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Festive vegan cookie box

Festive vegan cookie box

Festive vegan cookie box is the perfect gift or cookie essentials for this festive season ahead. I know I might be a bit late on this post, but better late than never! Christmas is one week away and leaves you lots of time to get baking. This box is filled with chai spiced Christmas cookies, Romary creams, coffee cookies, and decadent vegan caramels. YUP, it’s utterly amazing!

Festive vegan cookie box is the perfect gift or cookie essentials for this festive season ahead. I know I might be a bit late on this post, but better late than never! Christmas is one week away and leaves you lots of time to get baking. This box is filled with chai spiced Christmas cookies, Romary creams, coffee cookies, and decadent vegan caramels. YUP, it’s utterly amazing!

I have been pretty occupied this last week with getting all the recipes out and ready for the last week before Christmas, so forgive me for posting this one a whee too late, if you already started with your Christmas baking. I feel a bit blocked since this time of year is a bit hectic and at the same time it feels as though it’s a crazy season as well. So many good and bad things happen all at once that I kind of get frantic. So I try to keep my cool and baking helps loads to calm the nerves.

First off Romany creams and coffee cookies are some of my favorite cookies from South Africa. My mother used to bake batches of cookies to give as gifts when I was little and I used to help her stick them together with chocolate and lick out the bowl after. I loved to help bake the cookies, but licking out the chocolate bowl was obviously the best part. Now years later, I love to do the same. I love to bake cookies, lick out the chocolate bowl with my little man and give gift wrapped cookies as gifts to my friends as a special Christmas treat. A homemade gift is the best kind of gift according to me, that is if you like cookies!

But I mean no one can deny Romany creams or coffee cookies. My grandmother used to bake the very best coffee cookies and it’s an art itself to bake the perfect coffee cookies. They must be crunchy, chewy and buttery. The vegan version is not exactly the right consistency, but they are very close to the taste of the real thing. Apart from my two favorite cookies, the date and nut Christmas tree cookies are simply divine and don’t get me started on the vegan caramels, boy oh boy! It’s going to be hard to choose.

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Romany creams

Festive vegan cookie box

Ingredients 

  • 2/3 cup spelt flour (all-purpose flour or whole wheat will work too)
  • 1 cup nut flour mix (cup of each-oats/coconut/almond flour mixed and blended)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup -3/4 cup almond milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cream together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
  4. Gradually add the flour and then the almond milk, mix well until smooth.
  5. Scoop one heaped tsp into the palms of your hands and roll the cookies and press flat with a fork.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes until brown.
  7. Let them cool on a cookie rack and then smear on some vegan chocolate and press the two equal sized cookies together and let them set.
  8. Place in a cookie container for up to one month.

Notes:

  • The consistency of the cookies should be quite dense, so be sure the dough isn’t too wet when rolling into balls.
  • Gradually add the milk for desired consistency.
  • Match the cookies sizes before setting them with the chocolate.

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Coffee cookies

Festive vegan cookie box

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cup spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 125 ml vegan butter softened (100g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coffee powder
  • 75 ml coconut sugar
  • 75 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan chocolate or homemade chocolate 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside, then cream together the butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and coffee powder.
  3. Gradually add the flour into the butter mixture and then add the apple cider vinegar and mix well.
  4. Roll the dough into long sausages about 3-4 cm in length, place on a baking tray, (about 4-6 cookies on each tray) and press flat with a fork.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes and remove to cool, before smearing chocolate on matching cookies and pressing them together to set.

Notes:

  • The coffee powder or essence should be dissolved before adding or you can add the coffee powder still intact like I did for a bit of extra coffee goodness.
  • The dough is quite oily, add a bit more flour if your dough is too oily.
  • The coconut sugar can be replaced with brown sugar.

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Date & Nut Christmas three cookies

Festive vegan cookie box

Ingredients 

  • 7 dates
  • 1 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Almond milk if the dough is too dry
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan chocolate or homemade chocolate 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Soak the dates for at least for thirty minutes before blending with the rest of the ingredients and the roll-out to press out the Christmas tree shapes.
  3. Make use of some corn starch so the dough does not stick on to the rolling pin, press out a star shape in the middle for one of sides of one of the cookies so the chocolate can push through.
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake for ten minutes until brown.
  5. Smear chocolate on the Christmas trees and press equal sizes tree’s together with one star shape opening and leave to set.
  6. Place in a cool dry area for up to three weeks.

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Chai spiced Christmas cookies

Festive vegan cookie box

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cup spelt flour or whole wheat
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp chai spice mix
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (blended into flour)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Sift together all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Then cream the butter, sugar and maple syrup together.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredient mix and mix well until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the milk and mix well until a dough forms, scoop out on to a parchment paper surface or a floured surface.
  6. Roll flat about 1 cm and then press out the cookies shapes.
  7. Place on a baking tray, brush with coconut oil and bake for 12-15 minutes until brown.
  8. Remove to cool and then pipe on the frosting and leave to let the frosting harden.
  9. Place in a cookie tin for up to three weeks.

Frosting

  1. Mix together the frosting ingredients, place in a piping bag with a very small tip or make use of a ziplock bag and snip of the end.
  2. Pipe the frosting on the cookies once they have cooled and then leave to set.
  3. Place in a cookie tin for up to three weeks.

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Vegan Caramels

vegan caramels

Ingredients 

  • 400ml coconut cream or a high-fat content coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegan chocolate
  • or home made chocolate 

Method

  1. Bring to boil the caramel ingredients and let it thicken for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Make use of a candy thermometer and don’t let the temp go beyond 165 degrees Celcius.
  3. Lastly, add the vanilla essence and salt right before removing from the heat, pour into glass container and let the caramel cool before using.
  4. Layer the caramels, by starting with the chocolate as the base, then caramel in the center and more chocolate on top and then set to freeze for an hour and a half.
  5. Place the caramel in the fridge for up to two weeks, use on pancakes as a syrup or as a great caramel base for caramel lattes.

Hope you’ll love all of these cookies recipes. This is surely such a great gift to show the ones you love that you care. Be sure to check out my other festive recipes coming this week*

Be sure to check out my other festive recipes coming this week*

M*

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