Gluten, Dairy, Dye Free Valentine’s Cookies

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Make the love of your life these gluten, dairy, dye free Valentine’s Day Cookies!

Oh, the season of chocolate! If you’re considering a gluten, dairy free lifestyle, the thought of what can’t be eaten can be overwhelming. There are dairy free chocolate alternatives out there, but they can be hard to find and pricey.

gluten, dairy, dye free cookies

That’s when I decided to take my favorite gluten, dairy free cut out recipe and make Valentine’s Day cookies. You know what? No one missed chocolate!

I love this recipe because it makes about 2 dozen, which is a perfect amount for a small batch — and they taste great!

GFDF Cut out cookies – just lightly brown around the edges

I also make the sprinkles, using organic sugar and India Tree natural food colors.  The colors are a bit more muted than traditional food dye, but they taste delicious, and I rest easy knowing what the ingredients are.

Ingredients

Cookies

6 TBSP of a non-dairy baking stick (we 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’s the kind with a binder, like xantham gum)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Icing

11/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 TBSP of a non-dairy baking stick
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or another flavor like peppermint or anise, if desired)
Water or dairy-milk substitute

Sprinkles

1 cup of granulated sugar
India Tree natural food coloring

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking pans 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 a bit sticky; if you think it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour – but not too much as it will make it tough)

Form into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap.  Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Sprinkle flour onto a suitable surface, place the disk of dough on it and sprinkle a bit of flour on top.  Roll the dough out to about a 1/4 inch thickness.  (Because the dough can be a bit sticky – I sometimes lay the plastic wrap on top and roll over it)

Cut dough into shapes.  Place cookies 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes (it will depend on the size and thickness of your cookies).  I find that GF 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 colored sugar.

Prepare Frosting

Mix powdered sugar, baking stick and vanilla until well combined.  Add liquid 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency.

Sugar Sprinkles

Place 3 TBSP of (granulated) sugar into a bowl. Add food coloring, 2 drops at a time and mix until desired color. Can be stored in an air-tight container.

Enjoy!

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