Onto the fun part - the testing. We were talking in the bakery about introducing holiday/Christmas themed baked goods and of course sugar cookies came up. Vegan sugar cookies - easy! Unbleached flour, sugar and earth balance and you're golden. Gluten free? More challenging and exciting! I searched all over online for a gluten free recipe that could easily be converted to vegan, meaning that it didn't contain a ton of eggs - that's the biggest challenge in converting non vegan gluten free recipes to vegan - a lot of the time these recipes call for multiple eggs- upwards of 4-6.
I found several recipes and combined them into one and came up with this recipe, modified to be vegan of course!
Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies:
Yields: 2 dozen cookies
2 1/2 cups sorghum flour (or fine ground white rice flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup earth balance
2 tablespoons flax eggs (mix 1/3 cup ground flax seeds with 2/3 cup water in a jar and shake until combined and measure 2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
|Gluten Free Sugar Cookie with Powdered Sugar Icing|
The cookie was delicious and the girls in the bakery and myself ate several of them each. The bright green Christmas-y frosting made it even better. A must make for Christmas!