Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipe

Hey there!

Merry Christmas to everybody! It is the time of the year I really enjoy. I like the Christmas lights, the smell, the candlelight and all the good and special food that we are having during that time. Every year I make gingerbread cookies from the dough I buy from the store. I really like to bake them with someone, because it is a fun thing to do and it is a cute tradition. I enjoy decorating them with the glaze by writing the names of my loved ones.

Christmas Cookies in 2016
Christmas Cookies in 2017

This year, I decided to make the gingerbread cookie dough myself, because I found a recipe, which is healthy and quite easy. I found the recipe from here. It is a healthy meal plan website I use to find recipe ideas for my everyday meals.

I will explain here the step by step making process and you can also check out my very first video, where I show how I made the dough and the cookies. Note that, this is ACTUALLY my very FIRST video, so it is not perfect, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, I guess. And also, that is the second time I tried to make this dough. So I’m not an expert or anything, but I really liked the idea of the recipe, because you only need a few ingredients and the process is quite simple! So let’s begin…

I will tell you the amounts you need, that will make about 500 grams of the cookie dough and I think the amount is suitable up to 5 people approximately.

So, first of all. What do you need?
Main ingredients
250 gr dates
150 gr cashews
25 gr almond flour
For the flavor
25 gr cocoa powder
Gingerbread spice
Crushed ginger

First, you need to boil the dates, because you need them soft. Note also, that you need the dates without the stones! You can also just keep them in the water soaking for a while. I chose to boil them. You need to get rid of the extra water after boiling, because you want the dough to stay rather thick.

Next step is to crush the cashews into a powder. I used a grinder for that. You can also use the food processor.

Take a bowl and mix together the dates, the cashews and the almond flour. It is good to use a wand mixer for that. Add the spices also. I chose to put more of the gingerbread spice and cinnamon and just a little bit of the crushed ginger. It is good to mix a little and then use a spoon to really mix it up. And after mixing, that is basically it. The dough is done!

You need to keep the dough overnight in a fridge to let it thicken. It is good to put the dough in the plastic food film (in the video I used a plastic bag, because I didn’t have any food film).

So, the next day you can roll the dough. I had to use some flour to roll it, because otherwise it would have been sticky on the dough roll. I used wholegrain oat flour. I put a little on the table and on the dough roll. I didn’t roll the dough very thin, because otherwise it is hard to make the cookie figures and get them on the oven plate.

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Make all the figures and put them on the oven plate. Set the oven up to 180 degrees and keep the cookies inside for 15-20 minutes. In the video, I kept them for 20 minutes and they looked quite nice (at first I said 10 minutes, but this is not enough for them). Keep an eye on them, because you don’t want them to get burned.

I didn’t glaze the gingerbread cookies, because I wanted to make them full-on healthy! But, I also made another batch the same day for my family from the store dough. So, my idea was to bring both of them to my family and let them say, which ones are better. The healthier kind or the “not-so-healthy-and-glazed-traditional-gingerbread-cookies”.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe and the video and you can let me know how your cookies turned out. I wish you all Happy Holidays and have fun trying to bake something nice for your family!

Melissa 🖤

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