Last call for fermented apples, the moose thought.
While walking through the Swedish woods he pumped on a tree. This was not some regular, random tree. The tree itself was dark brown, like any other tree, but this one smelled on cinnamon, cloves and chocolate. Also, huge apples were hanging from the tree. Dark, brown, ripe apples barely clung to branches.
Moose started to eat apples. Then the other moose came and started to eat apples too.
Then rain started to fall. The perfect smell was spreading through the woods attracting other animals. Branches were so delicious as well so they started to eat them and at one point the whole tree had disappeared. After they ate everything, animals went home.
For the playing dough you will need:
200 grams plain flour (plus more for dusting)
100 grams cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
100 grams butter (soft)
100 grams dark muscovado sugar
3 tablespoons runny honey
Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and blitz. Add the butter and honey and blitz again. With the motor on add eggs one by one.
Form two discs and put them in a freezer bag or cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to rest.
Line trays with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 170°C.
Dust a work surface with flour, roll out the disc, also floured, to about 5mm and cut out animals with cutters (for the animals you can use Ikea cookie cutters). Re-roll and cut again and keep doing so till all the dough is used up.
Arrange the 'animals' on the lined trays and cook for about 15 minutes.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack and leave to cool.
After few days cookies taste even better. They are perfect for making up stories. Eat them and start wandering!