Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies (GF)

IMG_3043This is Christmas in a cookie. We’ve already had Christmas in a burger so I had to balance it with pudding.

Crisp on the outside, soft and crumbly on the inside, these are rich and packed with flavours. I think these are more adult cookies than for kids – maybe if you were making for kids, I’d reduce the amount of cocoa and replace with plain flour and perhaps skip the ginger and cinnamon. Of course if you don’t like orange, you can replace this with vanilla.

Cookie ingredients

  • 170g plain flour (gluten free works too)
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 110g soya or vegetable spread
  • 50g muscavado sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • 1tsp orange essence
  • 2tsp vanilla or chocolate essence
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orgran (replacement egg) made up with 1 tbsp. of water

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree and line a baking tray with non stick parchment or liner
  • Cream the sugar, essence and spread together
  • Add the replacement egg
  • In a bowl mix the dry ingredients together then add to the creamed mixture
  • You want to create a firm cookie dough, which you can roll into small balls. I create 18 cookies out of this mixture to give you an idea of how to divide the mixture.
  • Slightly flatten the top of the rolled cookie dough mixture and leave plenty of space on the tray for them to spread out
  • Place in the oven for five minutes – then carefully flatten slightly with a fork – they will crack, that’s okay, don’t flatten them too much – just enough to make the spread
  • Place back in the oven for 5-7 minutes, careful not to burn (it’s very hard to tell if chocolate cookies are overcooked)
  • Place the cookies on a cooling tray and once cooled you can decorate.

For the icing you’ll need icing sugar, Christmas pudding flavouring (optional), water and green and red fondant.

Mix up your icing and decorate your cookie, adding a fondant holly leaf and berry. You could sprinkle with edible glitter too. Or you could create a ‘butter’ cream and sandwich two cookies together. Whatever you choose to do, I think these would be perfect for Santa on Christmas Eve…

 

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