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This gluten and dairy free cut out cookie recipe is for cookie lovers! It tastes like the real deal.
I love to bake. LOVE to bake. Every year I make dozens and dozens of cookies – sometimes as many as 10 different kinds. When we started cooking gluten and dairy free several years ago, I mourned the loss of “regular” cookies with bright holiday red dye.
If you’ve followed our journey, you know that the most gains we ever saw – in sleep, behavior and eye contact – happened when we started to eat more whole foods – the kind without dyes, chemicals, gluten or dairy.
My mission was to find two or three kinds of really good gluten and dairy free cookies that our daughter could have – and this recipe made the cut. I love it because it makes about 2 dozen, which is a perfect amount for the holiday season. My daughter looks forward to these every year.
I also make the sprinkles, using organic sugar and India Tree natural food colors. The colors are a bit more muted than traditional holiday dyes, but they taste delicious, and I rest easy knowing what the ingredients are.
Be sure to use certified gluten free ingredients. For an all purpose gluten free flour recipe — click here! For dairy-free baking substitutes — click here! For butter, we like using Earth Balance baking sticks.
Cut Out Cookies, Gluten and Dairy Free
- 6 tbsp non-dairy baking stick Like Earth Balance
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose, gluten free flour make sure it has a binder like xantham gum
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp non dairy baking stick like Earth Balance
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- water or dairy milk substitite
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- India Tree natural food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside
- Cream the baking stick and sugar together until well combined.
- Add in egg and vanilla. Cream together.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and combine well. It will be sticky; if you think it's too sticky, add a little more flour, 1 tsp at a time; too much flour will make dough tough.
- Form dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap
- Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour
- Sprinkle flour onto a flat surface, place the disk of dough on it and sprinkle a bit of flour on top.
- Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. If sticky, lay plastic wrap on top and then roll over it.
- Using a glass or cookie cutter, cut dough into desired cookie shapes. Place cookies onto parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 12 minutes (will depend on size and thickness of cookies) I find that gluten free flour doesn't brown as much as regular flour, but these will get lightly brown around the edges
- Allow to cool completely before frosting and sprinkling with colored sugar
- Prepare Frosting: Mix powdered sugar, baking stick, and vanilla until well combined. Add liquid 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency.
- Prepare Colored Sugar: Place 3 tbsp of granulated sugar into a bowl. Add food coloring, 2 drops at a time and mix until desired color. Store in an air tight container.
These cookies are as pretty as they are delicious. Additionally, they make a fabulous home made gift for someone that doesn’t eat dairy or gluten. Put them into a festive box and warp in a bow. Enjoy!
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