Currently it is like 50 degrees outside and raining buckets of cats and frogs and what not. I live in Vt for a few reasons, and one of them is winter, so the warm rain is just not nice. Apparently these cookies are the closest thing to snowflakes I will be seeing for a little while…(sad face inserted here) But I am hoping that juuuust maybe it will turn, and all of a sudden it will be snow coming down and not rain. And that it snows and snows and snows, like a foot or 2 of it. I want so much snow that I am stuck in my house for a least a solid 24 hours (of course with the power still on and all the necessities I would need) and the only way out being by foot or sled. And you know what I would do if I was snowed in? Lounge around in my pj’s all day (or at least until like 10 am), have a never emptying cup of hot coffee in hand, play around outside and make a snow fort, and definitely make cookies. Doesn't that just sound so nice?
But I am not snowed in, and wasn’t snowed in and probably will not be snowed in for the foreseeable future. But I can still, and did make cookies so there is that. Chocolate cut out snowflakes with orange glaze to be exact. A good all around chocolate cookie jazzed up with a citrus kick. Simple, elegant and perfect for all of your holiday cookie needs. Plus it is just a really pretty cookie. I just might make a few more batches and liter the front yard with them. I’ll make my own freaking snow, even if it is out of cookies. Then I really wouldn’t be able to leave my house due to the crazy fat squirrels attacking the lawn. That would be something. HA.
To the snowflake cookies! (They can be any shape really, but snowflakes are so nice)
The stuff. Sugar, vegan butter, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, canola oil, brewed coffee, grind chia seeds, vanilla extract, an orange, and some powdered sugar.
First, mix the ground chia seeds with the coffee for caffeinated chia eggs.
Beat the butter with the sugar to give it a good fluff, then add in the oil, vanilla, and chia eggs to the mix.
Beat until combined.
Place all the dry into a bowl and whisk together until fully incorporated.
Dump the mixed dry into the were and grab a wooden spoon. Start mixing.
Cookie dough is a-formin.
Collect the dough in some plastic and smash into a disk. Place in fridge to rest for at least a few hours, but a day is good too.
Chilled dough, flour, a cookie cutter, and a rolling pin. I think you know what to do. Just really make sure to keep the counter and rolling pin floured or else the dough will stick and that is just so annoying.
Yes this dough is a little delicate, but not in a bad way. It might tear or slightly crumble but you just smoosh it back in there and you are all set. Anyway, after rolling dough out to about 1/2 inch thick, cut cookies out with a well floured cutter.
Cookies on the baking sheet ready for the oven.
Cookies on a baking sheet right out of the oven.
Now those cookies got to cool so get them on a rack.
While cookies are cooling, fix yourself some glaze. The powdered sugar, zest of orange and juice of orange will do the trick.
A good looking glaze. Thick put drizzable consistency.
And to finish. Drizzle the cookies with glaze, dunk the tops in the glaze, or do a little of both (I say both). The glaze does harden after a few minutes so these are very much stackable cookies.
And then what you do with the finished cookies is up to you. I let the mr eat a good few, saved a few for Christmas and dropped some off to some peps. They were well received for sure.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend and are able to get in on some cookie making.
Chocolate Cutout Cookies With Orange Glaze
makes about 3 dozen cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegan butter
1/2 cup oil
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
6 tablespoon coffee or water (coffee brings out the chocolate flavor more)
1 cup powdered sugar
In a large bowl, cream together the white sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the oil, vanilla, and coffee chia eggs. Mix until incorporated. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cocoa. salt. and baking powder. Dump dry into wet and mix until a dough forms. Gather dough into a ball and place in plastic and flatten into a disk. Place in fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350
Take dough from fridge and unwrap. Place on a well floured surface and roll until it is about 1/4 inch thick. The dough is delicate and a little crumbly, but don’t worry to much, just squish it back together and keep rolling it out. With a floured cookie cutter, cut your shapes and gently place them on a cookie sheet. Gather remnants of dough back into a ball and re-roll out and cut more cookies until you have used up all the dough. Place cookies into oven and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up a bit and the bottoms are slightly browned. Once cookies are cooked, let cool on a wire rack.
While cookies are cooling make the glaze. Mix about a tablespoon of the zest of the orange with the powdered sugar and add in a few tablespoons of the juice of the orange until the glaze is slightly runny. Once cookies are cooled either dip the tops in the glaze or drizzle the glaze on top of cookies (or do some of both). Then eat. If you wait a little while, the glaze will harden and then you can stack them and then if you want, maybe wrap on a few in little packages to give to someone you like. Either way, place uneaten cookies in a airtight container. Should last about a week, but can you not eat them for that long?