I love baking at Christmas. I always look forward to baking something super festive and delicious, but the reality is I’m not a great baker. The intention is there but my skills are just not up to scratch so the best I tend to do is a festive spice biscuit and even they’re hit and miss.
Not only am I challenged in the baking arena, but I’m intolerant to everything, and so are many of my friends, so even when baking for others I have to be pretty careful.
Of course I wanted to bake something festive and to me, sugar cookies are one of the most festive and easiest things to bake! They are perfect if you have kids as they can help and have a lot of fun decorating, and if you’re a terrible baker like myself, there’s not much that can go wrong.
I’ve gone for a gluten free and vegan version, but feel free to use whatever ingredients you like!
The recipe makes around 18 cookies depending on size.
240g Gluten-Free Flour
1 tablespoon Cornstarch/Egg Replacer
1/2 tablespoon Baking Powder
1.4 tablespoon Himalayan
100g Coconut Sugar
2 tablespoons Dairy Free Milk (I use almond)
110g Dairy Free Butter
1 tablespoon Vanilla Essence (or however strong you like the flavour to be)
Let’s Get Baking!
Firstly combine all the dry ingredients together. This will be your flour, egg replacer or cornstarch and coconut sugar.
Using a mixer ideally, mis the butter and sugar together for around 2-4 minutes until fluffy.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together to form a dough.
At this point we want to set our dough in the fridge for around 3 hours. I chucked mine in and stuck on a Christmas movie and made myself a mulled wine – well it is Christmas!
Put the dough in a ball and cover with cling film to keep it covered and after three hours the dough will be easier to handle.
Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut into whatever festive shape you like! I like to use a glass to press down onto the cookies to create a pretty shape that’s a little like a snowflake.
Preheat your oven at 180 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crisp you want your cookies to be! I like somewhere in the middle around 12 minutes.
Once you’ve let your cookies cool it’s time to decorate! I love using tubes of icing, or using a knife or spatula to spread soft icing over the top. You can really go all out here and add sprinkles, hundreds and thousands or little gingerbread men or festive decorations.
I loved how mine turned out and I can’t wait to share them with friends and family over the festive period – that’s if I see them before I’ve eaten them all myself!