Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas cookies and the date plum fruit

Merry Christmas! I hope today and the rest of the holiday days are filled with warmth, health and happiness!

What's Christmas without cookies? It's like Christmas without gifts or a Christmas tree! So here are some Art of Real Food style cookies, both healthy and delicious!

To make about 40 cookies, you would need at least 2 hours. You can start making the dough on day one and finish baking on day 2.

First, get your hands on some pretty shapes so you have hearts, trees, elk, stars or crescents for your cookies. Then, you are ready to start.

For the dough, you need:

3 cups flour (rye and spelt)
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tbsp ground cloves
1/2 tbsp nutmeg
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup honey (or molasses)
1 egg
1-2 tbsp sweet red wine or port
flour for rolling

Raw cookies, small before baking, but see after?

You can add nuts and raisins, too

Mix all dry ingredients together (flour and all dry spices, baking soda and salt) and set aside in a large bowl. On the stove, over medium heat, melt butter, grated ginger and honey (molasses). After they have melted thoroughly, start slowly whisking the liquid and the egg into the dry ingredients. In a while you will have sticky dough. Put that in the fridge for an hour or overnight.

After you take the dough out, take a small portion of it out (slightly bigger than a baseball) and put flour on it so it's completely covered. Rolling it out into a 4-5 mm thin sheet. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out and place on a baking sheet. Bake cookies in a 375F (180C) oven for about 20 minutes and store in a cookie jar.

If you like, you can add raisins, nuts or more spices to your cookies, but the better you make them, the faster you'll eat them, so watch out!

What about the date plum tree?

Seems like a great time of the year to find a new type of fruit. My father stumbled upon it at the market, where the guy who sold it to him called it a Caucasus date. Seems like it's more popular for breeding persimmons since the roots of that tree make it large and sturdy.

Anyways, it was meaty, sweet and delicious. I don't think there will be many recipes with it coming, since it seems to be pretty rare.

Tiny date plums (Кавказка хурма )

Тhat's the sweet date plum inside

Wishing you all the best this Christmas! Be happy and healthy!


  1. The cookies look great!

    We can get some dried persimmons here and see if they live up to the date plum. Maybe you can dream up some recipes yet.

  2. The cookies look so nice :). And the flavours almost match my mother's spiciest cookies dough - she adds coffee and a tiny bit of black pepper too.


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