It's Friday, so lets keep this short -here is the final cookie for '5 Days of Holiday Cookies'. I know this is my sixth post in 5 days, but 5 cookies just isn't enough! So here it is, cookie number 6!
Have a great Friday, I hope your weekend is warm, cozy, and full of loved ones and wonderful foods!
Recipe: (makes 8 sandwiches, or 16 cookies) Print it Here
1 Cup Brown rice flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
4 Tbsp. Vegan shortening (or organic butter)
2 Tbsp. Vegan shortening (or organic butter) and 2 tablespoon Almond butter
4 Tbsp. Ground hazelnuts
4 Tbsp. Liquid sweetener (I used both honey and maple syrup)
½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon Sea salt
Good quality fruit sweetened jam (optional)
1 Tbsp.Vegan icing sugar (optional)
Combine the brown rice flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add all the other ingredients and mix with your hands until the dough is thoroughly combined. Portion 1 tablespoon of dough, and roll into little balls (the more you work the dough, the better it will hold together). Flatten each ball by placing a small piece of parchment over top each cookie, then apply pressure to it with the bottom of a glass or jar (if you want a uniform shaped cookies, you can trim the extra dough with a cookie cutter. It is easier to do this once the individual cookie is flattened as opposed to rolling 1 large sheet of dough and cutting the shapes from it -the rice flour just doesn't hold together that well. See pictures below). If you desire a 'window' for your cookies, use a small cookies cutter to cut a shape in the center of ½ the cookies.
Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 10-13 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let cool on pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Once cool, you can make the cookies into sandwiches by spreading 1 tsp. of good quality jam on the non-window cookie (if you make them) and top with the window cookies. If desired, dust lightly with icing sugar.
* I made 2 different versions of these cookies. Firstly, I made a easier version where I flattened all the cookies and baked them, then turned them into sandwich.
I also made a version where I trimmed the flattened cookies with a round cutter, then made windows in half the cookies.
**Alternatively, you can eat the cookies as it, without turning them into 'sandwiches', or even dip half in melted dark chocolate.