These cinnamon & orange winter cookies are 100% vegan. I substitute whole wheat flour for oat flour for gluten-free cookie dough.
If there is one recipe that makes your home smells like Christmas, this is it. The combination of cinnamon and orange is divine. The fresh orange juice balances the sweetness of the brown sugar, and you can also add a little fresh orange zest. Oranges help to balance blood sugar, are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, and are an excellent source of potassium. Cinnamon is anti-viral and anti-bacterial and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Adding cinnamon and orange to these winter cookies offers a range of health benefits.
Once the dough is ready, they take just 5-7 minutes to bake, and they are best served warm with a soft center and are delicious. Trust me when I say they will be gone before the cookies cool on the kitchen bench.
- Brown Sugar
- Oat flour (gluten-free)
- Orange juice
- Dairy-free milk (optional in the icing)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (powdered)
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1 3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of water or plant-based milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 360F
- Step 1: Put the brown sugar (3/4 cup) in a blender and pulse for about 30-60 seconds until the sugar is powdered.
- Step 2: Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Step 3: Roll out the dough (0.4-inch thickness) and cut it into star shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Step 4: Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the star-shaped cookies on top, leaving a space between each one.
- Step 5: Bake the cookies for about 6-8 minutes.
- Step 6: To prepare the icing, add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until smooth.
- Step 7: Let the cookies cool before adding the icing.
- Step 8: Sprinkle them with cinnamon for a little extra Christmas spice.
- Don’t overbake the cookies, they should be a little soft when they come out of the oven, as they will go crunchy when cooled on the rack.
- You can use oat flour instead of whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour.
The beautiful Christmas star cookies will make a lovely addition to any holiday party sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered sugar. Pair these with a freshly brewed pot of coffee, or enjoy them as a simple dessert after Christmas dinner or as breakfast cookies.
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