Thursday, 24 December 2020

Grinch Christmas Cookies

 Chewy vanilla cookies inspired by the one and only The Grinch!

Fun fact for you, my favourite Christmas film is The Grinch - Jim Carey version if course, though I recently watched the newest animation and I loved it! I will watch The Grinch every year no matter what, usually alone as none of my family like it (the long furry fingers creeps them out) and I every time I watch it I want to be a Who! The cute little village, the decorations are so cute and I definitely would like to make a cake decorated like the town of Whoville. For now though I leave you with my Grinch inspired cookies. I based them off of my easy Mini Egg Easter Cookies and swapped out the eggs for the smarties!

Let's talk about the smarties actually - I know I run a vegan blog, but these were kindly gifted to me from a friend in Canada and as weird as it sounds, my friends don't like to receive chocolate haha. So I thought instead of wasting them, which I NEVER do, never ever waste food, I was use them in a bake and then my family can eat them. So no they aren't a completely vegan cookie, but the dough IS vegan, and if you want to swap out the smarties for vegan alternatives definitely do it! That was my original intention but 1) I couldn't find red and green vegan chocolates in the UK? and 2) you can use Doisy and Dam coloured chocolate drops but they aren't red or green so not with the theme you know!
Anyway, enjoy these cookies if you make them, they are super easy and perfect to make at Christmas time!

Check out my other cookie recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Serves: 16 cookies

Ingredients

115g Vegan butter
100g Caster sugar
100g Light brown sugar
60ml Soya milk
250g Plain flour
2 tsp Green food colouring
1tsp Vanilla extract
1tsp Baking soda
Pinch of salt
2tsp Cornflour
200g red and green chocolates or smarties like I used

Method

✿In an electric mixer cream together the butter and both sugars. Then add the soya milk and vanilla and mix.
✿In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cornflour. 
✿Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well together. Now add the food colouring and stir until the dough is green. Only add a little at a time to get your desired colour - the best green for The grinch is more of a lime-ish green! Fold in 150g of smarties till evenly combined - you will have a thick cookie dough so do this with a wooden spoon.
✿Preheat your oven to 180℃ and line your baking trays with baking paper. I had to use 3 as they need room to spread out.
✿Take about a tbsp of cookie dough and using your hands roll into balls. I had to go back and add more cookie dough to some of my balls so don't be scared to use as little or as much as you need to.
✿Make sure the cookie dough balls are spread out on the trays and then bake in the oven for 12 minutes until slightly brown on top - no longer or they will be more crispy. 
✿Once they are out of the oven, press the rest of the mini eggs into the cookies and then leave to cool and firm up. 
✿Store in an airtight container at room temp - best eaten on the first few days. Enjoy!

Christina
xx
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