Nut-free kids’ cook­ies

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

Prepa­ra­tion time 20 mins plus 20 min­utes chill­ing Cooking time 30 mins Makes 20 cook­ies

3½ Tbsp co­conut flour 90g des­ic­cated co­conut

3 Tbsp pump­kin seeds

3 Tbsp sun­flower seeds

1 Tbsp white chia seeds 3 Tbsp tahini paste

2 tsp bi­car­bon­ate of soda Pinch of Hi­malayan salt 150g sesame seeds 110ml ex­tra vir­gin co­conut oil 50ml maple syrup

100ml honey

½ tsp vanilla pow­der

1 tsp ground cin­na­mon

¼ tsp ground gin­ger

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten 180g dark (70-100% ca­cao) sug­arand dairy-free choco­late, chopped into small pieces (op­tional) Ex­tra vir­gin olive oil,

to grease (op­tional)

STEP 1 Pre­heat oven to 140°C fan­forced (160°C con­ven­tional). Line an oven tray with bak­ing pa­per. STEP 2 Com­bine flour, co­conut, seeds, tahini, bi­car­bon­ate of soda and salt in the bowl of a food pro­ces­sor and blend to fine crumbs.

STEP 3 Trans­fer mix­ture to a bowl, stir in sesame seeds and set aside.

STEP 4 Melt co­conut oil in a saucepan over low heat, add maple syrup, honey, vanilla, cin­na­mon and gin­ger. Stir to com­bine, bring to a sim­mer, then re­move from heat and set aside.

STEP 5 Add eggs to co­conut flour mix­ture and stir to com­bine. Pour in co­conut oil mix­ture and stir well un­til you have a soft, sticky dough. Shape dough into 20 wal­nut-sized balls and gently press flat on pre­pared tray, al­low­ing space for cook­ies to spread. Bake for 25 min­utes, or un­til golden. Trans­fer to a wire rack to cool. Serve or fol­low steps be­low to coat in choco­late.

STEP 6 To coat cook­ies, melt choco­late in a heat­proof bowl over a saucepan of just-sim­mer­ing wa­ter, mak­ing sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the wa­ter.

STEP 7 Line a sec­ond oven tray with bak­ing pa­per and place a wire rack on top. Lightly brush rack with olive oil.

STEP 8 Dip cook­ies in melted choco­late to coat, then place on pre­pared rack (ex­cess choco­late will drip onto the tray; this can be reused.)

STEP 9 Put cook­ies on rack in the fridge to set for 20 min­utes. Serve or store in an air­tight con­tainer for up to 2 weeks.

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