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Gently spiced, and speckled with apricots and prunes, these soft little cookies encapsulate all the lovely flavours of a hot cross bun. It's a simple recipe to prepare, and the little ones just love to get involved. Best enjoyed within a few days of making.
By Eleanor Ozich
You will need:
1 cup ground almonds 4 tbsp almond butter 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted 4 tbsp honey, melted 1 free range egg 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pure vanilla extract zest of one orange 1/4 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped 1/4 cup prunes, diced 1/4 cup apricots, diced For the cinnamon buttercream:
3/4 cup cream cheese or mascarpone, softened 2 tbsp soft butter 1 cup unrefined icing sugar 1 tsp cinnamon
To prepare: Preheat the oven to 170°C, and line a tray with baking paper.
Place all cookie ingredients in a bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
The dough will be a little sticky, don't worry.
Using damp hands, roll into small balls and place 2cm apart on the baking tray. Press down gently using your fingers or a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool. Gradually mix together the buttercream ingredients, until smooth and creamy. You can add a little more icing sugar or a splash or water if the consistency isn't quite right. Spoon into a piping bag with a round nozzle, or a sandwich bag, snipping off one corner. Pipe crosses onto each cookie.
Makes 10 cookies.
Enjoy snacking on these delicious hot cross cookies with your little bunnies this Easter! x
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