My family and I are off to Frankfurt for Christmas tomorrow, so I just quickly post 2 cookies recipes that can be made totally last minute, they make great edible present as well! I hope you enjoy them and see you here again after Christmas!
Wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Gluten Free Cinnamon Ginger Bread Man
Adapted from Cinnamon Christmas Cookies by Emiko Davies
(note: the recipe from Emiko Davies calls for regular flour but I make it gluten free. I didn’t make the icing since the biscuits are quite sweet already.)
Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen)
- 150g brown rice flour (plus more for rolling)
- 100g Tapioca starch
- 1/4 tsp. Xanthan gum
- 100g Muscovado sugar (or regular brown sugar)
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 125g cold butter, cubed
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, sugar and cinnamon. Add the cold cubed butter and use your hand, incorporate the flour with the butter until you get a mixture resembles breadcrumbs (or you can use a food processor). Make a well in the middle of the bowl and add the eggs, use a spatular to combine the flour mixture and the eggs until a smooth dough is formed. If the dough is too wet or sticky, add some more rice flour (a level tablespoon at a time). Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (best overnight).
Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius. Roll the dough out to about the thickness of a euro coin on a flour surface, I roll the dough in between two sheets of baking paper (or clingfilm) because the dough is quite sticky. Use any cookie cutter you like, cut out as many cookies as you can. Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with baking paper, bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are dry to the touch and take on a slightly brown colour. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack. Keep them in a airtight container.
3 Ingredients Almond Biscuits
Ingredients: (makes 12 biscuits)
- 200g Sliced almond
- 2 large egg white
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
Preheat the oven at 150 degree Celsius.
In a mixing bowl, combine egg white and brown sugar well. Add in almond slices and mix. Prepare a baking sheet lined with baking paper, drop about 1 heaped tablespoon of the almond mixture onto the baking sheet (I use a cookie cutter to shape, but it is not necessary), use the back of the spoon to flatten the mixture a bit. Carry on with the remaining mixture.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cookies for about 20-25 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Turn off the oven and then leave the cookies in the oven for another minute. Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them on a cooling rack to cool. Store them in a airtight container.