[Recette] Small birthday cake cookies, Hildegard style


Christmas Recipes by Laudato Si

Throughout Advent, discover Laudato Si’s Christmas recipes created by Anne Moreau exclusively for RCF. Shortbread cookies, gingerbread, hot chocolate, and also seafood casserole and roasted guinea fowl… Every week, make healthy and flavourful recipes that respect the planet!


Hildegard-style shortbread: a nod to Laudato C

Today, we commemorate Saint Hildegard of Bingen! Doctor of the Church, considered to be the first German pantheon of the twelfth century. For her, the whole of creation is the symphony of the soul.

Through her visions, she taught us that certain foods give us joy! Such is the case with spelled, which contains 12 times more magnesium than wheat and a good amount of tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which is a precursor of serotonin … the hormone of happiness. In addition, spelled contains GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation with anxiolytic effect.

A little extra tip: For these cookies, I suggest you avoid the traditional icing based on icing sugar: it increases the calorie density of the cookies and doesn’t add much to the taste!

Recipe for Mini Christmas Cookies with Hildegard Cinnamon

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 12 minutes

Ingredients (for about 30 cookies):

250g organic unrefined wheat flour

170g salt butter (to be removed an hour before starting the recipe)

70g of whole cane muscovado sugar

50 grams of honey

2 organic or free-range Bleu Blanc Coeur eggs

15 grams of Al Farah spices: either a ready mix / or 7 grams of cinnamon + 5 grams of nutmeg + 2 grams of cloves

pinch of salt

Optional: some candied ginger relish or ginger powder

Prepare :

Preheat oven to 7 (200°C)

In a stainless steel bowl, cut the previously softened butter (take it out 1 hour before starting the recipe) into small pieces and add the sugar. Work with a wooden spoon. Then add eggs, sugar, honey, salt and spices. At this time, you may (or may not) add candied or powdered ginger.

Knead the dough until it becomes sandy. Grind with the palm of your hand until the dough becomes homogeneous.

Form a ball, cover with a clean towel, and set aside at room temperature for 2 hours (optional).

Roll out the dough, that is, roll it out on a floured surface to a thickness of 1 cm using a rolling pin.

Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, shape cookies and place them on a baking sheet lined with reusable parchment paper.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a hot oven, keeping an eye on them so they don’t overcook.

Allow to cool before tasting with a fine Christmas flavored Rooibos tea.


Anne Moreau and RCF bring you Christmas recipes from Laudato Si!

Laudato Si’s Christmas Recipes is a series of recipes developed exclusively for the RCF, created by Ann Morrow, registered dietitian and psychonutritionist, committed to healthy, positive eating. She is the author of a healthy and sustainable cookbook, “Ma petite kitchen Laudato Si” (ed. CLD, 2021), which has already sold over 4,000 copies.

For each recipe, the best products are selected: they are organic or from farming that respects the soil and human health, they are raw and seasonal. Not necessarily local but produced under the best conditions.

Thus the fish will be wild and not trawled. The prawns would be Label Rouge. The oranges will be organic, the eggs raised outdoors and the chocolate fair trade. You can enjoy it with your eyes closed!

For each recipe, we also selected the best containers and utensils: no plastic! Wood, stainless steel or stainless steel, ceramics and glass. Say goodbye to all non-stick surfaces!

For each recipe, finally, you will have a Laudato Si wink: health, ecology or the meditative version …

Happy gourmet and friendly comer, in the spirit of Laudato C!

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