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Vegan and Gluten-free Sugar Cookies for Santa This Year

Posted by San Luis Obispo Mom on Friday, December 24, 2021 Under: Vegan
Merry Christmas Eve!

This year, Santa is going to be served vegan cookies.

2021 brought a lot of changes in our home: one of them is a family member started having health-related issues and we had to change and be mindful of what we bring to the dinner table.

Because of this new change, I've learned to bake and cook with more vegan products. Notably, we are not a vegan family but we're just bringing in more vegan meals and focusing more on a plant-based diet to help with a health issue. I hope Santa will like our vegan gluten-free cookies this year!

Here's the recipe that I'm using to make vegan gluten-free sugar cookies: https://delightfuladventures.com/vegan-gluten-free-sugar-cookies/. The main thing that I am doing differently is I am using yeast instead of baking powder. You can see the exact list of the ingredients that I used below.

More About Using Active Dry Yeast

We had some active dry yeast in our drawer. This is the exact brand I used: Fleischmann's, Active Dry Yeast, 0.75 oz (3 ct) - SET OF 2. I was surprised to discover how expensive they are and during the pandemic, it was hard to find in the local grocery store so we had stocked up when we had found some. We like the single packets kind which made is easier for measuring. 



The tricky thing about using active dry yeast instead of baking powder is that you have to use your best judgment because as you activate the yeast, there's no knowing the exact amount that's needed. It is like a science and an art. When you are using active dry yeast, you have to mix it in 1/4 cup of very specific warm water within a temperature range with 1 teaspoon of sugar. It took my yeast 15 minutes to activate. It's fun watching it rise. Whatever foamed up from this one package amount mixture, I scooped about 75% of it and put it into my dough mix. 

I followed the recipe and let the dough rest in the fridge for 3 hours and used my cookie cutter with my sons to make different shapes today. 

Ingredients that I used:

  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons of  Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, 22-ounce (I found this at California Fresh Market in Pismo Beach)
  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot starch and I used this exact brand that I found at California Fresh Market in Pismo Beach:  Bob's Red Mill Arrowroot Starch / Flour, 16 Ounce (Pack of 1)
  • 75% of what was activated from the active dry yeast of 1 packet of 1/4 oz. This was the exact brand I used:  Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast,0.25 Ounce, 9 Count. Note that although I used 75% of what was produced from my mixture, maybe yours will need be 50% or even more than mine. It is not an exact science with this one and the end results will never be the same.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter (I use Miyoko's Cultured Vegan Butter that I found at California Fresh Market in Pismo Beach)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
We're not big on icing in my family so we didn't make any icing. I made the dough, let it rest in the fridge for 3 hours, roll it out and used our cookie cutters, baked them between 14 - 19 minutes (depending on the batch) in the oven at 350 degrees and then ate them!



One thing that I did that was due to improvising last minute was for my 1/2 cup of sugar, not all of the sugar was white granulated sugar. It was mostly that and about 5 packets of raw sugar that I had leftover from Starbucks. That really made the sugar cookies have an extra fun texture. One of two of my kids approve and I really enjoy them too! Usually when we eat vegan alternatives, the taste is different than what we're used to. I'm so glad this turned out good for about 50% of our family members. It's definitely less sweet than most of the cookies you would find at the store and that works for me.

Our finished product is pictured below. We finished eating all of the cookies in two days!


We saved three of the round sugar cookies shaped from the same dough for Santa tonight!

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