Homemade cinnamon & almond stars
These stars were the result of a big baking experiment last week and it turned into one of the best Christmas bakes as these almond stars were born! They’re the simplest things in the world to make and depending on the cutter shape you use will steer the occasion! I’ve gone for stars this time round, but next week I will use my snowman cutters and leave them out for Santa on Christmas Eve and pray he’s not hungry so I can eat them on Christmas morning!
If you have a food processor you can blend all your ingredients at once which only takes a couple of minutes, and then it’s just a case of rolling your almond ‘dough’ out and getting pressing with your shapes!
They’re delicious served warm straight out of the oven or cold with a warm cuppa and are the perfect sweet treat to feed your guests over Christmas, whilst keeping healthy at the same time!
Keep them in a tin out of reach of biscuit loving people, otherwise they will be devoured in record timing, but they only take 15 minutes to make so you can quite happily re-bake another batch if this is the case!
For an extra Christmas touch you could pop some unsweetened cranberries in there or the zest of half an orange but they are perfect the way they are! I hope you love them.
Merry soon to be Christmas!
- 200g of ground almonds
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- 10 medjool dates (200g), stones removed
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut for decoration (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor, ensuring the all stones from the dates are removed.
- Mix thoroughly until the dates are well combined with the almonds. The mixture should be moist and able to stick together to form a dough.
- Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until it’s about 3mm thick.
- Using a shaped cutter (I usually do stars or hearts) cut out as many shapes as you can. You may need to re-roll the dough trimmings dough couple of times to allow you to use up all the mixture.
- Using a spatula, transfer the shapes onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven for 7 minutes, or until the pastry goes golden brown in colour.
- Remove from the oven, leave to cool before lifting the biscuits off the trays.
- Dust with some cinnamon or desiccated coconut and enjoy hot or cold!