Fancy Holiday Parties, Gluten-Free Gingersnaps & Lightened Up Sugar Cookies

Happy Friday! The weekend before Christmas is usually one filled with lots of invitations to fancy holiday parties….And fancy holiday parties are another one of the things I simply adore about this time of year! A friend of mine has been hosting the classy Red, White, and Black party every year before we all head home to see family. The only rules are that we have to dress in red, white, and/or black, and we have to be classy. ;) She hosted it last weekend, and I had a chance to wear my dress of all three colors!

And, of course, I brought a giant tray of cookies!

First, I want to share how I made those cute cut-out frosted sugar cookies. I started with a recipe I’ve been using off the internet for years. If you type in “best vegan sugar cookies” this is what comes up. But with my new approach to healthy living, all that sugar and white flour rubbed me the wrong way, and so instead of following it exactly I made the following changes:

-whole wheat pastry flour instead of white; this actually doesn’t change the flavor of the cookies in any noticeable way!

-for the frosting, i replaced the corn syrup with brown rice syrup; WORKED LIKE A CHARM!

-and i used this recipe for coconut powdered sugar instead of regular powdered sugar. woot!

I also tried my hand at gluten-free ginger snaps, loosely inspired by a recipe in Taste for Life  (my favorite free health magazine! Check your local health food store or cafe, they usually have them on hand!).

They turned out great! Crunchy rather than chewy, and perfectly sweet.

Crunchy Gingersnaps (gluten-free)

1/2 c Earth Balance (or coconut oil)

1/4 c molasses

3/4 c  coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 c sorghum flour

1/2 c garbanzo flour

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp xantham gum

1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

optional vegan cane sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 375. Beat the butter substitute, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla with elevtric or stand mixer. Add flour, spices and baking soda, and mix until everything is blended. Spoon out dough to make balls, and if you want to roll them in sugar, do so now. Then flatten the balls on your prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

Have you attended fancy holiday parties this year? What did you wear? What did you bake?!

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