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Cinnamon Biscuits

Cinnamon Biscuits

The Story

The recipe I’m about to share is the same one my sister prepared for me on the first snowy day a few years ago (read the story here). 

It’s the very recipe that I still enthusiastically make on cold winter afternoons for the few adventurous friends who come to visit me here in the middle of nowhere. Today, however, having become more mindful of my diet but not wanting to give up the taste of sweets, I’ve decided to replace some ingredients to create something flavorful yet not too heavy on my stomach. So, alongside the original ingredients, I’ll indicate you the ones I occasionally substitute, so you can have the “healthier version” of the recipe too.

Lastly, the shape you give to the biscuits is up to you, Laura’s biscuits didn’t have any specific shape. They took on the shape of her hand or the spoon she used to place the dough on the baking sheet. But we liked them that way because what mattered was being together.

If you want to decorate them with icing, create special shapes, or even color them, go ahead! Let your imagination run wild and capture what snowflakes evoke for you.

Ingredients for 4 People

120 grams of flour (I now use quinoa or rice flour)
70 grams of sugar (which can be replaced with coconut sugar)
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2-3 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (you can also make your own with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for about half a kilo of flour)
Zest of one grated orange
Approximately 60 grams of butter (or, for a healthier option, extra virgin olive oil)
1 egg (not strictly necessary)
Milk as needed (which can be replaced with oat, rice, coconut, or almond milk)

Preparation

Mix the flour with the sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, orange zest, and baking powder.
Add the egg and softened butter to the mixture. Continue working the dough with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can leave it outside if the temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius.
Roll out the dough and shape each biscuit as desired.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 10-15 minutes.

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