I just took a little vacation at home for about ten days. I enjoyed sleeping in, cooking on a whim, and watching movies as fast as Netflix could mail them. Since I don't really eat a lot of refined sugar anymore my sweet tooth keeps to itself most of the time, but on one particularly snowy day I found myself craving spice cookies. Did I have the ingredients? Well, I improvised with a little apple sauce and coconut butter instead of regular butter and I had just enough corn-free powdered sugar left! Whooo Hoo! These were perfect with a cup of coffee.
FROSTED SPICE COOKIES
[gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free]
Adapted from 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used about an inch of freshly scraped vanilla bean.)
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup white rice flour
2 teaspoons guar gum
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Is it just me? Or do they look like Scooby Snacks?!
Place two oven racks in the upper middle position of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Mix together the coconut oil, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer for about one minute, or until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the dry ingredients with a fork. Slowly add this mixture to the wet mixture with the beater on low speed until blended.
With damp hands or a small scoop, shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool cookies 2 to 3 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
1 cup powdered sugar (If you need corn-free, I order mine from Miss Roben's Allergy Grocer.)
1 tablespoon water, or as needed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Again, I used about an inch worth of freshly scraped vanilla bean.)
Mix all ingredients together and drizzle it over the cooled cookies. These babies are sweet, so make some coffee and share with a friend.