It’s school holidays here. It doesn’t affect our little family much except for one thing, the parks are SO much more crowded. Big kids having a wonderful play can be a bit daunting for Adventure Girl and Dash so we tend to avoid our usual haunts and either go to BIG open spaces to ride bikes, the beach, or make more fun at home. We’re making fun at home today with my version of play dough. The cookable, tasty kind that I can bring out at various times during the week for little hands to hold, roll, squish, shape and cut. We then bake them and have the most delicious snacks. The recipe I adapted these from calls for sugar, I leave this out entirely but do add maple syrup in replacement for molasses. Without the egg it’s edible in a raw form and could possibly be made with GF flour, although I haven’t tried this. I should though, Mr Incredible always comes home to a house smelling of cinnamon and ginger and feels quite left out that he can’t share in the treats!
Wholemeal Spiced Cookies
Adapted from http://wholesomekids.com.au/spelt-and-chia-ginger-cookies-nut-freeegg-free/
- 300g wholemeal flour
- 150g butter
- 50g maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3tbsp water
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 1/4tsp bicarb soda
- pinch salt
- Combine chia seeds and water in a small cup and let sit for 5 minutes to gel.
- While this is happening, in a food processor cream butter and maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients, including chia gel, in the food processor and mix well till a nice dough ball forms
- Cover dough a refrigerate for half an hour to make it easier to handle while rolling.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Roll dough out to a thickness of roughly 4-5mm and cut desired shapes, transferring onto a baking paper lined tray.
- Cook in the oven for 12-15minutes, still should be slightly “cushiony” when ready, and will crisp up as they cool.
- On occasion I’m so focused on cooking with the kids and forget to do step one separately and instead add the flour in the first step… don’t worry if you do this! It will still work out fine 🙂
- The dough can be portioned out over a few days. Don’t feel like you need to use it all at once, just break off what you want to use for a moment of play and keep the rest chilled until the next day.
- These are egg free, nut free and can be made to be gluten free.