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Monday, February 11, 2013

EF, DF, NF Holiday Cookies - Thinking Valentines Day!

Just pulled up this recipe to make 4 dozen Valentines Day cookies and realized it wasn't complete!  Must have been one of THOSE days!!  Let me try this again, and I'll share all of the steps this time:-)



EASY! and tastes delicious!!  

Best of all, it's egg-free, milk-free and nut-free. It could be made soy-free with the right margarine~


Easy Holiday Cookie Dough


1 C softened margarine (Earth Balance)

1 C sugar
1 egg (*1/4 C flax seed replacement)
1 1/2 t vanilla
3 C flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt


Mix well the margarine, sugar, egg substitute and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the two mixes together.  Form into a ball.  If it's too sticky, add flour, as needed.  If it's a bit too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water; just enough to make the mix stick together a bit better.  

Refrigerate for a few hours and you're ready to finish up your cookie making.


Place the slightly crumbly dough on a floured surface.  Try to handle it as little as possible.. just enough so that your skin warmth helps to form a ball.  I then lay a piece of parchment paper over the dough and roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness.


Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

This recipe can make 4 dozen smaller sized cookies.

*1 T ground flaxseed meal + 3 T hot water or other liquid (I boil then use).  
Let it sit for 5 minutes till it forms a gel and is gooey.  

 *If using whole flaxseeds,  ratio suggested is 1 T whole flaxseeds/4 T water (or other liquid).  Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal.  Add liquid and blend well.  


These measurements equal one egg.  Double/triple recipe and save in fridge for up to a week.  1/4 C of mixture = 1 egg.  Best in cookies, bars.  Adds an additional mild flavoring to baked goods.  Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Tonight was not a homemade icing night, but a store bought one.  My pantry is always equipped with a container or two of my favorite egg-free, nut-free, milk- free store bought icing, Pillsbury.  With a dash of Wilton red icing, these holiday cookies were ready to go.      

Want to add some sprinkles?  My current favorite brand of nut free  milk-free, egg-free, sprinkles is Festival Sprinkles.  The packaging also states they are gluten-free.


Hope this comes in handy over the next few months~


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