Saturday, December 20, 2014

SunButter Cookies (Top 8 and Gluten Free)

Rollout sugar cookies have never been my favorite thing to make.  There is a lot of prep time involved, but they are so yummy to eat!  So I usually suck it up and make a batch or two of allergy-filled cookies each year to share with co-workers and neighbors.

I want to make safe cookies that my kids can help make and eat, but finding the right combination of ingredients to make top 8 and gluten free rollout cookies has been a challenge.  When I got this recipe card from SunButter for rollout cookies, I thought I'd give it a try.

I had to make some modifications to meet our family's dietary needs.  The ingredient list is as follows.

1 c shortening (I used Spectrum)
1 c SunButter
1 c sugar
1 c firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs (I used Ener-G egg replacer)
1 tsp vanilla
3 c flour (I used gluten-free flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda

When I made this dough, and it was pretty dry.  My guess was that I was lacking the liquid from the eggs due to using egg replacer.  So I added a small container of applesauce (about 1/3 c).  This did the trick.  

I usually chill my sugar cookie dough before rolling it out, but this recipe didn't call for that.  Even thought the dough was soft, I gave it a try without chilling (which significantly shortens the prep time).  It was a little difficult to handle, and my kids couldn't manage it.  But with careful rolling of dough and transferring of cookies, they turned out pretty good.  The kids got to press the cookie cutter into the dough to make the shapes, and they seemed happy with that this year.  But maybe next year I will chill the dough for a bit first to see if that makes the rolling and transferring easier.  


My food almost never turns out like the picture shown in a cookbook, and even less often when I've had to make modifications to the original recipe.  This recipe is no exception.  The edges are not as pretty and the cookie is not as full as the the picture shown on the recipe card, but the cookies still taste delicious.  (Also, the frosting job is not as meticulous as shown, but it is a thousand times more beautiful since it was done by the hands of children)  


All in all, these cookies were a success.  Easy to mix, somewhat difficult to rollout/cut, easy to bake and frost.  The frosting is a simple mixture of powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and rice milk.  Since we are avoiding artificial colors, we used natural food coloring and sprinkles from India Tree Nature's Colors.    

I can't keep these little hands away!

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