Snacks for Santa

Orange Cinnamon Cookies and Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Today I'm sharing some recipes for festive treats that I tried out this week and I've named this post 'Snacks for Santa' because I thought these were cute ideas to try with kids and leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve....or if like me you have no kids just bake yourself for fun!

Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Orange and Cinnnamon Cookies

These recipes are great because you can make them without dairy so you can make them vegan by substituting a few ingredients (I try to avoid dairy because it seems to affect my skin, click here to read my post about dairy causing acne).

The first idea I found on Pinterest which I will link to here

Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

3 Cups of hot chocolate (cooled)
3 Scoops of vanilla ice cream
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 Cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients together top with cream and chocolate shavings and enjoy!

I made this with Cadburys hot chocolate which isn't vegan/dairy free but you can find vegan options, I did use hazelnut milk and Alpro dairy-free vanilla ice cream. I also topped mines with cream which wasn't dairy free but you can easily skip that step.

Orange and Cinnamon Cookies

Orange and Cinnamon Cookies

125g Dairy-free spread
50g Soft light brown sugar
150g Self-raising flour
3 tsp Ground cinnamon
Grated rind of 1 orange
Sifted icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Lightly flour baking sheets.
Mix together dairy-free spread and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and cinnamon, add orange rind and mix well.
Divide the mixture into roughly 20, roll into balls and place on baking sheets. Flatten cookies with a wet fork.
Bake for 15mins, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy warm or cold.

I tried both of these recipes out for the first time and both turned out really well, I was especially happy with the cookies which looked adorable and tasted great. These are great simple recipes that don't require too many ingredients and are very easy to follow.
Happy Baking!

Hot Chocolate and Orange Cinnamon Cookies