Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

These Cinnamon Christmas Cookies are my eldest daughter’s favourite cookie.  In NZ it is great as Xmas baking season coincides with all the raspberries ripening and fresh raspberry jam!  These really are so much better with fresh jam, but don’t worry if you don’t have it..they still taste amazing and make the house smell sensational. These are a feature on our plates of xmas baking for gifts every single year 🙂

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

 

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Honestly, this is only very loosely Christmas-related but everybody LOVES it!  Other than the peppermint-hating crowd….We actually make the slice year round but add these decorations on the top for Christmas.  We cut it into slices and add it to our selection of Christmas baking we gift to our wonderful teachers and friends. This recipe is dairy, egg and nut free. It could be made gluten-free by using gluten free chocolate biscuits (I have used the Leda peppermint ones and its quite delicious!), and checking the marshmallows and icing sugar are gluten free.  

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

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White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

This White Christmas Slice is not my original recipe (there are many versions floating around the internet such as this one), but one I have adapted slightly to work for our allergy household.  It is part of the Christmas cookie/baking selection we make every year to gift to family, friends and teachers.  It is dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free so okay for all of my kids and they love it!  Truthfully Miss 5 painstakingly picks out all the currants but other than that it’s a huge success.  It also keeps for a couple of weeks in sealed containers in the fridge 🙂

White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

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Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

One of the jobs I absolutely loved doing at Xmas time when I was a pastry chef on cruise ships was making all the Xmas cookies and gingerbread villages.  It was about as close to a Northern Hemisphere Christmas as I’ve ever had and it all seemed really magical.  So ever since my eldest was old enough to bake with me, we’ve made our own allergy-friendly cookies every year and we gift them to preschool and school teachers and our beautiful friends.  

Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

These Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls are an adapted recipe from a dear Austrian chef I worked for many moons ago.  Of course we made them with rich butter and eggs so they’ve needed a few changes for our household.  The key to these is leaving them in a sealed container of vanilla-enriched icing sugar for a few days.  The smell is divine!

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Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

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Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free 

*contains coconut

Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

This slice reminds me of my childhood in Australia eating cherry ripe slices.  This was a small window of time in my entire life when I was thought to have grown out of my dairy allergy.  I was extremely allergic as a baby, but in fact my symptoms just changed over time and eventually I was able to verbalise how I was feeling inside.  The combination of this with many years of sinus infections and generally feeling pretty rubbish led to me excluding dairy from my diet once again.  I unfortunately ended up very allergic once again after the birth of my first child, and have had a few anaphylactic reactions since then meaning I try hard to remain dairy free now.  This has been relatively straight-forward since all three children are dairy-allergic, until recently when a surprise exposure to dairy in my eldest has found us doing the milk ladder.  So we have had to adjust to having small amounts of dairy in the house again.  It’s been a challenge for me to stay away from them as I have zero self-restraint, especially when it comes to chocolate biscuits!  So, I decided to revisit these bars I made about a year ago for a magazine publication.  Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂 

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Vegan Macarons

These Vegan Macarons are egg, wheat and dairy free but contain nuts.

My daughter turned 10 recently and I made the terrible mistake of asking her what cake she would like.  DO NOT DO THIS!  10 year olds are very tech savvy, and next thing I had an email with a picture of THE EXACT CAKE she wanted from Pinterest.  ARRRGGGHHH.  But I think I kind of delivered…it wasn’t an exact replica but not too bad.  It did take quite a while though, and because she is egg and dairy free, I had to be a bit creative.  It had macarons on, and I wasn’t optimistic I could pull these off with aquafaba, given how temperamental they can be just with egg, but I’m pleased to announce they worked first try!

Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

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Chocolate Rhubarb Tart

Chocolate Rhubarb Tart

Dairy free and Egg  free

I absolutely love the Hunter Gatherer Gourmet mixes and I was lucky enough to get one of the chocolate ones at the Food Show recently which had been sitting in my pantry waiting for inspiration to hit me.  A dear friend also popped a box of freshly cut rhubarb from her garden (love gardening foodie friends!!!) and was coming over for a playdate so I thought I’d try to pair the two together even though chocolate and rhubarb is a slightly weird combination??  So I created this Chocolate Rhubarb Tart and it was really good! If you can’t get the baking mix or it doesn’t fit with your allergies, you can substitute any brownie mix that works for you.

 

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Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

These Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies were made using the super yummy chocolate mix from Hunter Gatherer Gourmet, but I have included a recipe for my own chocolate brownies (recipe here) if you aren’t able to source this or can’t tolerate nuts.  It is layered up with a soft strawberry flavoured ‘cream’.  It does set firm in the fridge if you want a more structured look, but I love the soft, gloopy, chocolate-strawberry mish-mash.

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Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

These Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates are dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free. If you need to avoid soy, they are soy free without the chocolate covering and make a very nice slice.  They do take a wee bit of time to do, but definitely worth the challenge!

Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

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Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins

Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins

We usually make these Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins as part of our Christmas presents to teachers as I think they are a really lovely gift….you really wouldn’t know it was an ‘adapted-for-allergies’ version!  My 9 year old has always loved making wee presents for her extended family so she asked if we could make these for her Grandparents the other day.  I had a ton of requests for the recipe after I shared a pic on Instagram, so here goes!  We hope you all love them too 🙂

egg, dairy, nut and gluten free peppermint thins

Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins

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