Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sugar Cookies (Top 8 Free)

This year I was feeling lazy and didn't want to make roll out sugar cookies.  But I found this recipe for easy-to-make gluten free drop sugar cookies from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. After a few modifications to make them safe for my kiddos, they turned out amazing! 

Check out the original recipe and instructions here. 

Here is the ingredient list I used:

1 3/4 c gluten-free flour (I used King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
5 Tbsp milk-free butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
5 Tbsp shortening (I used Spectrum)
1 egg replacement (I used Ener-G Egg Replacer)
2 tsp vanilla
Extra granulated sugar for coating

(For instructions, click here.) 

This is pretty much a direct translation from the original recipe.  Once I had it all mixed together, it was pretty crumbly, almost like a powder.  So I added 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce which made it a nice consistency. 

I always start a recipe that calls for eggs by making the egg replacement first.  When using the Ener-G brand egg replacer, be sure to use warm water and whisk together the powder and water.  Then let sit for at least 5 minutes to allow it to "gel."  By making this first, it is usually ready to be added by the time I get to the portion of the recipe that calls for eggs.

Gluten free dough can often be sticky and hard to work with when rolling with your hands.  The trick is to keep your hands wet.  I keep a bowl of water next to my work space to I can moisten them as needed. 

These cookies turned out soft and delicious.  We will have to set a few aside to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.  Each year we leave out a few allergy friendly cookies and a glass of rice milk for Santa to either eat or take back to his elves.  I love that the kids share their special food with the big guy! 

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