This one is for the mums. The mums with kids who love a good cookie. And the mums who eat the cookies too (wait, is that just me?).
Tiny teddy cookies are one of those Worldwide favourites amongst kids. To be totally honest, I don’t really remember having them as a kid. But I do remember looking, somewhat enviously, at my friends’ lunch boxes and secretly wishing I too had a pack of tiny teddies (don’t worry, now I’m SUPER grateful I didn’t have them!).
Cookies are still one food I could have in my house and not blink an eye at. I’m just not a huge cookie fan (I know, I know). BUT, my son absolutely adores baking with me and baking cookies with my mum is one of my most cherished childhood memories.
The recipe for these tiny teddy cookies has been made THAT many times in our household that I can safely tell you that it is a fail-safe recipe. You guys know (or if you don’t, check this out) that I am not the World’s best baker. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even say I’m a good baker. So if you’re like me and not quite the best baker you will love how easy and fail-safe these tiny teddy cookies are.
Because I’ve made the recipe for these tiny teddy cookies so many times I can also tell you that there are a few fail-safe variations you can make that still leave you with the perfect crunchy and delicious cookie.
Coconut sugar – You can substitute this for a granulated stevia (I prefer the Natvia brand) for a sugar-free version. You can also increase the amount of coconut sugar up to half a cup or leave as is without affecting the end result. My son isn’t bothered by the lack of sweetness so I prefer to stick to the amount specified in the recipe.
Buckwheat flour – I’ve also made this recipe with a standard supermarket brand of gluten free flour and had excellent results. Again, I prefer buckwheat flour but if you don’t have access to it then any gluten free flour blend will do in it’s place.
This recipe isn’t vegan-friendly for my lovely vegan readers, but THIS RECIPE IS and it’s just as delicious. It is, however, dairy free and free from artificial/nasty chemicals, flavours and preservatives.
Finding a tiny teddy shaped cookie cutter was probably the most challenging part of this recipe, so I’ve linked below a few you could grab if you struggle to find one like I did. I went to so many stores but ended up only being able to find them online. Both of the below links include the tiny teddy cookie cutter as well as a few other shapes perfect for Christmas or just baking in general. Always handy to have!
- 50ml coconut oil, melted
- 1 whole egg
- 1 cup buckwheat four (substitute with gluten free flour of choice)
- 1 tbsp buckwheat flour (for dusting)
- 1/4 cup almond meal/flour
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (substitute with granulated stevia for sugar free option)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Whisk together the coconut oil, egg and coconut sugar/stevia.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients to the bowl (except the additional flour for dusting) and stir with a wooden spoon/large spoon until combined. The mixture should appear crumbly but stick together when pressed.
- Dust a board or bench space with flour and spoon the mixture onto the bench top. Using clean hands, knead the dough for 1-2 minutes or until a soft dough has formed. If you find the mixture slightly crumbly add an additional tablespoon of melted coconut oil.
- Once kneaded, roll with a rolling pin until approximately 1cm thick. Using the cookie cutter, press shapes until all rolled dough space has been used. Continue to knead, roll and cut until all dough has been used.
- Place the cut tiny teddy shapes onto the baking tray with approximately 1-2 cm between each cookie.
- Place the tray into the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and place the tiny teddies onto an airing rack. Store in an airtight container.
- Cookies can be dipped in dark chocolate for an indulgent treat.
As above, you can dip the tiny teddy cookies into melted dark chocolate or a dairy free/sugar free chocolate of choice for a more indulgent treat. These cookies are a perfect lunch box addition and are fun for kids to make (and eat, of course).
I bought the ingredients for this recipe from the health food section of our local supermarket as well as our local health food store Flannerys. To make these fail-safe tiny teddy cookies even easier for you I’ve linked the products I used below. These are some of my favourite brands.
Do you have a favourite cookie from your childhood? Is baking something you love to do with your kids too?
Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you make these (I LOVE seeing your creations!), and share this recipe with any friends or family who may love it too!
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