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Vanilla Wreaths. Delicious, Danish, melt-in-your-mouth-good christmas cookies. This time in a healthier version. #healthified #christmas

December is undoubtedly the most busy month of the year. Am I right or am right?

Luckily all the plans for December are always great. I look forward to every single event and enjoy everything. Wonderful December. This weekend I went on a tour with the musical-team. We went up north for practicing the entire weekend. That was so much fun. Sunday I went to see the Nutcracker with my mom and the last two days I’ve been doing a Christmas show with the musical team. Wonderful days.

Vanilla Wreaths. Delicious, Danish, melt-in-your-mouth-good christmas cookies. This time in a healthier version. #healthified #christmas

I love December. There is just one downside about the month: It seems to be dark constantly. Living in the North is not fun in the wintertime. I bike to school in darkness and when I come home it is almost dark again. At least too dark for taking photos. I just managed to photograph these lovely cookies on a day where my two first lessons had been cancelled. Yay!

Vanilla Wreaths. Delicious, Danish, melt-in-your-mouth-good christmas cookies. This time in a healthier version. #healthified #christmas

A typical Danish Christmas cookies is one called Vanilla Wreaths. I’ve mentioned them before. They are definitely one of my favorites. But not very healthy. They basically consist of butter, sugar and flour (oh, and a tiny bit of almonds). So I was determined to make them healthier.

These aren’t completely healthy. Actually they are “half-healthy”. I subbed half of the butter for almond butter. Half of the flour for almond flour and wholewheat flour and half of the sugar for honey. I didn’t dare making them completely healthy since they were for my entire family, and my mother and brother can tell immediately if cookies and cakes are healthy.

But not these ones! They both said they were amazing. Even after I told them, the cookies were half way healthy they still claimed they were fantastic. Win!

Vanilla Wreaths. Delicious, Danish, melt-in-your-mouth-good christmas cookies. This time in a healthier version. #healthified #christmas

Ladys and gentlemen. I’m happy to introduce you to one of my favorite Christmas cookies: The vanilla wreaths.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Wreaths
 
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Serves: 70
Ingredients
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) almonds
  • 100 g. (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp.) flour
  • 30 g. wholewheat flour
  • 50 g. (2/3 cup) almond flour
  • 50 g. (1/3 cup) potato flour
  • Vanilla (you can either use the beans from on pod or 2 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 50 g. caster sugar
  • 80 g. cold butter
  • 50 g. almond butter
  • 50 g. maple syrup or honey
  • 1 egg white
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F.
  2. Blanc the almonds and grind them finely (but not until it becomes flour) in a food processor.
  3. In a big bowl mix together ground almonds, flour, almond flour, whole wheat flour, potato flour and caster sugar (and the vanilla if using beans).
  4. Cube the cold butter and mix it into the flour-mix. Use your hands to crumble it into the flour until there are lumps no bigger than peas.
  5. Add in the almond butter and honey/ syrup (and vanilla if using vanilla extract).
  6. Mix in the egg white.
  7. Shaping the wreaths: 1) For the "real vanilla wreath look" use a meat mincer with a star whole on. This is how we usually do in Denmark, but I'm not sure if you can get such star holes other places. 2) You could also roll the dough into long "sausages" no thicker than your little finger. 3) Add the dough to a piping bag with a star-tip on it. This way you also get the "vanilla wreath look". It might be a good idea to add another egg then, for making it easier to shape the cookies.
  8. Bake for 5-7 minutes (watch out - they do not taste good burned)
  9. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

 

17 responses to “Vanilla Wreaths”

  1. caileejoy says:

    I just love how you take treats and goodies and make them healthy!! Thanks for sharing girl!!

  2. tohercore says:

    These sound great, love that you have health-ified them a bit too :) Will have to give them a try!

  3. I love how festive and fun these wreath cookies turned out! And even better is how much healthier they seem than the average cookie!

  4. December is such a busy year. You are right! I hope you have fun on stage! I love how healthy and yummy theses cookies are!! :)

  5. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    Lack of light must be terrible indeed :–( Glad to see you managed to photograph these cookies, they look so darling! And I love how you made them healthier. They look just as delish! o

  6. These look delicious! I must give them a try :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. These cookies look great Josefine! i love that they’re healthy too!

  8. Yum all this cookie baking is making me so excited for Christmas!! These look soo good!

  9. These look pretty! I love how rustic they look!

  10. December is certainly busy but it’s a good busy. :) I love it when cookies are pretty and yours definitely fit the bill!

  11. Rika says:

    Such a cute blog! I remembered these Danish cookies – they were popular all year long especially the big holidays! We lived in Aarhus few years ago ;) God jul! :)

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