Insta-Recipe: Hot Cross Bun Cookies

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Easter is fast on it's way here and it time to get your bake on with these delicious hot cross bun inspired cookies. They are fragrantly spice with cinnamon and mixed spice and pops of sweetness from the mixed fruit scattered through out the dough. They are a resemblence of a nice hot cross bun in cookie form.

They even are finished with a cross icing to make them authentic through and through.

A bit of Hot Cross Bun history for you thanks to wikipedia....

In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Lent, beginning with the evening before Ash Wednesday through to Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. They are believed by some to pre-date Christianity, although the first recorded use of the term "hot cross bun" was not until 1733.

There are many stories as to when the first Hot Cross Buns were made, and the story I like is related to the Anglo Saxons. It comes from Alan Davidson's "The Oxford Companion to Food". He tells us they were first made in honor of their goddess of Spring, Eostre, from whom the name Easter is derived. Today they are traditionally served at Easter and there is a superstition that Hot Cross Buns baked on Good Friday never became moldy and it was good luck to save one bun until the next year's buns were made. {From The Joy of Baking}

A traditional hot cross bun contains spices such as mixed spice and cinnamon bespeckled with raisons, currants or mixed fruit and peel topped with a flour and water cross on top. These biscuits mimic these flavours and the guinea pigs I tried them out on gave them the thumbs up.
(Thanks mother's group)

It has become tradition in our home for me to make fresh hot cross buns the week before easter. I love them toasted, slathered in butter alongside a cup of tea. I wanted to make something a little bit different this yea. Oh don't get me wrong there will be hot cross buns in the house, but these biscuits are perfect for those who are a little time poor. They can be made and baked in under half and hour if you get your game on and hop to it.

Hot Cross Bun Cookies

by The Whimsical Wife
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15-20 min
Keywords: bake dessert snack dairy free Easter l
Ingredients (20-24 cookies)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup mixed fruit (or raisons)
Cross Icing
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (or milk alternative)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat an oven to 180 degrees and line two large cookie trays.
In a electric mixing bowl place the coconut oil and sugar and beat together on low for 1 minute.
Add in the egg, vanilla extract and salt and beat for a further 30 seconds to combine.
Sift in the flour and spices and add the mixed fruit in. On a low speed combine all the ingredients until mixed through.
Roll walnut size balls of dough and place onto the cookie tray. Press the balls down with the palm of your hand to flatten to about 1- 1.5cm thick. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
Place into the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool
Cross Icing
In a small mixing bowl place the icing sugar, vanilla essence, milk and cinnamon. Mix together until a smooth but slightly runny paste forms.
Place into a freezer bag and snip the corner off.
Pipe crosses onto the cooled biscuits.
Leave the icing to set for 30-45 minutes before placing into a air tight container.
These can be frozen for 2 weeks.
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