Vegan and Gluten-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Frosted Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day | Vegan & Gluten-Free


Valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays, and it has been ever since I was a little girl. My mom and I used to handmake the cards for school and stuffed the goody bags with candies for classmates. One thing we always loved doing was making frosted sugar cookies in the shape of hearts with tons of obnoxious sprinkles! I thought it would be so fun to recreate those cookies, but of course, make them gluten-free and vegan. I’ve been working on perfecting the gluten-free and vegan frosted sugar cookies, and I feel like I finally have it down. The consistency and flavors are almost identical to the Pillsbury roll-out dough. I realized that tapioca flour was the missing ingredient to making these cookies PERFECT. One of my talented baking friends recommended trying it out because it helps bind together the gluten-free flour, and it was absolutely a game-changer.
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I found $1 sprinkle packages at Michaels that I loved! For an all-natural food coloring, Watkins is such a good brand. You can find it on Amazon.ย vegan royal icing, dairy free, dairy free sugar cookies, dairy free frosting, vegan and gluten free cookies, frosted sugar cookies, vegan cookies, frosted vegan sugar cookies, frosted gluten free sugar cookies, gluten free baking, recipe, holiday, sweets
I’m excited to tell you about something I’ve been experimenting with lately, aquafaba.

You’re probably wondering what the heck aquafabaย is, but I’m sure you’re super familiar with it. It’s the juice in the can with the garbanzo beans. It can mimic the same reaction as eggwhites so that it can be used in vegan marshmallows or meringues. It also works as the perfect egg-replacement in royal icing. With added powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract, you cannot taste a trace of the garbanzo beans!

However, I tried theย aquafaba with sugar-free powdered sugar, and it was pretty awful. It tasted like a kid’s toothpaste. Just stick to regular powdered sugar with this recipe! If you do want to cut the sugar, you can replace the cane sugar with monk fruit in the dough. There is also a brown sugar monk fruit that works as a great substitute.
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One of the great things about this recipe is that you don’t have to wait for the dough to chill in the fridge. You mix all the ingredients, and you can begin rolling, cutting, and baking!ย vegan royal icing, dairy free, dairy free sugar cookies, dairy free frosting, vegan and gluten free cookies, frosted sugar cookies, vegan cookies, frosted vegan sugar cookies, frosted gluten free sugar cookies, gluten free baking, recipe, holiday, sweets
For rolling the dough, I always throw flour on linen for my working space.

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I did about a dozen of the cookies the same before switching designs. When I was a kid, I made every single cookie different, and then at the end of it, I would take all the leftover mixed sprinkles and pour them on top of the final few. And those were always my dad’s favorite ones.
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Gluten-Free & Vegan Frosted Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cookies, gluten-free,dairy-free,, frosted cookies,, royal icing, sugar cookies, vegan, valentines day,

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Butter Earth Balance
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar or monk fruit replacement
  • 1 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 Cups Gluten-Free Flour I used bob's red mill
  • 2 1/2 Tbsps Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsps Cashew Milk (start with one 2 tablespoons until desired consistency)

Vegan Royal Icing

  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 4 Tbsps Aquafaba (juice from the garbanzo bean can)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar

Instructions

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees

  2. In an electric mixer, add room temperature butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and almond extract and mix on high.

  3. Sift in the flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, and sea salt.

  4. The dough will be super dry, add in the cashew milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the perfect cookie dough consistency. If you accidentally add too much milk, add a tablespoon of gluten-free flour.

  5. Flour your linen for the workspace, and roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your desired shapes, and add them to a non-stick baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are all the same size to keep them evenly cooked.

  6. Bake about 5-7 minutes.

    They'll be slightly golden, but make sure you do not overbake!

Vegan Royal Icing

  1. In an electric mixer, whisk the aquafaba and the cream of tartar on high for about three minutes, or until the mixture is foamy.

  2. Stir in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.

    If it's too dry, add a teaspoon of milk, and if it's too runny add in more powdered sugar.

Frosting The Cookies

  1. Add the frosting to a squeeze bottle.

  2. Make sure the cookies are completely cool before frosting!

  3. They take about ten minutes for the icing to harden

  4. Have fun!

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Questions for you!

  1. Do you like Valentine’s Day?
  2. What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  3. What shape/design of sugar cookies should I make next?

 

Comments

  • Karen

    Cookies look great! Tks for the recipe.

    Reply to Karen
  • Jennifer

    I love Valentine’s Day! All the pink and hearts and cute messages and treats…it’s exactly what February needs. Can’t wait to bake some cookies later ๐Ÿ™‚

    You should do Lucky Charms sugar cookies in honor of St. Patty’s Day and spring next month! I think those would be SO cute! Maybe try like a marshmallow icing for the top?

    Reply to Jennifer
  • Harriet

    5 stars
    These are so cute, I am going to make them with my niece for her to take to school and Valentineโ€™s Day. I love valentines. My favourite valentines memory is going shopping with my nana to get my pop a valentines present she got him chocolate roses and a red bicycle (this was in the early 90โ€™s) it was also so cute to see him bring her home a bunch of wild roses form work. You could do fault line decorated cookies (look up fault line cakes on Pinterest) they are so amazing.

    Reply to Harriet
  • Kelly P

    5 stars
    These are fabulous!

    Reply to Kelly P
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    These are so cute! I love how pink and girly they are! Sweetness overload haha! โค๏ธโœจ

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Reply to Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
  • Doraly Jacbobo

    These look amazing! I hope to make them for a teacher friend who is gluten-free and usually cannot have any of the Valentine’s day goodies that get brought to school! One random question, where are you baking pans from? They look so unique! I love the spotted design!

    Reply to Doraly Jacbobo

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