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Christmas - Sour Cream Cookie cutter Cookies with Stevia (Sugar + Gluten free)

 Christmas Paleo Sour Cream Cookies with stevia, gluten free

Paleo Christmas Cookies with super food toppings, YES you can have christmas treats without the sugar crash after indulging.

By sweetening your cookie dough with natural stevia-sweet sweetener, you save calories and make the treat more blood sugar friendly. 

Now, you probably think: how am I going to make the biscuits look nice without using icing sugar or other artificial biscuit decorations?

I was panicking about that too, especially since I had booked the christmas cookie making Sunday with a friend weeks and weeks back before I had stopped eating gluten and the occasional refined sugar.

I have been on a Paleo way of eating for a few weeks now, and I am feeling so good I did not want to wreck all the good work the healthy food has already done for my wellbeing.

I put myself under even more pressure by inviting some more girls to join us for the fun. None of my friends had every tried stevia before, so all I could do is hope for an open mind and that my dough would turn out ok. Sadly, I had to make the dough before they arrived, so they did not get to see the whole process, but there really is no magic involved. We did do some stevia powder tasting, straight out of the tub, – “oh wow that is sweet” was the reaction, none of the 3 girls said that they hate it, which was a great start. I was so glad that they are not very fussy with what they eat, it just makes it so much easier.

I also took some of these biscuits to the guy who keeps my muscles working (sports massage), he had never tried stevia sweetened baked goods, he loved them, kept going back for more – I should have brought him more than the small selection I took. It is great when I get to test my stevia baking on other people than my fussy husband, it’s the only way of finding out if the recipe is suitable of the larger population who are not yet accustomed to stevia sweetening. -THESE BISCUITS ARE DEFINITELY A SUCCESS!

Regarding the challenge of decorating cooking paleo style and sugar free ,  I first checked if other people had already found solutions to the sugar free biscuit decorating problem, there was some inspiration out there, using dried  fruit and nuts and seeds which looked like it might work with some creativity . My next worry was how do you make this stuff stick? Does it not look boring and brown? – I think we girls made it work really well. We used an egg-wash to glue things in place, small seeds such a sesame or poppy seed can be rolled into the dough a bit with the rolling pin.

All you need for “sugar free biscuit decorating”:

When I prepared for the cookie dough, I went to the wholefood store and got:

    • Glazed cherries in yellow/ green/ red   (Note: using these will stop the biscuits being sugar free, if you are sharing with others that don’t care, do some with and some without.)
    • goji berries (they are nice and red)

Christmas Paleo Sour Cream Cookies with stevia on wire rack

  • macadamia nuts
  • hazel nuts

I still had these  in my pantry:

  • sesame seeds
  • pine kernels
  • sliced almonds
  • desiccated coconut
  • golden yellow raisins
  • brown raisins
  • poppy seeds

Now, that is a long list of toppings, many textures, flavours and colours. I know glazed cherries are not particularly healthy but I got them just in case we needed more colour.

For the flours, I decided to use a mixture of gluten free alternatives, I had previously used the chestnut flour for the castagnaccio cup cakes and the  marble cake with chestnut flour, which worked really well. The almond  and coconut flour go in my morning pancakes which works really well but the sorghum flour was new to me, nerver tried it before this recipe.

  • ground Almonds (flour)
  • ground Hazelnuts
  • Sorghum flour (in indian cooking called Juwar flour)
  • Coconut flour (I think what I had was actually very fine unsweetened desicated coconut, as the coconut flour from Tiana, looks very different and I had got this unbranded stuff that does not compare)
  • Chestnut flour

 

Because the gluten free flours are known to behave very differently to normal flour, I thought if I give it a good mix it might just work out.

 

 

Makes 68 mixed small and medium sized cookies. more gluten free Christmas Paleo Sour Cream Cookies with stevia on wire rack

 

Prep time: 10 min

Cool time: over night or at least 2hours in the fridge

Cookie cutting & Decorating: 30-60 min

Baking time: 12-15 min at 180 degree Celsius

Cooling time: 15-30min


For the cookie dough you need:

    • 100g Sorghum flour
    • 100g ground Hazelnuts
    • 200g chestnut flour
    • 50g Almond flour (ground Almonds, preferably un-blanched but those are hard to get hold of)
    • 50g coconut flour
    • 6 tbsp sour cream
    • 200g unsalted Butter
    • 2-4  knife-tips Stevia-sweet 90% powder dissolved in 1 table spoons hot water

Note: getting the sweetness to the desired level is a matter of trial and error, the best thing is to start with a smaller amount of whatever Stevia you have on hand, it can be ready-use, liquid or tabs (need to be dissolved too), adding more is easier than diluting – you could end up with a huge amount of treat -Don’t have any Stevia yet? – you can always use normal sweetener products until you are set up.

 

I halved the flour after mixing it, flavouring one half with christmas spices and the other classic vanilla.
  1. couple of drops vanilla extract
  2. 2 tsp Lebkuchen spice or All spice/ pumpkin spice + 1 tsp cinnamon

NOTE: you can use normal flour to make this recipe too,  just use 500g ideally whole meal flour, if the dough is too wet just add extra flour.

 

Mix all the flours together, decide if you want to make two different flavoured batches, separate equally between two bowls.

Add the spices to the batches, mix well.

Melt the butter, and add the dissolved stevia here, mix well, then distribute evenly between both bowls (I used the scales, I was scared that I’d wreck one batch by making it too wet or too dry).

Spoon in the sour cream, mix well, get your fingers in, you can lick them off after.

Form into a lump and cover in cling film or leave in the bowl, place in fridge, ideally over night, the butter fat needs to harden out again to glue the flour together and stop the dough from sticking and crumbling.

For the Egg wash: 

Note: getting the sweetness to the desired level is a matter of trial and error, the best thing is to start with a smaller amount of whatever Stevia you have on hand, it can be ready-use, liquid or tabs (need to be dissolved too), adding more is easier than diluting – you could end up with a huge amount of treat -Don’t have any Stevia yet? – you can always use normal sweetener products until you are set up.

Mix the egg yolk with the milk and the dissolved stevia. (We made some more of the Almond Macaroons that I have posted the other day with the spare egg whites, oh man! They are so good, they were gone in a flash.)

Remove the dough about 30-60min before using from the fridge to let it soften a little.

The dough behaves remarkably similar to normal sugar cookie dough. Roll it out as usual, you dont need any additional flour, just do the rolling and cutting on greased paper and avoid moving the cookies around too much.

We just worked on one sheet each and pushed the finished decorated biscuits to the side.

Use the  egg wash with a brush to apply to cut cookies before decorating further. There were so many options for decorating, we had a bit of competition going on there.

Did I say the recipe makes 68 cookies, it might be a few more, I think I saw a couple of us keep tasting the dough during cutting and decorating.

They all looked really nice, but best of all they tasted nice too, raw and cooked.

 

Bake the decorated cookies in a pre- heated oven (180 Celsius)  for 12-15min.

Keep turning every 5 min to get even brown colour.

The cookies stay slightly soft to touch, don’t worry about it, they are ready when they have a bit of colour on them.

Leave to cool.

They will harden to normal cookie texture during cooling.

recipe for Christmas Paleo Sour Cream Cookies with stevia, sugar and gluten free

Here’s the calorie count.

If divided into 68 servings, 1 pcs approx. 38 kcals + any calories added as toppings

 

nutritional info Christmas - Sour Cream Cookie cutter Cookies with Stevia Sugar and Gluten free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you making any cookies or christmas puddings this winter season, I’d love to hear what traditional family treats you are converting into sugar free delights!

It’s been a few days since I made this recipe, and they are all gone, I am off to make some more now…..

MK xx

 

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