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Funny little face cookies (from ‘Bee’s Brilliant Biscuits’)

Many summers ago, when we organised one of our first ShopUps in London, we had the cutest personalised ShopUp cookies made by Bee’s Bakery. Fast forward five years and Bee now has a baby, published two recipe books and specializes in plant-based and allergy friendly bakes! This girl has been busy!

Because we all love biscuits here at Babyccino (I mean, duh), Bee was so kind to share this recipe for Funny Little Face cookies with us from her book ‘Bee’s Brilliant Biscuits‘. The recipe is simple and so fun to make and can be vegan as well as dairy and gluten free. Here goes!

Funny Little Face cookies

Funny little face cookies

These cookies are perfect for making with little people, who can help with dipping the tops of the cookies into melted chocolate to make the “hair”. Totally personalisable, the base recipe below has dairy and gluten free adaptations, and the dough can be coloured using cocoa powder and spices depending on your taste.

Making the actual face imprint is simple too, you’ll just need kit that you probably already have in your kitchen – a teaspoon, a blunt butter knife and some cocktail sticks or a skewer – to poke shapes into the dough before baking. If you’re not happy with the design, just re-roll the dough and try again!

If you fancy getting really creative, you can try to create faces that look like friends and family members, or design a cookie as a gift for a friend.

Ingredients
(Makes around ten cookies)

For the vanilla cookie dough:

  • 280 g white plain flour (for gluten free cookies, sub 50% ground almonds and 50% plain GF flour mix)
  • 140 g solid vegan “butter” e.g. Naturli or Stork baking block (cows milk butter works too)
  • 140 g caster (or soft brown) sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 heaped tbsp ground flax seeds, mixed with 4 tbsp boiling water and left for a min to thicken) (A chickens egg works too)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional extras: 1 tbsp cocoa powder, or 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon together

For the cookie “hair”:

  • Around 100g melted dark chocolate (check the labelling if dairy free is required)
  • Optional extras: milk or white chocolate, sprinkles, or dustings of cocoa powder.

Method

Prepare the flax egg and preheat your oven to 175 celsius / 350 farenheit / Gas mark 4 fan. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, with clean hands, crumble, squish and crunch the fat into the flour, until you have a mixture resembling fine breadcrumbs. Add in the flax / chicken egg, vanilla and sugar. Then, for a lovely spiced cookie dough, add the cinnamon and ginger and mix well. Or for a chocolatey dough, add 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder. Mix again with a wooden spoon or your hands until you have a firm dough.

Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and cut out rounds using a cookie cutter or the rim of a small plastic beaker. Then place these on your baking tray with a few cm between each one. Make a few different impressions in the dough using your teaspoon / blunt knife etc, to create a range of smiley face shapes.

Get a little bit creative here! Try a cheeky angled smile, or different shapes created with the handle end of a teaspoon for the nose. The ends of chopsticks make great little eyes and the edge of a bigger spoon can depict a hat or fringe!

Squish any dough scraps together, and re-roll until it’s all gone (or wrap and freeze for a month). Bake shapes of similar sizes on the same tray (e.g. small shapes on one tray, big on another), for between 8 – 14 mins depending on size. Allow to cool (5 mins) before decorating.

To decorate

Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 30s on full power. Then stir well in between each additional ten second blast, to ensure it doesn’t burn.

When your cookies are cool and you’re ready to dip, start the sides of the hair first, then the top. Shake off any excess chocolate before laying them down to set on your now cool baking tray.

Try a few different hairstyles, from quirky side partings, to a beard, or a tuft of hair on top. Try curly hair by drizzling in tight circles. Add sprinkles or a scattering of cocoa powder if you like.

Allow the chocolate on your cookies to set before eating and enjoy your funny little face cookies!

 

Thank you for sharing Bee!

xxx Esther

PS Alfajores! Delicious cookies from Uruguay that Courtney discovered on her travels 4 years ago :).


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Comments (1)

Joanna
May 29, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing baking ideas that take food allergies into account. I just bought that book – thank you for your work Bee!


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