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Christmas treats to make with your kids

Lucie Carr

Posted on December 22 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s Christmas in a few days. Where has this year gone?
The children are giddy with excitement, school is out and they are counting the days, hours even, until Santa’s arrival. So exciting!

This time of year all four of the children love to get involved with a bit of the cooking especially if it has the words ‘cookie’ or ‘truffle’ in the description! So with some Christmas tunes blaring we embarked on making some Christmas treats.

First up were Maple Syrup cookies, followed by copious amounts of decorating (who I am I to stop them when they’re having so much fun: it’s only Christmas once a year after all!). Followed by yummy raw chocolate truffles!

Maple Cookies

Ingredients:

280g spelt wholemeal flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
75g coconut oil
75g maple syrup
½ tsp. milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the icing:

Icing sugar
Water
Decorations

Method:

Melt the coconut oil on a low heat and leave to cool whilst you measure out the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Once the coconut oil has cooled mix in a separate bowl with the maple syrup, egg, vanilla and the milk.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until a dough is formed.

This will be a very sticky dough mixture but once it’s combined and put into the fridge it will become a nice firm dough.

Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for around 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

Once the dough is nice and firm flour a surface and roll out to a thickness of a couple of mm’s.

Now is the fun bit: cookie cutting. We used snowflake shapes and star shapes.

Place the cookies on parchment paper on a cookie tray and bake in the oven for around 8 minutes, until the bottom looks light brown. I found on some of the cookies I had to re – cut once out of the oven to get the stars sharp edges.

Cool and then decorate to your hearts content!

I mixed up some icing sugar and placed in a piping bag. The children loved using this!

Raw Chocolate Truffles

This is super quick to make and very easy.

Ingredients:

2 cups of medjool dates
2-3tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 drops of orange essense/mint or vanilla

Method:

In a food processor blend the dates, coconut oil and 2 tbsp of cacao powder.

Mix until you have a nice smooth, sticky consistency.

Once mixed we divided into a few bowls and mixed in a few drops of orange in one bowl, mint in another and vanilla in the final one. Mix well.

Next comes the sticky bit, roll into small balls and dust with the cacao powder.

Place in the fridge to firm up a bit and chill.

And that’s it!

Wishing your family from my family a fabulous Christmas filled with joy and happiness.

See you back here in the New Year x

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