Can you smell it? The Holiday spice that is. There is something wonderful about the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Not to mention comforting. Makes me want to break out the spatula and start baking! (Corny Cotter Alert.)
So imagine gifting these spices and/or creating a recipe with them. Yep, that’s my plan! My second recipe for “budget friendly” Home Baked Gifts is a Sugar and Spice Cookie Recipe that you can either make for someone and add in a few small container of organic spices;
You can be a Nutrition NERD like me and write out all the health benefits of each spice, tag them on a small Ziploc bag, and then put them in a basket along with the recipe for these cookies and a jar with the batter mix.
Maybe write something like this—>
A little naughty and nice gift! Sugar and Spice Gluten Free Cookies. But let’s focus on the nice. These Holiday Spices are actually HEALTHY for you and are good for all kinds of recovery for the body.
** Although feel free to leave out the facts about curing intestinal gas. hehe.
Combined with other spices it can help calm or reduce stress.
Used as a digestive tonic
Can help reduce asthma
Fights depression and anxiety
It has anti-inflammatory effect.
· It reduces LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol.
· Helps stabilize blood sugar
· Has natural anti-infectious compounds.
· Help Reduce inflammation.
· Full of antioxidants
· Can help ease digestion and intestinal gas
· Can help ease Nausea
· Great anti-inflammatory
· Eases stomach pressure/gas
· Can help clear sinuses
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup raw sugar (you can use brown sugar too)
- stevia –1 tsp (add 2 if you want them extra sweet)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup 1/2 all purpose GF flour (or flour of choice)
- 3 tbsp coconut flour or other flour for rolling and pressing- I also used a lot on my hands and on parchment paper to roll the dough into balls then press with fork.
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves (about 1/2 tsp of each)
- powdered sugar (optional)
1. mix applesauce, sugar, and banana together in bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla.
2. Stir remaining ingredients together and add. Mix well or use beater on low. Add a little more applesauce if it get to be too dry.
3. Flour your counter and transfer dough. Make sure to cover your hands in flour as well in order to keep the dough from getting to goopy.
4. Roll into 1-2 inch balls. Place them on a greased baking sheet and press down with fork. Bake in 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven until golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. Allow a bit more baking time if rolled thicker.
5. Once out of the oven and cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon. This of course is optional but it’s good.
See, it all evens out. Sugar and Spice for the win!
So go ahead, make these for “budget friendly” Holiday gift or Cookie Swap!
Friday’s post will be a Savory and Spicy Home baked gift idea along with a “best of” recipe round up for the year! WOO!
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What’s your favorite Spice?