Mama Naturelle’s Kitchen: The Best Holiday Cookies

I don’t know about you mamas, but I’m not a big winter gal. I love the magic of the holidays, but as soon as December is over, I’m miserable… I hate the cold and snow!

Although I haven’t been a fan of this cold weather creeping up, I’ve been having a blast making the holidays special for my little guy. We had our first snowfall in New York today, and Liam was mesmerized. I couldn’t get him back inside for a good hour! All he wanted to do was throw snowballs up in the air.Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 9.58.27 PM.pngWhen we came back inside, we decided to decorate some cookies together. I made my version of Czech gingerbread cookies, and, I have to say, they did not disappoint. I just have to share this simple, vegan, cookie recipe with you guys! It was perfect!

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Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 9.43.44 PM Mix together all the dry ingredients. Add in the maple syrup and oil. Use your hands to knead the dough until you achieve smooth consistency. If it’s too crumbly, add water (but not too much!) Wrap the finished ball of dough in cling film and leave in the refrigerator overnight (I left it in the fridge for 5 hours and it was perfect!)

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When you take it out the next day and find out that the dough is crumbly again, add a tiny bit of water. Roll out the dough to achieve thickness of about 4mm (no thinner, otherwise the cookies may come out too well done and hard) and cut out individual shapes. Put your cookies in a tray lined with baking paper and into a preheated oven. Bake at 375 degrees and for 10-12 minutes. When baked, let the cookies cool down before you decorate them (optional).

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The white decorating mixture is made by mixing lemon juice with confectioners sugar. Determine the ratio yourself so that it is comfortable to work with – remember that the more lemon juice you add, the more sour the icing will be (if you’re not a fan of the lemon taste, you can always do water instead.)

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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