holiday sugar thins

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This easy recipe is a healthier take on the traditional holiday cookie, but make no mistake, it’s still a cookie. These little sweeties are 100% whole grain, vegan, and lower in sugar than the usual suspects, so they make a better choice when you’re looking for a treat, or if you’re watching your waistline, like Santa. 😉

Holiday Sugar Thins
  1. 1/3 c room temperature coconut oil (soft but not melted/liquid)
  2. 2/3 c organic sugar
  3. 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
  4. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. 1&1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour (check your local bulk store for this)
  6. 2 tsp arrowroot powder or thickener (also at the bulk store)
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/4 tsp salt
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the coconut oil, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla until smooth (try to avoid any coconut oil “lumps”).
  2. In another bowl, whisk together flour, arrowroot, cinnamon, baking powder, soda and salt.
  3. Slowly add dry to wet, beating with electric mixer, until smooth. Wrap in plastic or place in covered container and refrigerate for one hour or more (or place in freezer for 15 minutes if pressed for time).
  4. Form balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) and place on parchment covered baking sheet, leaving room between cookies for spreading (no more than 8 per tray!). Or, for a thinner cookie, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/4” thick and cut cookies out with round cookie cutter or the edge of a glass (3” diameter should do it). These don’t hold fancy cookie cutter shapes well - so I recommend you stick with the basic round cookie. You can ice or decorate tops, but we like ‘em straight up.
  5. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes or so, checking cookies around the 9 minute mark to ensure bottoms are not burning. Cool on cookie racks - cookies will be quite soft at first but will firm up to a nice chewy consistency as they cool.
  6. Makes between 26-32 cookies.
Adapted from from the Minimalist Baker
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2 thoughts on “holiday sugar thins”

    1. I suspect they could be, but it would require a lot of testing. You’d probably be better to google “gluten-free sugar cookies” and find a tested recipe to ensure success!

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