Sugar cookies are among the best items on the holiday menu list. But a majority of baked goods and traditional holiday cookies use gluten and dairy ingredients.
We want to share this sugar cookie recipe that is both gluten free and vegan friendly! So that, everyone can get a taste of holiday cookies this season.
Start with these gluten free and vegan friendly ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light margarine
- 3 tablespoon of applesauce or grounded chia seeds/flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon water or almond milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your all-purpose flour has it)
- 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
Keep your favorite cookie cutters close by.
Begin by mixing the sugar and butter at medium speed in a big bowl. Then add the applesauce or grounded chia seeds or flax seeds. This is a vegan substitution for the eggs in the traditional sugar cookies and most of holiday baked goods. Add water or almond milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Keep blending until all the ingredients are mixed well.
Now lower the speed, and add the gluten free all purpose flour and xanthan gum. Once its all mixed very well, cover the big bowl, and refrigerate for at least one hour. If you do not refrigerate your dough, it will be very sticky to roll out the cookie dough.
When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. While waiting for the oven to warm up to your desired temperature, line up your baking sheet with either a parchment paper or reusable silicone baking sheet.
Lightly spread gluten-free flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough from the big bowl. Roll it out into the size of cookies you like to have. Usually the dough is rolled out into quarter inch thick.
Once you are satisfied with the dough consistency and size, use your cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes and place the cookies on the baking sheet one by one.
Once you cut out as many shapes as you can with your cookie cutter/ cutters, reform the dough and spread it out again to cut more cookies.
Now bake for ten minutes and let it sit in the oven for few minutes. Then take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool before shifting them from the baking sheet to a separate area to start decorating.
I like to melted cacao to make chocolate coating, and festive colored icing to decorate my cookies
These cookies can be stored in a container for five days.