It's Australia Day next week - a time of year that always reminds me of my Granma. She's not with us anymore but she was always so passionate about Australia Day and reminded us that we should be grateful that we live in such a wonderful country. I'm from a really big family (my mum is one of seven) and Granma always went to visit everyone to make sure we had Australia Day tattoos, flags and whatever else she could find to get us into the spirit of the day.
I decided to do a recipe this week that you could use for snacks or parties that could pass as Australian. Okay, so these aren't traditional lamingtons but my kids are really into cookies so I thought we'd break with tradition and make some Lamington Cookies.
Australia Day Lamington Cookies Recipe
Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free, refined sugar free
½ cup (45g) desiccated coconut
¾ cup (105g) sorghum (or rice flour)
½ cup (60g) arrowroot starch
1 tsp xanthan gum (or guar gum)
2/3 cup (100g) coconut sugar (or rapadura / sugar)
½ tsp bi-carb soda
¼ cup coconut oil (40g), solid (pop in the fridge for a few minutes if liquid)
2 tbsps (40mls) cold water from fridge
- Pre-heat oven to 170° C
- Line a tray with baking paper
- Grind together all dry ingredients in a food processor (if using a Thermomix grind on speed 9 for 10 secs)
- Add solid coconut oil and blitz for a few seconds until it resembles breadcrumbs (if using a Thermomix mix on speed 5 for 5 secs)
- Add cold water and mix again until thoroughly combined – it will still look crumbly (if using a Thermomix combine on speed 5 for 5 secs, scrape down and repeat if necessary)
- Roll into balls with damp hands and press down with a fork
- Bake for approximately 12 - 15 minutes until cooked to your liking (the longer you leave them the crunchier they will be)
- Leave on tray for 5 minutes and then carefully put on a wire rack to cool
- Grind together coconut sugar and cacao until there are no lumps (if using a Thermomix grind on speed 9 for 10 secs)
- Place dry icing ingredients into a small bowl and add enough filtered water to make a runny icing
- Drizzle icing mixture over the cookies
- Decorate with desiccated coconut OR white Hopper Sprinkles if your kids say they don't like coconut like mine!
Enjoy! Lisa x
PS. I hope you have a wonderful Australia Day with your family celebrating how lucky we are to live in this wonderful country!