A 34-year-old secondary school teacher has created a simple recipe for ‘ridiculously good’ chocolate mint Christmas cookies – and she said they are the perfect addition to any ‘holiday entertaining menu’.
Katie Lolas, from Sydney, has over 160,000 online followers who turn to the teacher for meal and snack advice.
‘These are ridiculously good,’ Katie wrote of her choc mint Christmas cookies.
‘Rich, fudgy and the perfect hit of peppermint, these cookies are perfect for holiday treats and your entertaining menu.’
A 34-year-old secondary school teacher has shared her simple recipe for ‘ridiculously good’ chocolate mint Christmas cookies (pictured)
Katie Lolas (pictured), from Sydney, is known for her incredible meal prep efforts in the kitchen, and she now has over 160k followers who turn to the teacher for meal advice
Katies said the treat takes about half an hour to prepare, and then two hours of ‘resting’ the cookies to give them a perfect gooey consistency.
The recipe shared below makes 36 small cookies, and requires mostly staple ingredients all home bakers will already have.
‘Store them at the end in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days,’ Katie wrote.
‘Raw dough can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.’
To make the cookies (right), Katie (left) said you’ll need around two and a half hours, although only half an hour is for prep, while the other two hours is for ‘resting’ your cookies
How to make Katie Lolas’ choc mint Christmas cookies
Katie shared the recipe for the delectable cookies (pictured)
Two cups plain flour (I use wholemeal)
Two and a half teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
One cup cacao powder
One cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
One and ½ cup plain yoghurt
One teaspoon vanilla extract
One teaspoon peppermint extract
½ cup icing sugar sifted
½ cup brown sugar
1. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cacao and mix until well combined
2. Add the yoghurt, coconut oil and peppermint and vanilla extracts and knead until formed into a thick cookie dough.
3. Place the dough in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 1.5 hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays. Place the brown sugar and icing sugars in two separate bowls.
5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into balls, roughly one tablespoon each. Flatten slightly.
6. Toss first in the granulated sugar and then in the powdered sugar, coating fully. Once all the cookies are on the tray sift any leftover icing on top.
7. Bake for 12-13 minutes (cookies should be slightly underbaked). Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring onto a rack to cool completely.
Source: Katie Lolas
Thousands who saw the simple cookie recipe said they ‘couldn’t wait’ to try it for themselves.
‘Oh my goodness, these look divine,’ one woman wrote.
‘Oh my word, these look amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe I’m going to make these for the festive season,’ another added.
Thousands who saw the simple cookie recipe (pictured) said they ‘couldn’t wait’ to try it for themselves and the cookies look ‘divine’
Katie (pictured) previously shared her meal prepping tips, including buying homebrand items and cooking in bulk where possible
What are Katie’s 10 meal prep staples?
1. Mixed Nuts
2. Chia Seeds
3. Frozen Fruit
4. Whole-Wheat Pasta
5. Rolled Oats
6. Rice Malt Syrup
8. Canned Beans
9. Extra Virgin Oil
10. Canned Tuna
In the past, the teacher has shared her meal prepping tips with FEMAIL, having built up a following of thousands online thanks to her time-efficient, tasty and good-looking creations and earned the title the ‘meal prepping queen’.
‘I purchase the majority of my staples like brown rice, quinoa, black beans and chickpeas from Aldi or opt for a Homebrand Woolies or Coles version,’ Katie told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The quality, taste and nutritional value is always on par with the more expensive brands, so why not grab the less expensive option?
‘Keeping your pantry stocked at all times is great too because you can create quick and easy meals using ingredients that you already have.’
Katie says things like hummus, casseroles and soups are easy to make out of long-life ingredients – and they also save you a lot of money.
She also recommends planning meal prepping around sales and promotions found in supermarket catalogues before your weekly shop and picking recipes with fruits and vegetables that are in season as it’s cheaper.
‘Vegetables that are in season include Asian greens like boy choy and Chinese broccoli, eggplant, kale, leeks, mushrooms and potatoes,’ Katie said.
‘Seasonal fruit includes grapes, apples, plums, avocados, pears, oranges, guava. These are plentiful and available at most local groceries for a competitive price.’
It’s equally as important to choose recipes that can be frozen or that will make enough food for the entire week and to make healthy snacks to save money.
Katie (pictured) said you need to have a plan and decide what to make before you cook
What are Katie Lolas’ meal prepping secrets?
* Have a plan and decide what to make before you cook.
* Choose recipes that don’t require too many ingredients or cooking techniques.
* Avoid all recipes that have more than 20 steps and require six ingredients you’ve never heard of.
* Start slow and only prep the meals you struggle with most. There is no need to prep every single meal for the week ahead of time.
* Fill up your pantry with staples and homebrand products.
* Keep an eye on supermarket specials and catalogue deals and theme your meal preps around these.
* Bulk out meals with extra vegetables and rice.
* Prep snacks to stop you having to buy things on the go.
* If you don’t fancy cooking, whip up a no-cook meal prep.
Source: Daily Mail |World News