It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! So all you grinches better be donning your Santa hats and sucking those candy canes. This week I have an extra special Christmassy treat for you. We are making gingerbread cookies. Basically I just needed to use my Christmas cookie cutters… it was about time they made their annual appearance. I have a confession to make…I am unashamedly a cookie cutter collector (how’s that for alliteration.) I’m afraid I always succumb to the shiny, alluring temptation, but as they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. However, there is a cookie cutter for every occasion…and what better occasion is there than the silly season?
So…this week was in fact quite eventful. For starters we had a frightful encounter with one very menacing biker dude (ooh that got your attention didn’t it?) So firstly my friends and I decided to go berry picking. We found the biggest berries, they were absolutely incredible, literally the size of my fist (metaphorically speaking haha.) We had a jolly old time, and on the way home we were merrily eating our strawberries and throwing the little stalky bits out of the window…cause that’s what you do…cause they ARE biodegradable, so no worries right? Wrong! According to scary, biker dude behind us. He peered into our car giving us a dirty look. Our chauffeur decided to take a different route to get away from beady eyes, but as soon as we turned, he followed us! Our driver became very distressed and asked us politely to keep all limbs within the vehicle and to lock all doors immediately. We did a ‘U turn’ and thankfully, scary biker dude zoomed on past us, probably still muttering to himself. I’d just like to say, sorry Mr Biker if we offended you by littering, but we don’t appreciate being stalked (pun anybody?), have a cookie and we’ll call it even.
Right, onto our next adventure (we are the Indiana Jones’ of this generation.) We decided it would be a fantastic idea to wake up with the birds and trek up the Mount in hope of seeing a glorious sunrise. The weather report was not looking grand but we decided to ‘yolo’ it and go anyway. After a blindingly early start, thigh jiggling climb and a couple of wheezy stops, we made it to the top (champions we are.) We ate teeny pancakes and had our prized strawberries and peaches on top. Unfortunately for us the sun never did rise, rather it sulked rudely behind the clouds. However, with full bellies, pumping hearts and sheer exhaustion we clomped cheerfully back down the hill alongside the nutty runners.
Alright, shall we talk about cookies? These really are a superb snack. A perfect treat which is gluten free and paleo(are you impressed now?) The recipe comes from: The Merrymaker sisters.
To make these Glitzy Gingerbread cookies, you will need:
- 300g almond meal
- 1 Tbsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
Begin by mixing you dry ingredients, then slide them to the side.
Whisk them up:
Now you need to be extremely patient (I know it’s a struggle,) roll the dough between two pieces of baking paper and leave it in the fridge for half an hour. In the meantime you can make some tea, pick some strawberries, or go for a hike.
Bake these babies at 160 degrees for 25 minutes. WARNING: Please watch them carefully, I take no responsibility for any burnt offerings.
Once cooled you can drizzle (fo shizzle) a little white chocolate (it’s the holidays so chocolate is acceptable,) then you could add goji berries, pumpkin seeds like me.
Now let the festivities begin…
Have a berry Merry Christmas!