Holiday Spiced Spelt Cookies with Vanilla Sugar

By Monday, December 15, 2014

These guys are just great. Totally fool-proof, pretty to look at and oh so tasty. They always turn out perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously chewy on the inside. They make great holiday gifts, stocking fillers or chef snacks (emphasis on the latter!!!!) They are delicious eaten on their own but even better with a big glass of milk, conjuring up magical memories of childhood Christmases. The Spelt flour works really well with the festive spices, complimenting their nutty flavour and giving them a slightly coarse texture. The addition of vanilla sugar adds a yummy crunch to each bite that brings with it a subtle vanilla twang. Too good to miss out on!

Makes 12

You will need:
110g butter, softened
150g soft brown sugar
1 egg
200g spelt flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 pinch salt
vanilla sugar, to decorate

Begin by mixing together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg, vanilla and golden syrup. Then, stir the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees/ gas 7. Then, roll out 12 balls from the mixture. Dip the tops of the biscuits in vanilla sugar and then place on a well floured baking tray. 

Bake for 10 minutes, until all cracked and golden. Leave to cool on a wired rack. Serve and enjoy! 

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