Friday, August 8, 2014

Cut-Out Cookies for St. Herman (GFCF No Nut)

Tomorrow we will visit a sister parish for their feast day - the glorification of St. Herman of Alaska! We've often celebrated St. Herman's Day in December with special treats, so we wanted to bring some Spruce Island Cookies for this special day in the parish's life.

However, my son, the one who is no-dairy-soy-egg-nut-wheat-corn, would not have been able to eat them without discomfort, so I tried a new recipe today, inspired by Katherine and Anna. I substituted sun-butter for part of the margarine, sugar for the powdered sugar (which has corn starch), and oats & gfcf mix for the flour. And the bottle of vinegar for a rolling pin.

We thought the results were good enough to share, since it can be hard to find good recipes for our gfcf-no-nut-no-egg family and friends:) At first, I thought they might be too crumbly and would need something like xanthum gum to help, but once they cooled they turned out fine.

Cut-Out Cookies 

(GFCF No Nut No Egg)

1 scant c. sugar
1/2 c. lenten margarine, softened (we use Earth Balance, soy-free)
1/2 c. Sunflower Seed Butter
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 c. Bob's Redmill Gluten Free baking mix (the one with garbanzo beans & sorghum)
1 cup oat flour (just took my stick blender to a bowl of oats, then measured out a cup)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cream together confectioner's sugar, margarine, sun-butter, and vinegar. Mix together the flours, baking soda, and salt into a separate bowl. Add to the margarine mixture and stir until blended. If the dough seems dry, add a little liquid (rice milk, water, etc.) to correct consistency.

On a lightly oat-floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes (like a tree!) Place cookies carefully onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies liberally with green sugar or leave plan to frost after baking.

Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly on the pans. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 1-3 dozen, depending on the size of your cookie cutter!

 Spruce Island Trees and the North Star of Alaska
St. Herman, pray for us!

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