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Healthy Cookie Cutter Cookies (with a sugar free option)

This recipe is an adaption of the Butternut Cookies on the I Quit Sugar blog. The original recipe was okay, but the coconut flour gives it that horrid dry mouth feel, and the recipe uses a whole jar of cashew butter. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to spend $6 on just one ingredient for a batch of cookies.

This adaption makes a flaky, buttery, pastry-like cookie. The girls devoured them, so that’s always a good sign.

Ingredients

  • 300g spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp rapadura sugar (or xylitol for sugar free)
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g cashew butter
  • 100g butter (or nutlex for dairy free)
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2.5 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180c, and get a baking tray ready
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the cashew butter, butter and coconut oil. Make sure it is over a very low heat.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the butter mix, eggs and vanilla essence. Stir well.
  5. At this stage you should probably rest the dough in the fridge a little bit, but we just went right ahead and rolled it. Up to you.
  6. Roll out half the dough between two sheets of baking paper, until it is about 4mm thick
  7. Using cookie cutters, cut out the biscuits and use an egg flip to lift them gently onto the baking tray.
  8. Bake in the oven until golden brown and crispy. (Sorry I didn’t time it. We did a basic clean-up and read two books if it helps)
  9. Allow to cool on the tray

NOTE: I froze the other half of the dough so we have some ready for another day.

 

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A yummy and healthy cookie cutter cookie. Yes we added sprinkles to this batch

 

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Home made play dough recipe

Kids love play dough. I can still remember watching while my Mum cooked up play dough, impatiently waited for it to cool, then spent hours making and creating all sorts of fun things. Naturally I want to repeat this with my girls, so I dug out the play dough recipe, sat little missy on the bench, and got cooking.

This recipe is made from ingredients in your pantry. It’s totally non-toxic, and cheaper than the commercial variety.
Home made play dough

Ingredients
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cooking salt
2tbs cream of tartar
1/2 tbs vegetable oil (I used rice bran oil)
2 cups water
1tsp natural food colouring

Method

  1. Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Slowly blend in oil, water and food colouring
  2. Stir continuously over a low heat, until the mixture thickens and forms a ball.
  3. Allow to cool, then wrap in cling wrap to stop it drying out.

My darling girl had a wonderful time playing with her new play dough, and to be honest so did I! It gave us another opportunity to bond and learn together: she learnt a new texture, some new hand skills and how to use cookie cutters. I learnt how to let go, have fun and allow myself to live in the amazing moments life with a toddler brings.

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