How to bake Christmas Pastries without the butter

There’s no butter in this one!

You can add a bit of cream filling and vanilla for a more sweet, vanilla flavor. 

And what about the crust?

It’s all about crust, not sugar! 

Crust can be tricky, but this recipe makes the perfect, easy, cakey and moist pastry.

You can even add an extra layer of cream cheese icing for extra sweetness. 

You’ll need 1 ½ cups of flour, ¼ cup of baking powder, 1 cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

The dough will be thick enough to stick together. 

Add ¼ Cup of cream, ½ Cup of butter, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ cup of powdered sugar and mix well. 

If you want to use cream cheese, add a tablespoon or so of cream and the rest of the ingredients. 

The result should be a dough that is fairly uniform. 

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. 

Cut the dough into 1 inch cubes. 

Mix the flour and baking powder together.

You don’t want to overmix the flour or cream, which will make it more sticky. 

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and salt. 

Bake the dough at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Once the dough has cooled, remove the pan from the oven and set aside. 

Combine the icing ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

Roll out the remaining dough, but keep the corners sharp to prevent them from sticking together.

 Make the filling.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until it becomes a smooth, light brown.

In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk.

Add to the dough and mix with a rubber spatula.

Roll the dough out and shape it into a disk. 

Transfer the dough to a piping bag and pipe the filling into the crust. 

Place the filling onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Dump a little of the remaining butter on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

 Make the frosting.

Combine the cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat.

While the sugar is heating, mix in the melted butter and mix for 1 minute.

Reduce the heat to low and allow the butter to melt. 

After the butter has melted, slowly pour in the powdered cocoa.

Pour the mixture into the chilled crust and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. 

To assemble, roll the pastry out and slice into a pie plate. 

Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust and serve!