Many years ago I had the amazing opportunity of spending Christmas in Norway with my lovely friend Marita and her family. It was a special holiday of firsts – such as driving into the mountains (in snow suits) to choose Christmas trees which we hacked down and dragged back to the car, and visiting a fishing village to choose which of the freshly caught fish would be our traditional Christmas dinner… amongst very many other happy memories.
During that holiday I learnt from my Marita’s mum and older brother how to make “melting moments” which are delicious, melt in your mouth, Norwegian, Christmas,vanilla treats. These are a variation of that recipe which I make dairy-free, gluten-free and with cocoa so they are not sweet, then I add a butter cream flavoured with vanilla for my son and peppermint for me – transforming them into little kisses!
Little Christmas Kisses – of the chocolate variety – Ingredients sunflower spread, icing sugar, gluten-free self raising flour (if you use normal self-raising flour you will also need corn flour), cocoa powder, extract of your choice – I like peppermint, my son likes vanilla, and orange works really well too!
Little Christmas Kisses – of the chocolate variety – Process (makes 32 kisses)
- Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC
- Prep some baking trays with baking paper
- In a bowl beat the following thoroughly:
- 6 oz sunflower spread
- 2 oz icing sugar
- In a separate bowl mix:
- 6½ oz gluten-free self raising flour (or 2 oz cornflour & 4½ oz normal SR flour)
- 1½ oz cocoa powder
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix very well
- Even though the mix seems wet & cloying it rolls into little balls wellRoll the mix into little balls and place on waiting baking trays
- I made 64 balls from this mix
- You can leave them rounded or flatten them with two fingers (flatter ones are easier to make into kisses!)
- Pop into the oven for 15 minutes
- Place on a colling rack once cooked and ensure they are cool thoroughly before making into kisses
- Now to prepare the butter cream…
- In a bowl beat:
- 2½ oz sunflower spread
- Beat it until it is very soft, then slowly add:
- 1C icing sugar
- Once this is mixed well you can add 1 tsp of extract to the whole lot or split it into two bowls like I do, adding ½tsp of vanilla extract to one bowl and ½tsp of peppermint extract to the other.
- If your biscuits are cool…
- spoon a dollop of icing onto one biscuit
- stick a similar sized biscuit onto the dollop of icing and press together
- Leave to set
Eat and enjoy these melt in the mouth Christmassy treats – who needs mistletoe when you have these? This post is part of #aveganholiday – a collaboration among vegan and veg-friendly bloggers. Follow along on social media with #AVeganHoliday. Want to learn more or become a contributor? Find out more here or here.