Kids love cookies, especially with a glass of milk. However, most store-bought cookies are made from wheat flour and contain lots and lots of sugar. Unless your child is gluten intolerant, the occasional cookie is no big deal, but there are still lots of things they could eat instead – such as these gluten-free cheesy bread sticks.
Crunchy, tasty, and much lower in sugar than most cookies, this is a good alternative for kids who love cookies.
6 ounces gluten-free flour – I use this one, available at amazon.com
3 ounces butter
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 egg yolk mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons freshly grated hard cheese
2 tablespoons of seeds e.g. poppy seeds or sesame seeds
To make the pastry, put the flour, butter and cayenne pepper into a food processor, then whizz into fine breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the egg and water mixture onto the flour and then pulse again until the mixture begins to come together. Tip the mixture onto a board and gently squeeze the pastry until it begins to come together in a ball, adding more water if it feels dry.
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Roll the pastry into a large rectangle, roughly 8 x 12-inches. Brush the sheet with the beaten egg and cut in half widthways. Sprinkle one half with the cheese and the second half your chosen seeds. Lightly run the rolling pin across the top to press the cheese and the seeds into the pastry. Cut each half into 12-15 sticks. arrange on a baking sheet and chill for ten minutes.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown, then cool for five minutes before lifting onto a wire rack and leaving to cool.
Nutrition information per serving:
Protein 2 grams
Fat 4 grams
Carbohydrate 7 grams
Fiber 0 grams
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