Hi guys, today’s post is a Christmas Bake Off collab with Evie! Now, I’m just putting it out there, if this was Bake Off, I would totally be eliminated this week. My cute festive plans didn’t exactly work out. I made Christmas cinnamon orange cookies, it was all going well. Until I used my cookie cutters.
I used these ones*. They look cute but I don’t think the edges are defined enough and once they baked, they lost their shape
a little. I hoped once I’d decorated them they might look better, but no. It also didn’t help that I used whole oats so they weren’t totally smooth to shape. If I’d made round regular cookies, I think they would be great. But for more intricate cutters, I’d use oat flour rather than oats if I made them again.
If I’m totally honest, I thought about making another batch. Then I changed my mind. This is supposed to be a cute festive bake, something you could do with your kids, not the best looking dessert centrepiece. I don’t think it’s worth stressing over some badly shaped but still delicious cookies. I’ll save the stress for the next time I need to roll my yule log.
This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan and soy free.
Christmas Cinnamon Orange Cookies
- 1 and ½ cups 144g GF oats (or oat flour)
- 40 g ground hazelnuts
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup Vegan Butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp orange oil
- 1 tbsp almond milk
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Add the rolled oats, ground hazelnuts, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and mix together.
Cream the vegan butter and brown sugar together in a separate bowl and then add the syrup and orange oil.
Then mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by hand. Stirring until the mixture is very crumbly.
Add the almond milk and mix in. Check if you can roll some of it into a ball – it should be sticky enough to do so. It will still be crumbly and look almost as if it’s still too dry, but be fairly sticky to the touch.
Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin and roll out dough. Then use cookie cutters to make your desired shapes.
Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes. The edges should be firm and the tops lightly browned. They will be soft but will firm up while cooling.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely and decorating.
Serve and enjoy!
I’m not going to ask you how you think they look because I don’t want you to have to lie to me. So what do you guys think of the recipe? Cinnamon and orange cookies sound good to you? What are your favourite festive flavours?
Don’t forget to check out Evie’s post too!
Until next time,
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