Peppermint Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies

i.e. biscuit christmas wreaths!!

hello! how has your week been?! mine has been good!! i've spent my days swapping out between watching jane the virgin, thinking about christmas, baking about christmas and reading funny internet things like this and this and this.

i've also been, as i do each summer holidays, reacquainting myself with my jane austen loves. this kicked off with watching the entire season of emma in one day and spending a thursday night tucked up with pride and prejudice (the hollywood edition) (because the bbc tv show takes a good week to get through!!). and aside from getting to see actors who play sherlock holmes also wear riding pants and frilly shirts, i was privy to the victorian idea of 'accomplished women'. 

it begs the question though - am i an accomplished woman? does baking about festive celebrations count as art? am i well read? do group facebook chats count as being active in society? do sweatpants and pjs count as high-fashion? am i chic???!!!  

i also highly doubt that accomplished women play a part in killing the rhubarb plant (rip rhubarb) or that they spend quality time each morning trying to perfect latte art. but thank the lord and queen jane austen and a publishing house in britain, because i have a book to guide me through. jane austin's guide to modern life's dilemmas has salvaged a many dreary situation and covers all things from men (duh what were you expecting?!?!) to gardening, careers and travelling. 

so perhaps i shouldn't change this blog name to a sixteen year old's journey to becoming an accomplished victorian lady, but i do feel that perhaps now i have a legit reason to spend all my time watching the screen adaptations of my favourite books.   

side note: also does making christmas wreaths in biscuit form count as "becoming accomplished"...? cos i think it does *checks the book* yep yep it counts people!!!

notes: these biscuits are quite crunchy and hard, although i don't mind that. it's a sort of byproduct of using coconut oil, but if you were after a softer cookie, i would firstly, bake them for less time, but also use about 2 tb less flour. this recipe is based off this one here and is vegan. i wouldn't suggest subbing the flour for a gluten-free version, as i feel that these biscuits need the binding nature of glutenous flour to stick together (especially given that there is no egg).  


Coconut Oil Sugar Cookie Wreaths

{makes 18 cookies}

method

preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line two baking trays with baking/parchment paper. 

begin by combining your coconut oil and the icing sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer on high, until pale and creamy looking. 

in a jug, whisk the extracts into the milk and then add the milk in portions into the coconut oil mix, beating well in between additions. 

in a separate bowl, whisk the baking powder and the flour together. similarly to the milk, add this to the now combined wet ingredients in portions mixing very gently on low speed in between each addition.

if the mixture is too dry, add 1 tb more almond milk. conversely, if it is too wet, add 1 tb more flour as needed. 

turn your dough out onto a floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll it out until it's about 1/2 cm thick. using a cookie cutter (i used a doughnut one to make them look like christmas wreaths!!) cut out as many biscuits as possible. you can re-roll your dough out about 3 times, although any more than that will affect the quality of the biscuit, as you'll have overworked the dough. 

bake them on lined for 15-20 mins or until lightly golden. leave them to cool completely before icing, on a wire rack. 

to make the icing

cream the butter and the sugar together. slowly add the food colouring until a desired colour is achieved. add as much almond milk as needed until a pipe-able consistency is reached. if you live in a warmer climate, you'll need less milk, if you live in a cooler climate, you'll need more. 

pipe the icing onto the biscuits once they are cooled completely. top with some optional sugar balls (fake wreath decor!!) and store in a sealed container.   

ingredients

5  tb coconut oil (melted only slightly)

1 1/2 c icing sugar

3 tb  unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 cups plain flour


for the icing

1/4 tsp green food colouring 

1 tb vegan butter 

1 1/2 c icing sugar

1-2 tb almond milk (as needed )


p.s. i hope you like the new header changes!! 

- jess :)