These vegan and gluten-free sugar cut-out cookies are easy to work with no matter what cookie shape you are using. This simple recipe yields sweet, tender, “buttery” sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. Pair them with my vegan vanilla frosting or a new refined sugar-free frosting option. Happy holidays and happy baking!
This blog post was updated with new photos December 2019 with new photos. The original photos are Hanukkah sugar cut-out cookies and were taken December 2016. The new photos are the snowflake cookies. I used these cookie cutters for the snowflake cookies.
No matter what you celebrate I love that the holiday season is all about family, food and all the holiday cheer. One of my favorite activities around the holidays is making sugar cut-out cookies with the kiddos. I set out to create an easy recipe that would work for everyone in our family. The goal was delicious cookies that are dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free.
For this recipe I used a combination of oat flour, arrowroot flour and almond flour. Together this blend lends a wonderful buttery texture and flavor. I also made a nut-free version since we have a couple nut allergies in my family. Be sure to see the notes section of the recipe below for the nut-free version.
Mastering gluten-free and vegan cookie dough that could be easily cut into different shapes was a challenge at first. After a handful of batches, I landed upon the perfect combination for easy cut-out patterns. This recipe is foolproof.
As far as sugar cookies go, this one might just be the healthiest recipe around. They are full of whole grains, plant-based protein and contain zero refined sugars (I sweetened them with maple syrup). The recipe uses either coconut oil or vegan butter which don’t contain trans fat or hydrogenated oils so you can feel much better about eating these over other holiday cookies.
The cookies only take about 10 minutes to bake. After they bake you want to let them completely cool before decorating. For frosting I use my new homemade Vegan Vanilla Frosting recipe that I posted earlier this week. It works great with these cookies. For a healthier version, try spreading sunflower seed butter on top instead of frosting. My daughter thinks it is the most delicious treat.
I also provide a refined sugar-free option in the notes sections of the recipe. The photos of the snowflake cookies were taken using this option. They look and taste delicious!
This recipe requires just ten ingredients and one-bowl. They are perfect for the holidays and beyond.