Kids and AllergiesOctober-November 2014

Gluten-Free Halloween Sugar Cookies

This versatile gluten-free sugar cookie recipe is great for all festivities! Try making Halloween-themed cookies for your food-allergic child this year.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

This versatile recipe is a favorite treat for any holiday. Easy and delicious, the dough can be rolled out and cut into any shape cookie and decorated to fit the season. Decorate with gluten-free sprinkles or colored sugar.

MAKES ABOUT 24 COOKIES.

Ingredients:

½ cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1 cup sugar or unrefined coconut palm sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 drops food coloring, optional
2¼ cups Jules’ Homemade All-Purpose Flour Blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Gluten-free sprinkles or colored sugar, optional

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

Directions:

1. Beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until combined. Add food coloring, if desired.

GLUTEN FREE COOKIE DOUGH

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

2. In another bowl, whisk together flour blend, baking powder and salt until combined.

GLUTEN FREE COOKIE DOUGH

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

3. Gradually stir dry ingredients into the sugar mixture to form a dough. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until very cold.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

5. Roll out half the dough on a surface dusted with gluten-free flour to form a large rectangle about ⅛ to ¼-inch thick. To make Spider Web Cookies, cut dough with Halloween-theme cookie cutters; gently transfer to prepared baking sheets. To make Witch Hats, use a circle-shaped cookie cutter; gently transfer to prepared baking sheet.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

6. Place cookies in preheated oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browning around the edges. Bake less for softer cookies. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes on baking sheets before transferring to a cooling rack.

For Egg-Free Sugar Cookies, omit 1 egg. Combine 1 tablespoon milk powder of choice and 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons warm water. Use this mixture in step 1 to replace 1 egg.

Each cookie contains 123 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 9mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, 1g protein, 13 Est GL.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

Gluten Free Spider Web Cookies

1 batch baked Sugar Cookies (above)
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-Milk of choice, as needed
1-2 drops black food coloring

 

1. Whisk together sugar, vanilla and milk. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until a spreading consistency is achieved.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

2. Remove 1/3 cup icing and add black food coloring. Place black icing into a squirt bottle or a small, round-tip frosting/pastry bag.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

3. Spread a thin layer of white icing on each cookie. Then pipe concentric black circles on each cookie.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

4. Using a toothpick, pull black lines from the center toward the outside of each cookie to form a web.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall


Witch Hat Cookies

1 batch baked Sugar Cookies (above)
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
-Hershey’s Kisses

 

1. Carefully melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. (Alternatively melt chips in a double boiler, stirring to keep from burning.)

2. Dip the top of each round sugar cookie into melted chocolate to cover. Place on wax paper with chocolate side up.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

3. While chocolate is still hot, place 1 Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of each cookie.

gluten free halloween cookies

Kerstin Meyne-McCall

4. Refrigerate cookies until set.

gluten free halloween cookies

Recipe excerpted with permission from Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. Available from Da Capo Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group ©2010. Jules’ ready-made flour blend is available at gfjules.com.

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