It’s the 1st of December and apologies to regular readers of The Mummysphere as I will be posting lots of festive recipes, crafts and activities in the coming weeks. If you aren’t feeling festive look away for the next… 25 days…
…If you are still with me then I have some dairy free, egg free, nut free treats to share with you. Having a child who is dairy free can be a challenge at this time of year. There seems to be a lot of milk chocolate, buttery biscuits and cakes around and many of the treats I remember from my childhood Christmas’ involve butter, milk, cream or cheese. I’ve been working on some dairy free Christmas treats so that we can enjoy some festive goodies without excluding those in the family on a dairy free diet. These Vegan Peppermint Snowmen are a novelty sweet treat that are easy to make and they don’t involve any baking, so you can make them with children if you want to. Watch me making these Peppermint Snowmen here.
Ingredients for Peppermint Snowmen
To make 16 peppermint snowmen you will need:
- 300g icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
- 100g coconut oil (I use Biona Coconut Oil – Cuisine)
- A few drops of peppermint oil
- Green food colouring
- A packet of jelly beans (check the ingredients if you are making strictly vegan versions)
- Black Icing Pen
How to Make the Peppermint Creams
Measure 100g of coconut oil into a microwavable container. Make sure you use a coconut oil that has been steamed to remove the coconut flavour, otherwise the coconut oil will overpower the peppermint. I use Biona Organic Coconut Oil – Cuisine, which doesn’t smell or taste of coconut so it is perfect for cooking and baking.
Microwave the coconut oil for 30 seconds, or until the coconut oil has melted.
Add a few drops of peppermint oil to the melted coconut oil and give the mixture a stir.
Then measure out 300g of icing sugar (or confectioner’s sugar) into a large bowl. Gradually add the coconut oil to the icing sugar and mix the coconut oil into the sugar. Be patient as it does take a few minutes to mix well.
Keep mixing and after a while the icing sugar begins to form into small beads. At this point you can use your hands to bring the mixture together and start moulding it into a soft ball. Don’t be tempted (as I was at first) to add more coconut oil. Adding more coconut oil makes the mixture very sticky and difficult to handle. Keep moulding the mixture with your hands and after a couple of minutes you will have a soft ball of peppermint icing.
Split the mixture into three. Take one third and add green food colouring to the mixture. Keep moulding and kneading until the green colouring is even throughout.
How to Make the Peppermint Snowman Faces
Now take the two white balls and combine them into one. Place the white mixture between two sheets of greaseproof paper, baking parchment or wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll the mixture to a thickness of half a centimetre. You don’t have to have the greaseproof paper to roll out the mixture but it prevents the mixture from sticking to the kitchen counter and the rolling pin.
Use the template or a cutter (I use an Easter Egg cookie cutter but if you don’t have a cutter you can download my template here) to cut out the Snowmen’s faces. Use a palette knife to transfer the shapes to a chopping board covered in greaseproof paper. On my first attempt at this recipe I didn’t cover the chopping board and when I came to remove my snowman faces, the delicate peppermint ovals had welded to the chopping board. Don’t forget the greaseproof paper – you have been warned!
Add an orange jelly bean to the centre of each snowman’s face and push it gently into the mixture.
Take a black icing pen and pipe on a mouth and add two dots for the eyes. Leave the Peppermint Snowmen Faces overnight to harden.
How to Make the Peppermint Snowman Hats
Take the green icing ball and put it between two sheets of greaseproof paper or baking parchment. With a rolling pin, roll the mixture out to a thickness of half a centimetre.
Use the template to cut out the hat shapes with a kitchen knife. Then, use a palette knife to transfer the hat shapes to a chopping board covered in greaseproof paper and leave overnight to harden.
How to Add the Peppermint Snowman Hats to the Faces
Once the faces and the hats have dried and hardened you need to make a small amount of water icing using icing sugar and water (just follow the packet instructions and make sure it isn’t too runny). Add a dot of icing to the back of each hat and place the hat on top of the Snowman’s head. Leave to set.
Once the Peppermint Snowmen have set you can put them in a box with some tissue paper to give as a gift, or treat yourself. You could even use them as cute cake toppers. I kept ours in an air tight container and they were fine for a week. If you live in a warmer climate then you might need to store them in the fridge so that the coconut oil doesn’t melt.
What are your favourite treats at Christmas? I would especially love to know if they are also dairy free!
Watch the Vlog: How to Make Peppermint Snowmen
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