Our favorite time in the winter season is when we decorating the Christmas tree. Baking and crating yummy things we can hang on the tree. Each day the kids can get one or two 🙂 cookies from the tree as we get closer to the Christmas Eve, the day when we open the presents.
So here’s two recipe that we make to decorate our Christmas tree every year. One of the recipe is gluten, dairy and processed sugar free the other special candy is a traditional Hungarian treat that is so popular there that I’ve never seen a Christmas tree without it. There’s many kind but I’m gonna share our favorite one the marzipan Christmas candy in a special wrapping.
Christmas candy (gluten, dairy and processed sugar free, vegan)
2 cups of almond flour
1/3 cup of maple syrup
3 tsp almond flavor
1 cup of cocoa butter (not melted when I measure it) mine were flat chunks, see video for farther visual on the amount on the bottom of this post.
I melt the cocoa butter on a very low setting be careful it can burn quickly, it will melt very fast. I mix the almond flour, maple syrup and almond flavor and finally I add the melted cocoa butter. The cocoa butter has a very nice white chocolate taste paired with the maple syrup and it doesn’t melt on the room temperature so it’s my ultimate “glue” to must of my sweets that are raw and unbaked. Once it’s all combined I put it in the fridge for 15 minutes (not more) so it’s still easy to form a shape that is similar to an egg and the size are about 2 tbsp. (see more on that in the video). I like to place them on silicone mat so it will be easy to remove and wrap them. I put it back to the fridge for at least for an hour but the longer you keep there is the better preferably for a few hours.
The wrapping that will give the ultimate traditional look of the originally called “szaloncukor”. All you need is a white tissue paper, scissor and a little wrapping foils that you can see in the video. If you looking for the same wrapper I have it in my amazon store, under the kitchen section and you can find my amazon store at the top of the home page. It’s very simple just place the foil first on the table then the white tissue paper that has been cut in with little sections on the both ends. Place the marzipan on the top and roll them up. You can see in detail in the video on the bottom of this post. We put this on the Christmas tree and use it in the kids stocking as well.
The other recipe is the honey cookie. I guarantee you if you make this cookie your house will smell amazing! I had many errors while I tried to recreate the original recipe that required processed sugar, gluten and dairy but now I’m safe to say it has the perfect texture and it’s the closest to the original one and we been enjoying it for years now.
I doubled this recipe since we wanted to make a good amount that we can use, to decorate the tree and let’s be honest we eat them very fast.
1 cup honey
3 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp orange flavor
Melt this 3 ingredients gently make sure not to make it too warm just to be able to work with it or the dough will be sticky)
1 and a 1/2 cup gluten free flour mix ( I use the one from Costco the Namaste brand)
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix ( you can add a little ginger too if you want)
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. I keep extra flour on the side to work with the dough but not more then just a slight coat as I roll them out otherwise the cookie will be too dry. I roll them out for about a quarter inch (half a cm) and I cut out the shapes. I bake them on 350 F (60C) for about 8 to 10 minutes it depends on your oven but stay near to the oven, it get’s brown really fast because it has honey in it. Everything with honey get’s burned very fast so if you see the side of the cookies are getting slightly browner the the middle remove them form the oven quickly. Wait until it’s chilled (ha ha if you can, we have to taste it when it’s still hot because it’s smells so good) If you wanna hang it on a the tree use a straw to create a hole to hang them before baking.
Here’s two video for you to enjoy!