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12 Weeks of Christmas, Week #4 Albino Gingerbread Men

It is week 4 into 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies.

I was wondering whether it is still too early to be introducing cookies with the festive colours of green and red.After all, week 4 means that we are STILL 8 weeks away from Christmas.

But, that’s pretty subjective isn’t it? We could be: We are ONLY 8 weeks away from Christmas!

So I’ve decided to play it cool, slowly incorporating the colours, bit by bit. Starting from drawn green and red features on my troop. Nothing too gaudy here. Yet.

And these cookies, inspired by i-bake-for-you are just it!

Being a snow-washed colour, these cookies are also like blank canvases, so ready to take the merry colours of the season.

They are also made from tapioca starch. Now, i am not a flour expert here, but i think these are gluten free (can anyone clarify on that?). Because no matter how much i kneaded the dough, the familiar gluten strands didnt form.

But having said that, i think the fact that these are gluten free made these cookies really fragile (again, is this accurate?). They are of this melt-in-your-mouth, sandy texture.

You dont really need to chew them, u can just break these cookies by pushing it against the roof mouth with your tongue. It will pretty much shatter and dissolve on its own. Geez, am i even making sense here??

Ah, my smart looking, friendly, albeit brittle troop.

And of course, some casuaties are inevitable aren’t they. No biggie, just pop them into your mouth and none will be the wiser. :)

I didn’t follow the recipe published on I-bake-for-you as it called for stir frying that tapioca starch. I wasn’t interested  in a creating flour bath in my kitchen,  instead i settled on this ingenious recipe which called for microwaving the said starch. Ah!

Recipe adapted from Little Corner of Mine (Thanks for sharing!)

Ingredients:

-2 1/2 cups tapioca flour/tapioca starch
-1 Tbp. butter, melted
-1 egg yolk (from large egg)
-1 cup icing sugar
-120ml thick coconut milk (or coconut cream)

Method:

1. Place a paper towel on a microwave safed bowl, add the tapioca flour and microwave for 1 minute. Set aside and let it cool. (You can fry the flour in the wok if you don’t have a microwave.)

Microwave extra tapioca flour for standby (to flour the surface) and kneading purposes.

2. Sift tapioca flour and icing sugar in a big bowl. Add melted butter, yolk & coconut milk. Knead until the dough is pliable. (If the dough is wet or soft, add more tapioca flour, 1 Tbp. at a time and knead until it becomes a harder dough. Likewise, if it’s too dry, add more coconut milk).

3. Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter (Or you can use the kuih bangkit mould (this required longer baked time). Arrange on lined baking tray and bake at 350’F for 15 minutes. It will puff when baked.

Again, i thank Abby for hosting the wonderful event! I am excited to see what the other cookie makers do this week!

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  1. October 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

    These are beautiful! :)

  2. October 21, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I ate cookies made from tapioca flour all the time when I was in Brazil. They really do melt in your mouth and I just loved them so I know how delicious yours must be. I think it’s great that your gingerbread men are made this way.

  3. October 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Very pretty snowman. They look like chinese kueh bangkit.

    • crustabakes
      October 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      They are kueh bangkit! haha. just styled differently. :)

  4. DG
    October 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

    White gingerbread men, great cookies for the christmas.

  5. October 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    How cute are these?? I love them!

  6. October 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    ow, aww, awwww.. these are too cuuuuute..! *gemessssssss*

  7. D
    October 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Perfectly suitable White Christmas Cookies, and so cute as well, with those little hearts, love them :)

  8. October 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    These are adorable, a nice change from the regular gingerbread men.

  9. October 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Oh really …. I thought the ingredients were close to kueh bangkits’ ingredients. haha very creative ….

  10. October 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    What an interesting recipe! They must be delicous with the melt in the mouth texture! They are so cute! Never too early for Christmas colours!

  11. October 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    So cute!!! Those cookies are perfect for remember us that we are only 8 weeks from Christmas! Time flies!

  12. October 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    These are so cute, what a unique twist on a classic holiday treat. :)

  13. October 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    What cute little cookies. I love a melt in your mouth cookie!

  14. October 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    How interesting! and they are completely adorable… these little guys look so happy, lol. Nice job.

  15. October 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    These are just about the most adorable gingerbread men that I have ever seen! I’m totally in love with them – you did a fantastic job!

  16. October 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    These are great! If they are gluten free my friend is going to LOVE this!!! Thanks!

  17. October 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Those are so cute. Yes, let’s ease everyone into the bright red and green holiday! ;)

  18. Pam
    October 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Love these! I am not a huge gingerbread fan, so these sound perfect to me! They are adorable, too> : )

  19. Sue
    October 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I laughed when I saw the thumbnail of your albino men! They are so cute! I love the simplicity of the decorative details, and the red & green:) “Melt in your mouth” sounds good to me!

  20. October 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I love the name ‘albino men’ these look just adorable.

  21. October 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    These are way to cute! I love them! Def. a recipe I want to try in December! : )

  22. October 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Whoa! I’ve nver seen anything like this! These little Xmas guys are all dressed up in their Halloween costume :)

  23. October 22, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I love that they are white! You could really decorate them anyway you like!

  24. October 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    So fun! I love eating the casualties too!

  25. October 23, 2010 at 2:45 am

    These are so cute. I love how you kept the decorating to minimal in style.

  26. October 23, 2010 at 5:39 am

    They look awesome and artistic! I’ve been showing my cookies on my Christmas serveware from the start so don’t worry about being to Christmassy early :-)

  27. October 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    These are so adorable!! I just had a thought too – the decorations on them could be changed to cute little ghost faces for a Halloween cookie too!

  28. October 24, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I just love these little guys – cute and original! :-)

  29. October 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Aww how cute, these look really good!!

  30. October 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Those are amazingly adorable!!!!

    I started a baking meme last week and would love for you to link up! :)

    http://bit.ly/dsiHvw

  31. October 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Simply Charming!

  1. December 20, 2010 at 3:59 am

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