Dairy-Free Cinnamon Cookies

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
20 cookies
35 min

Super tasty alternative to the classic gingerbread for Christmas!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite partial to the traditional gingerbread men. Every year around Christmas I make a huge batch and give them out as gifts to people. However I also like to experiment a lot and that is where most of my recipes come from.

The idea for these particular biscuits came about when I was making a pie and I had quite a bit of shortcrust pastry leftover. I decided to mix it in with some different spices and use some Christmassy cookie cutters. The result was a success! They were all gone in no time and I’ve had a request from the family to make more. I made them in the shape of extra small gingerbread men and trees and put them in a bowl for a festive afternoon snack.

I’m also sharing with you here my super tried-and-tested recipe for shortbread, which has no butter! This not only makes it a bit healthier and dairy-free, but it also makes it quicker as there is no refrigerator time involved like there is for traditional one.

Dairy-Free Cinnamon Cookies
Recipe details
  • 20  cookies
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 3/4 cups self-raising flour (or all-purpose flour plus 3 tsp baking powder)
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup if giving to under 1s)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Mix the eggs with the sugar, honey, cinnamon, salt, and oil, then start adding the flour bit by bit whilst mixing.
When all the flour is mixed in and the dough is starting to come together, capsize on a worktop and start kneading it until you get a smooth ball. You know your dough is ready when it doesn’t stick to your hands anymore.
Flatten the dough with a rolling pin, cut out your biscuits using a cookie cutter and transfer them onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Knead the remaining dough, roll it and cut out more cookies until you finish it all.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 3f6F for 10-15 minutes until golden and hardened. Leave to cool completely before eating.
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