Today I had a huge craving for something sweet, so I made some Chocolate Snowballs – an easy treat that you can freeze, is a favourite with kids and a no bake. In Finland, this recipe is a very traditional sweet and often the first thing that a child learns how to make in the kitchen, since they’re super easy, hardly any ingredients, no knives involved and no stoves or ovens! I remember learning how to make this at about five years old and I still make them – over 20 years later. We often have Chocolate Snowballs at children’s parties or on Saturdays – that are the Swedish and Finnish day when children can have sweets after dinner.
The Snowballs are also very easy to make vegan or gluten free. For vegan – use vegan or milk free butter. For gluten free – use gluten free oats. I always use the darkest cocoa powder that I can find, since it brings a deeper flavour and makes it a bit less sweet and sugary.
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of water
2.5dcl (1 cup) shredded coconut
How to make them;
- Combine the sugar and the butter to a dough. The sugar and butter should be well combined and smooth. Use your hands for this.
- Add the cocoa powder, oats and the water and combine with your hands. Make sure that everything is an even dough and that there aren’t any specks of sugary butter left.
- Grab 2 flat plates. On one of them, add the shredded coconut and put the other one on the right hand side of the coconut plate.
- Roll little balls of the mix to smooth balls and the roll them in the coconut. Place the Snowballs on the empty plate.
- Once you’re done, put the Chocolate Snowballs in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and set.
I made gingerbread biscuits the other day and the final count for that was 128 biscuits at a cost of about 3€, since I had all of the ingredients at home already. The cost for every biscuit is about 2c, which is a VERY good price for a homemade biscuit. You can, of course, find the recipe a previous blog post – just search for it among the recipes. If you want to make biscuits a bit fancier you can mix 4dl of powdered sugar with 1dl water into a paste and then pipe it on the biscuits. There are food colors at the grocery shops if you want to make different colours too and it only makes them a couple of cents more expensive, depending on what brand of powdered sugar you use and if you colour the sugar paste.
I’ve just made gingerbread for Christmas thought I would share my recipe with you. It’s a basic recipe that tastes really good on its own, but you can definitely play around with the spice mix a bit. I eliminated the dry, grounded bitter orange peel because I have a severe allergy to citrus fruits. Remember that this recipe takes a bit of time to make since the dough need to rest for 24 hours before you actually make the cakes.
- 125gr butter
- 3 tbsp dark syrup
- 3/4 dl water
- 2dl granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate
- 2tsps cinnamon
- 2tsps dry ginger powder
- 2tsps bitter orange peel
- 1 tsp clove
- 8dl flour
- Measure the water, syrup and sugar in a small pot and bring it to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute and the put it aside to cool.
- Put the butter into the pot and allow it to melt while the pot cools down.
- Measure all the dry ingredients in a cake mixer, with the bread hook or cookie hook on.
- Once the butter has melted, and the pot has cooled of a bit, whisk everything together a bit.
- Put the liquid into the cake mixer and start it. First on low and the turn it up to medium.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for about 24 hours.
- Before you start rolling out the dough, put the oven on 200 degrees Celsius, 390 Fahrenheit.
- Roll out the dough and use different types of shapes to make the cookies.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade.
This recipe makes about 100-150, depending on how thick you roll the dough (and how much dough you eat 😉)
So this week my local ICA shop has some amazing deals on baking stuff, and so I had to take advantage with all the holidays coming up.
- 2x2kg flour 1.50€
- 2x1kg butter 3€
- 10 eggs 1€
- Muffin forms 50c/pack
- 4 tubes of toothpaste 4€
- 2 bottles of shampoo 2€
- 4 packs of freezer bags 2.50€
The butter, eggs and flour will come in handy when I start my Christmas baking next month!