZING in this recipe, or you can add a bit of cacao powder to give it a chocolate twist.
No matter what your choice is, the results will be delicious.
WHY YOU SHOULD EAT IT:
- Whole grain spelt flour: rich in fiber, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium. Contains essential amino acids & healthy fatty acids.
- Butter: vitamins A, D, E, K, B12
- Muscovado sugar: potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium
- Coconut oil: MTC, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E
AMAZING CUT-OUT COOKIES
Yet another delicious, whole grain, cut-out cookie recipe
- 1 stick (ca 100g) butter cold
- 1/4 cup (50g) coconut oil cold
- 1 cups (250g) whole grain spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup (65g) coconut or muscovado sugar
- few tbsp cold plant milk if needed
- 3 tbsp cacao powder optional
- 1 tbsp gingerbread spice optional
- 1 tsp maca powder optional
Cut the butter in little cubes, add in coconut oil, sugar & flour. Add spices of your choice; gingerbread or cacao.. or both.
Make a dough, first using a handmixer – finish it off with kneading. Add plant milk if needed; if oyu can’t form a dough.
Keep a dough in a fridge for an hour (or overnight), airtight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C
Dust the working surface with flour (you can add a bit of ground almonds, for additional taste kick), roll the dough out to 1/2′ thickness.
Fun time; cut them out with cookie cutters.
You know the drill; re-roll the rest of the dough to cut out more cookies until you’re out of the dough.
Bake for ca. 12 minutes, till they’re lighty brown – don’t overbake them.
They will be squishy when freshly out of the oven – carefully not to break them (I use cake server), take them out & let them cool down.