Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)

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Stack of multi-colored Vegan Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

We’ve officially reached the month of December and I have one thing on the brain: Cookies.

OK, cookies and somehow convincing John to get a real Christmas tree this year. The old fake one is looking real sad.

Send good vibes and tree care tips, please.

Series of photos showing the steps for how to make Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookie dough

You may remember I made vegan gluten free cookies last year. However, with yet another year of recipe development under my belt, I’ve learned a lot since then and have tried new techniques and gluten free flour blends. The result? I’ve cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten free vegan sugar cookies on the planet.

Big claims, I know. But kinda true.

Plus, this recipe is simple requiring just 1 bowl and less than 45 minutes start to finish. Ready to see this wizardly? Onward.

Circle, star, candy cane, and Christmas tree sugar cookie cut outs on a plate

The base of these cookies is vegan butter, organic cane sugar and vanilla extract. For the egg, I went with aquafaba – the liquid left behind in a can of cooked chickpeas, which makes a lovely egg substitute in most vegan baking and whips up like egg whites! Magic, I know.

I hope to do a post on aquafaba soon as I get a lot of questions about it and recipe requests, so stay tuned! But if you follow my instructions below you’ll be fine.

Next comes my special blend of GF flours:

Almond flour (which creates a perfect crumbly texture)
Cornstarch (which puffs them up and provides shape + structure)
And my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend (for extra binding)

Frosted Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies on a white plate

The batter only chills for 15 minutes while the oven preheats, during which time you can make your frosting. These little dudes are also quite delicious plain if you’d rather keep things simple.

And may I add that these cookies are undetectably vegan and gluten free and are eerily reminiscent of Lofthouse sugar cookies!? Yeah, I know. Exciting stuff. Give them a try for yourself and let me know how it goes.

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment, rating it, and (forever and always) tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. Cheers and happy baking, friends!

Stack of delicious Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookies on a plate

Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Fluffy, perfectly sweet sugar cookies made in 1 bowl! Roll out and cut into shapes or roll into easy circles. Entirely vegan and gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays and beyond!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
4.81 from 62 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 24 (cookies)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter* (1/2 cup = 1 stick // or dairy butter if not vegan)
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar*
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp aquafaba (chickpea brine - the liquid left behind in a can of cooked chickpeas // or sub 1/4 cup (50 g) pumpkin purée* // amount as original recipe is written)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 2/3 cups gluten-free flour blend*
  • 2/3 cup almond flour (not almond meal - the texture and flavor is different)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

FROSTING optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add softened vegan butter (make sure it's softened - not melted or cold) to a large mixing bowl and beat or whisk until creamy and smooth - about 1 minute.
  • Add sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy and light - about 1 minute. Then add chickpea brine (or other egg substitute*) and vanilla and mix again, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Add baking powder and sea salt and blend or whisk to combine. Then add gluten-free flour blend, almond flour, and cornstarch and mix on low until the ingredients are combined. I had to switch to a wooden spoon toward the end. Add almond milk and stir once more.
  • The dough should be thick, moldable and a little difficult to mix at this point (see photo). If too soft, continue adding a mixture of gluten-free flour blend, almond flour, and cornstarch until a thick, moldable dough is formed. If too thick, thin with a bit more almond milk.
  • Transfer dough to the refrigerator and chill for 15 minutes*. Once chilled, use a cookie scooper (I like this one) or a Tablespoon to measure out 1 1/2 Tbsp amounts of dough and gently roll into balls - the dough will still be soft so be gentle. Arrange on the parchment-lined baking sheets with 1 inch room between each and press down gently with the palm of your hand to smash slightly.
  • Alternatively, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick and dip cookie cutters in gluten-free flour before pressing into the dough. Use a floured spatula to gently scoop onto baking sheets. This recipe works well with both cut outs and traditional circles!
  • Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies appear fluffy and the edges are slightly beginning to dry out. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a plate to cool completely.
  • To make frosting (optional), add softened vegan butter to a mixing bowl and whisk or beat until soft and fluffy - about 1 minute. Then sift in powdered sugar in small amounts and mix. Around the 1-cup mark, add the vanilla extract and whisk. Continue adding powdered sugar until you have spreadable frosting (I used about 2 cups powdered sugar // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). If you prefer a thinner frosting, add a little almond milk to thin. If it becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it becomes too thick, add more almond milk. Add natural food coloring at this time (optional).
  • Frost cookies or leave plain! I decorated with some naturally-dyed sugar sprinkles like these. Organic cane sugar as a base should ensure vegan friendliness.
  • Storage: Once cooled, store leftover cookies covered at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes

*I tested this recipe with coconut oil and found it didn't work for me. Therefore, I'd highly recommend sticking with vegan butter.
*I tested Miyokos vegan butter and Earth Balance soy-free buttery sticks. Both work, but I found Earth Balance gives them a slightly better texture.
*If you’d like to cut back on sugar, sub 1/3 cup of the sugar with 1 packet (~1/4 tsp) stevia extract- I like Trader Joe’s brand (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). This will make the cookies softer, so you may need to add more gluten-free flour, almond flour, and/or cornstarch to help thicken the dough.
*The chickpea brine substitutes an egg in this recipe. In its place, you can also try subbing 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg replacer, or 1 small chicken egg if not vegan (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). I haven’t tested it with a flax egg or any of the other substitutes and can’t guarantee the results.
*If not gluten-free, sub the almond flour and gluten-free flour blend with unbleached all-purpose flour, but keep the cornstarch - it helps them puff up.
*You can make the cookie dough ahead of time and refrigerate up to 2-3 days in advance. Simply let the dough rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before scooping and baking. It should be soft and moldable.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without frosting.

Nutrition (1 of 24 servings)

Serving: 1 cookies Calories: 122 Carbohydrates: 17 g Protein: 1.3 g Fat: 5.6 g Saturated Fat: 2.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 48 mg Fiber: 0.8 g Sugar: 5.8 g

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  1. Olivia says

    Hello! These cookies have been on my mind pretty much since you released the recipe! What a surprise when they poped up in my search for slice and bake cookies. With Halloween and the holidays approaching, I would want to make some of those pumpkins or Christmas tree slice and bake cookies. Do you think this recipe would work?

  2. Melissa says

    Hi! This look lovely. I have followed your blog for 7 years due to my son’s special diet. Now I need to get on a GF DF EF almond and cashew free. I am thinking on making my own pecan butter to use instead of almond butter on your most of your recipes but I am a bit at a loss with almond flour or meal. What do you recommend? Would pecan flour do the trick? What about oat flour?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Melissa, we’re so glad our recipes have helped so far! In this one, we’d say maybe try a mix or pecan flour and a little more GF blend? Pecans have more fat in them than almonds so may make it more oily. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Britney says

    Hi,

    When you say 1 2/3 cup of gluten free flour blend does that mean 1 cup PlUS another 2/3 cup of gluten free flour? Or does it just mean 2/3 cup of gluten free flour?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, Sapna! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  4. Elana says

    Hi there. I’m not gluten-free but I do have almond flour I would like to use. Do you think I could do the almond flour with regular flour instead of gluten-free flour? And if so, how much regular flour do you think I would need? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elana, we haven’t tried that, but we think it would work! Perhaps slightly less all purpose than GF as it tends to be more absorbent. Let us know how it goes!

  5. lily winegardner says

    I want to make this amazing recipe, but I do not have gluten free flour. what measurements of regular flour would you suggest?

  6. Karen C says

    Great Cookies! First, I am NOT a baker but with this COVID 19 I am in and looking for things to do!
    My husband is vegan and these were perfect. The only change I made was I used 3 T of applesauce for the aquafab because I didn’t want to open a can of chickpeas….(Lazy)…but they were fine. Half of them I rolled in cinnamon sugar like snickerdoodles. Enjoyed! I may even bake some more.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hmm, we’re not sure it would work in this recipe because the sugar adds a textural element. You may need to add more dry ingredients to compensate for the added moisture. If you try it, let us know!

  7. Christina says

    I have made this recipe for the past 4 years and have this page bookmarked. However, this Christmas when I went to make these cookies, the recipe seemed different. It was crumbly and WAY too dry. It has been absolutely perfect in the past. I thought I must have missed something, but then I went to make them again today and the same thing happened. I had to add 3-4 Tablespoons more almond milk to make it work. You may want to double check your recipe posted here. Otherwise, this cookie is awesome!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Christina, we aren’t sure what could be causing that as we haven’t changed the recipe! Is it possible that you used a different gluten-free flour blend or that the formula changed?

  8. Miriam-Rachel Newman says

    I’ve made this recipe five times and the cookies are always delicious. I’d never know they were gluten-free or vegan. I’ve just had one problem with them—they come out rough-looking and cracked after they’re baked, even when I use the scoop. Any thoughts? Thanks for this recipe. Love the cookies, even if they don’t look as perfect as yours!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      It sounds like they may need just a touch more liquid. We would say try adding a little more almond milk. Let us know how it goes!

  9. Bryn says

    This was a great, easy recipe. The dough was surprisingly easy to roll out and do Valentine’s sugar cookies. We have printed out the recipe and tucked it into our Minimalist Baker cookbook because this is going to be our go-to now! They are tender, not too sweet and perfect! We made the frosting too! I made them with my little neighbor friend and her mom told me they were so good! Our neighbors aren’t gf or vegan so that’s pretty good feedback!

    What would you suggest to sub out almond flour if someone was nut free?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Bryn. We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! We would say maybe try more gluten-free blend? Let us know how it goes!

  10. Henri Mar says

    Hi Dana! I love your website, but I notice that you often use almond flour in your recipes. I’m trying to bake some cookies for someone with a nut allergy. I usually use King Arthur’s GF flour when making cookies, but I’m not sure what ratio I might be able to use if I tried to use that flour. Would it be possible to use ground sunflower seeds or ground oats instead? Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Henri, that might work! Or maybe just use all King Arthur’s GF Flour? Let us know how it goes!

  11. Taylor says

    It was definitely fluffy, the taste however, wasn’t what i expected, not necessarily in a good way. I made sure to read all the comments, and decided to make it. i am a little disappointed in the way it turned out. The taste of the flour really stands out. It didn’t taste like the sugar cookies from the store, like the comments said.. they are very pretty, instagram worthy

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Taylor, sorry to hear that was your experience! Maybe you were looking for a sweeter version? You could play around with increasing the sugar, if desired.

  12. Mary Michell says

    My gluten and egg allergy friend said that these were the best cookies she has ever had! Thanks for making her day and mine. I love baking yummy food! :)

  13. Melissa says

    I made the dough for these cookies nine days ago, and just baked them this morning. I used egg replacer and added almond extract. They are soft, have a wonderful texture, and are delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Asha. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  14. Becki says

    These cookies were so good! I made three cookie recipes from your site for Christmas: these, the 1 bowl snickerdoodle cookies, and the no-bake peanut butter thumbprint cookies. All of them came out well and were easy to make. For the sugar cookies I just used store-bought frosting. These were simple to make, rolled out really easily and baked up nicely. They were easy to decorate and traveled to all of our Christmas festivities well. I received many compliments on them. Thanks for a great recipe!

  15. Joanna says

    Wow! Thank you so much for this. I had to give up dairy and eggs right before Christmas, in honor of my nursling’s digestive system, and I was feeling a little sorry for myself. The only thing I changed was using orange juice as the liquid (instead of the almond milk) so they would taste like the sugar cookie recipe I grew up with. And they totally do!!! They’re amazing!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Brandi, we haven’t tried it, but that might work. You may need to would reduce the amount by half because coconut flour is quite absorbent. Let us know how it goes!

  16. Jillian says

    Hi!! Made these for the second year in a row. This time I rolled them out and cut into Christmas trees. But coming out of the oven they look speckled, like grey dots on them. Maybe i overolled them? I did everything the same in your recipe except that i used larger grain sugar (raw cane) and all purpose flour. Maybe its the sugar im seeing. Any ideas?

    P. S. Im sure theyre still yummy and will be icing them anyway ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, the icing can be stored at room temp. As long as it isn’t too warm, it should be fine for a few days!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mel. We are so glad your kids enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Mel says

      I’ve made these many times.
      They are always delicious!
      I started making them with coconut oil and and coconut sugar and I use the aquafaba.
      They are brown but the flavour is delicious and I love how healthy they are.
      If you don’t mind a brown sugar cookie these are to die for.

      Thanks!

  17. Deanne says

    What is the best way to store these cookies. I’m making them now for a cookie party at my daughters school tomorrow. Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Deanne, we recommend storing leftover cookies covered at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.

  18. Lise says

    These look like a wonderful GF/Vegan alternative to one of our family holiday favourites, thank you! Would love to try the recipe. What could we use instead of almond flour (allergic to almonds)?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lise, maybe a blend of GF flour and arrowroot or cornstarch? We haven’t tried it though. Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, we haven’t tried that and aren’t sure whether it would work. Let us know if you give it a try!

  19. Michelle says

    Hi! Do you have to use an electric mixer for these or can you use a whisk or by hand? Also do you think coconut sugar would work ok instead of the cane sugar? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, a whisk by hand should work. Coconut sugar should be okay, but we do find it can impact the texture and make them darker in color. Let us know if you give it a try!

  20. Zoe says

    Made these today with my mum and they were delicious! I can’t find the super fine almond flour you use up here in Canada but i used ground almonds and they turned out perfectly. Thanks!

  21. Kary says

    We cannot use almond anything in our home due to having a tree nut allergic grandchild in our family. Hence I would love to know if I can use regular flour and make this recipe? I’d rather use the recipe as is but we cannot since we are hosting all 9 grandchildren in our home for this event. Thx so much!!

      • Laurence says

        I tried those with regular flour and the result was really not as expected. :( Maybe reduce the quantity of flour if you think of replacing it, because it was way too doughy. I might have done something wrong, but anyway, I love your blog and your recipes!

  22. Brenna says

    Hi Dana! LOVE this recipe! But I also really loved your recipe for crispy gluten-free/vegan sugar cookies. I used to make them every year but now I can’t find my hard copy and I can’t seem to find that recipe on your site anywhere now. Could you help? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, we haven’t tried it, but that might work. You may need to would reduce the amount by half because coconut flour is quite absorbent. Let us know how it goes!

  23. Rachel says

    Hi! I am not gluten free and want to use regular all-purpose flour. I see your note to sub just all-purpose flour for the almond flour and gluten-free flour blend. This would then be 2 and 1/3 cup flour, which just seems like too much to me. What do you think?

    • Mindy says

      I made these cookies today with an equal amount of whole wheat pastry flour (2-1/3 cups). I subbed 1 Tblsp ground flaxseed plus 3 Tblsp water for the aquafaba. I used Miyoko’s cashew-based vegan butter. I made mini sandwich cookies, 1/2 Tblsp each, and put 2 together with Dana’s vegan nutella in between. Baked in a toaster oven at 350 degrees for 10 min. They turned out great! Thank you, Dana!

  24. Jessica says

    Made these for the first time this weekend. Used coconut sugar, which tinted the cookies a bit brownish but they turned out lovely! Delicious!

  25. Anna Soman says

    These are fantastic! I needed to make sugar cookies for my 1st grader’s school party this Friday, and I try to do vegan and gluten free most of the time, so I thought I’d try some recipes. I’m so glad this is the first recipe I tried!! Skipping to the end, the cookies turned out DIVINE. My roommate swears they taste like the most delicious regular sugar cookies, and I agree. Slightly soft inside, slightly crisp on the edges, just like the perfect cookie should be. My changes: I substituted organic virgin coconut oil instead of vegan butter (I can’t eat canola oil, and I haven’t found a vegan butter that doesn’t use it), I used almost a tablespoon of organic alcohol-free vanilla extract instead of the vanilla and almond extract, and I used a tablespoon of bobs red mill egg replacer instead of the arrowroot powder (I was out of arrowroot). I ended up using three tablespoons of almond milk. I rolled them out slightly thick before using the cookie cutter (they almost taste like short bead and a sugar cookie had a baby). I put a sprinkle of the organic cane sugar on top before baking, and voila! By the way, I feel like they still got a nice hint of buttery almond flavor from the almond flour. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!!

  26. Sarah Brasher says

    These are crazy good! I swapped and just used an egg and the trader joes gluten free flour and they were a hit! I only cooked 10 min and next time I will prbly do 9 min. I like mine a little undercooked :)

  27. Anne says

    Hello! I was wondering if I could substitute the almond flour for tigernut flour? I don’t have almond flour on hand…. Also, the gluten free flour blend I have is without xanthum gum (I don’t tolerate it well), so would I need to adjust the recipe at all to compensate?
    By the way: I love your website! It’s always the first place I look for recipes for baked goods. I’m vegan and I have IBS, so if I ever want something sweet, i have to figure out how to make it myself…thank you so much for including so many gluten free and vegan recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So kind! Hi Anne. So I’ve never used tiger nut flour, but let us know if it works out! I’m not sure how it behaves or I’d give more instruction. As for the xanthum gum, it’s not really needed here!

  28. Melody Datz Hansen says

    I realized I only comment on recipes if something doesn’t turn out, and that’s super lame, so here I go. These cookies are easy and amazing–they remind me of The Joy of Cooking’s “rich roll cookies” my mother made when I was a kid: fluffy, rich flavor, and easy to roll out and decorate. We’ve made them twice and they turn out much better with the MB gluten free flour blend than the store-bought blend, which made the cookies mealy and too dense.

    • Michelle says

      These were delicious. I made them as recipe states and just formed them into little balls with my hands. Everyone loved them. I made the icing as directed ( 1/2 recipe) and I added about 1 t of lemon extract and decorated them with a little yellow sugar. They were the perfect summer time cookie. YUM!

    • Jennifer says

      So your saying to add the brine unwhipped into the bowl and whip? Or whip the brine and add to bowl and whip? Also, to what level should the brine be whipped, soft peaks or stiff?

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Sorry for the confusion, Jennifer! Add the brine unwhipped and then blend/whisk. I will correct that comment!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Julie, we haven’t tried that, but it should work! If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

      • Julie says

        We made them and they are GREAT! All Bobs Redmill gluten free flour worked great! Thank you so much! I love having new recipes my son can eat! Tomorrow we are having 13 kids over to decorate cookies for Easter and I’m so happy to have delicious cookies that everyone can enjoy! You have no idea what that means to an allergy mom?

      • Megan says

        We can’t eat tree nuts either, and I tried this today with oat flour and oat milk instead of the almond. They turned out great! I love baking but have not had much success since we had to edit out wheat, dairy, egg and nuts from our diets. It’s a real treat to find a recipe that works so well. Thank you!!

  29. Olivia says

    If I wanted to use an egg (since I’m just vegetarian), what would be the proper amount to substitute ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Olivia, Generally 3 tbsp of aquafaba to one egg, but this really depends on whether your aquafaba is close to the right consistency. It should be a bit slimy, but not too thick, and not too runny. Ideally it should be the same consistency as egg whites. Hope this helps!

  30. Nicki says

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a while, and boy, am I glad I finally did! Five stars! My 4 year old and I made them for Valentine’s Day. We made some as balls and some rolled out and cut, just to try them each way. After trying a couple of other vegan roll outs I was pleasantly surprised at how well these kept their shape! Not sickening sweet, these are so perfect. These will be in our holiday rotation from now on! Thank you!!

  31. Edith-Nicole Cameron says

    Turned out great. I used all-purpose flour in place of GF and almond flours; had to add about 2 tablespoons more soy milk (instead of almond) to get a malleable dough. Worked great, thanks! I’m loving all these aquafaba recipes.

  32. Lara says

    Dana! These cookies are amazing – your recipes make me feel like a super-baker. Seriously! This was a very easy recipe to get together and it came out beautifully. We used cookies cutters and they were just perfect. My son has a gluten allergy and it’s such a gift to have a good go-to recipe, with ingredients that are safe for him, without compromising taste and texture. You’ve given us that with so many of your recipes. Thank you!

  33. Shana C says

    I doubled the recipe for the cookies, but not the frosting. I colored the frosting pink with pomegranate juice which made it less thick and allowed me to cover more cookies. Yum!!

  34. maria says

    Great recipe for my vegan family! We made them multiple times already this season. We substituted the gluten free blend with pastry flour but kept the almond flour. We also used cultured vegan butter made with cashews, yummy! Thank you! Happy Holidays!

  35. Rebecca says

    I made these cookies exactly as laid out. I have made tons of your recipes with great success. My cookies didn’t really puff up or become fluffy at all… the taste great but hard and crisp. Any suggestions for what might have caused this?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rebecca! Sorry to hear that happened.. There are several reasons that your cookies came out flat, but here are a couple possible culprits!

  36. Christina Olson says

    These were delicious!!!!! I used sunflower flour instead of almond flour because of a nut allergy. Used pumpkin purée because I didn’t have canned chickpeas. Used coconut milk instead of almond milk. These were soft the next day and that’s what I was looking for. I’m going to make another batch but going to try palm shortening instead of soy-free Earth Balance tub butter. Just to try to make it more “clean”. I’ll report back!

  37. Chris says

    I just finished making this. Turned out fabulous. These are the following minor tweaks/subs I used. I used earth balance soy free butter in the tub (instead of stick), one egg (instead of aquafaba), and 1/4 cup cornstarch (instead of 1/3 cup). All other ingredients as listed in the recipe. I followed recipe process as written, used same oven temp and baking time. I can’t wait to decorate but have to until tomorrow. This recipe made 33 cut out cookies for me. I really am pleased with the results. Thank you for the research and recipe.

  38. Joanne says

    I’m very happy with these cookies! The recipe was easy to follow and the cookies are delicious. I used my husband’s aerolatte milk frother to make the aquafaba and it worked perfectly. I also pushed one vegan chocolate chip into the top of half the batch. It made a nice subtle chocolate flavoring.

  39. Brandy Thompson says

    These are awesome! So easy to make. They have a wonderful texture and the dough is really easy to handle(always a plus with gf). I used pillsbury gf mix for the flour blend and these turned out perfectly. I loved how many small cookies I got out if a single batch! Thank you!

  40. Meme says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this recipe! We make my grandmother’s sugar cookies every Christmas and I can never enjoy eating them, so this year I decided to make my own that I can actually eat! These are SO delicious, don’t taste GF/Vegan, and the icing is tasty as well! You’ve definitely perfected this recipe my dear- they don’t crumble or fall apart when cutting out shapes. And I sure do love a thick sugar cookie. You NEED to publish a cookbook! Thanks again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! They’re best during the 4 days but will keep longer. I’d recommend freezing for longer storage!

  41. Sam says

    I am so excited to make this recipe! Do you have any suggestions on how to make this taste lemon flavored? Or even just the icing lemony?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried and can’t say for sure, but if you experiment with the recipe, report back on how it goes! Good luck :D

  42. Hebba says

    Made these today with a few changes and they turned out great! I subbed self-rising GF flour mix for the 1 2/3 cup and then reg. Gf flour where it calls for 2/3 cup almond flour because I have a nut allergy and soy milk in place of the almond milk. And the chick pea brine fluffed like a dream. I have to play a bit with the flour and the soy milk adding to get the right consistency but I was even able to cut out stars and they didnt fall to pieces like a lot of gf vegan things. So thankful for people like you who paved the way for us newbies and allow us to share in the sweet treats and traditions like Christmas cookies ?

  43. Jessica says

    I made a double recipie of this for Thanksgiving. I had four kids ages 7 (x2), 5, and 3 help make them. They had so much fun. More importantly, these stood up really well to cutting with cookie cutters, and were stable enough for small children to frost them. Not a single one broke or cracked, which is my experience with every other recipie like this. Also, I took them to Thanksgiving, and everyone loved them, and said they were better than most wheat and milk cookies! I used two eggs (because doubled), but otherwise followed the recipie exactly (at least as exactly as small kids measure things). I’m so grateful that my son who is gluten and dairy free could have fun with his friends and impress his family members while enjoying baked goods himself. Thank you, although this is my first comment, I’ve made several things from this site and I’m so grateful for you and your recipie.

  44. Kay says

    I only want to know how to make cookies with the aquafaba in a regular sugar cookie recipe with regular flour and regular butter.

  45. Sandra G says

    I’ve made these twice now and they are delicious. Easy to make and fun to decorate.
    I love that they are crunchy too.

  46. Cait says

    These cookies are DYNAMITE, and so so easy to make!! Definitely a crowd pleaser. I subbed an egg for the aquafaba and it worked perfectly.

    Question — could I add some vegan chocolate chips to this dough? Would it affect the texture or bake time at all?

  47. Amy says

    I made these for a Halloween tea party i put on for my boys, mom, sister, and nieces. Everyone loved them! They remind me of my grandmother’s spritzer cookies she would make every Christmas and I have missed so much since going gluten, egg, and dairy free 5+ year ago. These will definitely be happening for Christmas and other special occasions from now on! I colored the frosting with activated charcoal for a black Halloween look and it worked perfectly. I will probably be halving the frosting next time as I like things a little less sweet/less frosting (personal preference) and this recipe makes a lot, guess i need to make more cookies:). This recipe is so good and easy (even the free range eaters loved them) thanks you for sharing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We are glad to hear that everyone loved them, Amy! Activated charcoal is a brilliant idea for a Halloween themed cookie :)

  48. Cat says

    Amazing!!! I have a corn allergy so I used tapioca starch instead of corn starch. Also used coconut sugar instead of cane sugar, pumpkin puree instead of aquafaba, and coconut oil instead of vegan butter. I did have to add a bit more almond milk. These taste EXACTLY like those lofthouse sugar cookies that I used to LOVE! Thank you!

  49. Holly says

    For your DIY flour blend…my daughter cannot have white rice. Can I just use more brown rice flour? Or can you recommend another substitute?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Holly! Another reader mentioned in the comments of this recipe that they successfully substituted with quinoa flour! I haven’t tested it myself, but if you do try, let me know how it turns out.

  50. Katy says

    These sound divine, being from the UK, we don’t really do sugar cookies, but I’m really interested in making these! I’m wondering about adding some lemon zest/extract/juice in to the mix though? Any thoughts on which might be best to add? Thanks, Katy :)

  51. Hannah Meisenheimer says

    Hello! I REALLY want to make your sugar cookies – unfortunately, I’m on the Keto-Diet, so I can’t have any of the components (rice -white or brown, potato, &/or tapioca) listed in your homemade g/f flour mix. Do you by chance know of another brand or mix of g/f flours that would still work well for the recipe, but also fit into the Keto-Diet parameters?! Thanks so much in advance!

  52. Sally fitzgibbons says

    I have be been gluten free since 1970 and this is the best cut out cookie recipe that I have come across.
    like you, I was a christmas cookie addict and have tried all these years to find a good recipe.
    I have made them several times and plan of making them a million more. You have made my day and days to come lol
    I would serve these at the north pole they are so authentic tasting, just like I remember them tasting as a little girl.

  53. Soo Min Ahn says

    I’ve been looking for soft vegan sugar cookies that don’t contain weird ingredients that I can’t find around me – like vegan ricotta, cottage cheese… nope.
    And then – BAM!
    I made this cookie recipe, halving it, with buckwheat flour (to sub for the gluten-free flour and cornstarch, as I didn’t have any at home, and an extra 1/3 cup of almond flour, because of the moisture content without the cornstarch), and a chia egg (I’m allergic to flax haha and always forget to ask my mom to save the aquafaba!), and it worked fantastically well! It seemed to be not done enough in the oven after 10 minutes, but your recipes always work out wonderfully (I once cut your cinnamon bun recipe in 24th as a snack, and it still worked amazingly – you have my trust haha), so I stuck to the recipe and brought them out. Once they cooled, they’d finished cooking with the residual heat, and stayed beautifully soft, with a nice, thin but slightly crisp crunch. I didn’t cool it, because it was getting late and the dough got me pretty impatient for the results, but they were awesome!

  54. Emilia says

    I love these! They turned out perfectly & as I hoped… replaced aquafaba with egg replacer. Toddler & family loved them. Not just for Christmas but any time of the year. Good for beginner bakers

  55. Sabina says

    Hi I’m a home baker and I’m looking at things to lengthen the shelf life of the cookies I give to people and I’ve stumbled onto Aquafaba which has made my cookies more open to people allergic to egg(like my mother) so I loved this recipe. I wanted to know how you found out the nutrients/nutritional composition of your cookies?! I saw the nutrition facts/panel at the bottom of your page and I was wondering how you found these details out? Is there a calculator online?

  56. J.C. Bokow says

    Please change your Print Version parameters so the text is BLACK and not GRAY; it’s too hard to read! Thanks.

  57. Anjelica says

    Dana you are a vegan wizard! I’ve probably made 90% of your recipes and these are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had! I was completely blown away! Thank you for all your amazing recipes!!

  58. Lizzette says

    Hello Dana,

    Just realized the almond I have is meal and not flour :( what can I use instead? Today is my Xmas cookies making day. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Lizzette

  59. BMatt says

    I highly advise against subbing the suggested flours for all purpose. My cookies came out incredibly crumbly and tasting like playdoh.

  60. Sadie Morrison says

    I’ve tried twice to make these and failed both times. First time I used becel to the same amount as the recipe, but they came out too flat and under cooked. The second time a cut the butter in half and the dough seemed promising, but that one didn’t work either same problem, I tired putting them at a slightly higher temp but they just browned. Not sure if it had to do with the vegan butter.

  61. Naomi says

    I used Bob’s Red Mill, 1 to 1Gluten free Baking Flour instead of the blend suggested here. This recipe was great! My husband likes soft cookies so he really liked this one. I rolled out the dough and made shapes, and I also rolled little balls by hand. I made this for a holiday treat party at work to satisfy the gf folks. I think they all loved it!

  62. Megan says

    These are amazing!! We have a lot of food intolerances in my house, leaving my toddler gluten free and vegan. I so badly want to have traditions (like baking Christmas sugar cookies) with her that she can partake in. These are it!!! So thank you from my 3 yr old (who gets to eat cookies like everyone else) and her mama.

  63. Clara says

    Hi! Do you think coconut oil would work instead of vegan butter? I’ve been looking for a palm oil free vegan butter and still haven’t found one so I am hoping I can use coconut oil. Thanks!

  64. Christina says

    How long do you whip the chick pea brine to make Aquafaba? I wonder if that if why my first batch was a bit dry? Thanks!

  65. KATIE says

    A vegan friend of mine is hosting a cookie exchange, and while she didn’t request anyone make vegan cookies, I wanted to at least bring a batch since she’s the host. After searching and searching, I came across these and the reviews led me to believe I found a winner. I’m so very disappointed… I spent so much time, colored half the dough red to make candy canes… They’re just awful (I’m so sorry to say)! My husband, a human garbage disposal, told me “Vegan or not, there’s no way you can give those to people.” My 4 year old who will eat anything if you call it a cookie also won’t eat them. I’m so bummed… I followed the recipe exactly and I’m a good baker in general… they were so bland and not at all sweet like a sugar cookie. The texture was more like a butter cookie, but no flavor. Any suggestions for, at the very least, sweetening these up?

  66. Gouri says

    I made these and stuck to the recipe but used dairy butter and subbed AP flour for the GF-flour mix. They came out really well! The cookies were fluffy and had a wonderful taste. I halved the frosting recipe and used it for all of my cookies since I didn’t want as much frosting. Overall, it’s a great recipe and one I’ll make again.

  67. Jackie says

    I just made this recipe and the cookies turned out terribly :( I followed the directions to a t, but I subbed in all purpose flour for the flour blend and almond flour since that is what I had on hand (as the recipe said I could). The “dough” was just crumbles that could not be molded, so I did nearly 4x the amount of almond milk to get it to a dough like consistency. I rolled out balls and flattened them and put them in the oven for the recommended time. These cookies were both dense and try. They felt like homemade play dough that had been left out to harden. I’m not sure how everyone else is having such success since I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out awful :(

  68. Megan says

    Can you pipe with this frosting? I’m looking for another vegan dessert option to make for a wedding…but the cookies need to be decorated! Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan! You could probably pipe this icing if you made it a little thicker using more powdered sugar, but this particular recipe is more of a royal icing than it is a piping icing so I would recommend spreading it rather than piping. Hope this helps!

  69. Beth Godbee says

    Thanks for this simple and delicious recipe — and other of your cookie recipes too. I love eating cookie dough and appreciate you sharing these! Thanks for your work with developing and publishing vegan + gluten-free recipes.

  70. Anika Faye says

    These were amazing! Best sugar cookies I’ve made in my life regardless of it being GF, or vegan. The cookie itself was soft on the inside and had a nice crust on the outside. I made them exactly as the recipe says, using aquafaba as the “egg”. The only downside is when I made the frosting, it melted really quickly and didn’t stay as fluffy but otherwise delicious! I brought these to Easter and they were a hit, even more so than the other non-vegan deserts there! Love MB, this was just one of the many, many successful recipes I’ve tried of hers:)

  71. Shelbi post says

    Question: is it 3 Tbsp of the chickpea brine before you whip it or is it 3 Tbsp of the whippe Aquafaba? Mine didn’t cook correctly but the taste was delicious and the frosting was perfect.

  72. Kaitlyn says

    Hi, if you’re not gluten free and can’t really track down all these different flour types, is there a way to substitute regular wheat flour that would make the recipe work?

  73. Cedar says

    The recipe says to put the chickpea brine in with the butter and sugar mixture. Does this mean the aquafaba or the brine straight – unbeaten?

  74. Johanna says

    Terrific recipe! It was an easy and fun cookie to make for my husband and I. We felt giddy eating these, they felt like a childhood treat. I subbed all purpose flour for the gluten free blend and they worked out perfectly. Thank you!

  75. Regina Almeida says

    Hello, this is my first time commenting but I love your blog. You are my go-to source for vegetarian/vegan recipes. I tried this recipe but substituted sprouted wheat flour for the gf flours and it didn’t really work out. The cookies didn’t spread out or puff at all. They tasted ok but they definitely weren’t the texture I was hoping for considering how beautifully fluffy yours looked. Do you have any experience with sprouted wheat and is there anything i could change to make this work out better next time? Thank you so much!

  76. Lara says

    My question is about the frosting. Before adding food coloring, the mixture was very light yellow… adding my natural red food coloring gave me a light brown color result – I was hoping for pink! Then I added blue… aiming for a purple-ish color and I ended up with a blue-ish, gun-metal grey color… which is cool, but not for preschool Valentine’s day cookies! Any tips or advice you could offer? I love the light pinks & blues you were able to achieve!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lara! Hmm I am stuck on this one. Could it possibly have been the brand of vegan butter used? It may have had a more yellow tint to it than most butters? Hope this helps!

  77. Caitlyn says

    I made them for a work breakfast lunch, everyone loved them! Especially my boss ??
    Taste like the frosted Italian cookies my grandma always had during Christmas.

  78. Christina says

    We made these cookies for Christmas for my son who is allergic to wheat, dairy, and eggs. We also made our “original” sugar cookies for everyone else. No one could tell the difference. They were SO amazing I won’t ever make my “original” cookies ever again. We’re making these today for my son to take to school for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for this recipe! (now I save all my chickpea brine and freeze it for later use)

  79. Rebecca says

    I just made these replacing the almond flour with bob’s red mill 1:1 GF flour. The cookies cracked quite badly on the top – thinking maybe my dough was too dry? I wasn’t sure what you meant by fluffy as mine didn’t puff up or rise. Otherwise they are pretty good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! They may have turned out dry because of the substitution for almond flour for the gluten free flour? They should come out fluffy and risen when using almond flour as it gives these a lightness. Better luck next time!

  80. Casey says

    I made these (and a few other cookies) for Christmas and they were my absolute favorite. I have never tasted a gluten free sugar cookie this delicious (I could hardly tell it apart from regular ones). BUT I did use a flour mix with xanthan gum in it, which made the cookies spread perfectly and not too cakey. I recommend adding it if you’re not averse to it.

  81. Dana says

    I made these with 1 2/3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour and 2/3 cups almond flour and they were just GREAT! My non-vegan and vegan family members all loved them!

  82. Hanusia says

    I didn’t have Earth Balance on hand, so I did use coconut oil instead, thinking it wouldn’t be too bad with AP flour (I’m not gluten free). The cookies turned out a little bit denser than I would’ve liked, but still-not too shabby, and they definitely filled a craving for me! I also swapped almond extract for vanilla extract, which worked nicely.

  83. kristin says

    i’m not adding what hasn’t already been said- they. are. amazing.

    i made one batch of these and two batches of regular sugar cookies. the regular sugar cookies tasted overwhelmingly buttery and sugary. these are such an beautiful blend of flour, salt and sugar to give it an all around goodness. only problem is that it is damn near impossible to eat just one, or two, or three… i am making them yet again for a birthday party this evening and can’t wait to eat more!!!

    healthy added bonus is that it forces you to make hummus with the leftover chic peas. love. it.

    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. Alli says

    THANK YOU!!! Since I was made aware that I am gluten intolerant, one of the hardest things to go without is sugar cookies at Christmas. I have tried several other recipes and this is by far the best. I knew it the minute I tasted the dough before putting it in the oven. These are SO good!!! Thank you for this recipe! If I see you around PDX I will probably give you a hug! :)

  85. Ashley says

    Made these as Christmas cookies for my colleagues. While I struggle with making them look as pretty as yours, these received lots of praise at work! I snuck a few at the house before I left as well. Thank you for making such lovely and delicious food. Merry Christmas (:

  86. Hunter says

    Hi!

    I’m baking for the holidays and really excited about these! I’m currently nursing a little one with dairy soy and gluten intolerance, eggs are fine. If I were to use actual eggs in this recipe would it be the same, and how many would I use? We generally do have them, but we’re out of chickpeas, and the current is temp is -1 so I’d rather not run out :) Any thoughts!?

  87. Alyssa says

    I just made these as cutout cookies and they turned out amazing. I’ve missed being able to join in the holiday cookie baking but not anymore! Thanks so much!

  88. Dara says

    Just made these Christmas beauties with my 3 year old baker. Super yummy and seriously fun to make! Thanks for this vegan holiday recipe!

  89. Jenny says

    I made these! I substituted almond flour with coconut flour and a real egg…they turned out as perfect as shortbread cookies (no puff)…perfect flat cookie for frosting.

  90. Rachel Brauer says

    Hi Dana!

    I really want to make this cookies, but I was wondering if there is a substitute for the Almond flour? I know it is a little bit tougher to come by and is a bit more expensive! Any advise will help :)

    p.s. I love your blog and cookbook!! I use it all the time! :)

  91. Leah says

    I made these last night! Followed your subs for a with gluten version. So delicious. My only note is that I had to turn the oven down to 350. Another fantastic recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I think so, but I would reduce the amount by half because coconut flour is quite absorbent. Let me know how it goes!

  92. Maggie says

    I’m hosting a holiday party tomorrow and wanted to make a Christmas themed cookie. I used dairy butter , but followed everything else exactly. I used cookie cutters shaped like snowflakes, ornaments and gingerbread men. The men lost limbs because the cookies were larger and therefore, fragile. As far as taste goes, they are delicious and not too sweet. The texture is soft and melts in your mouth. I decorated them with Colored frosting and sprinkles. I’m sure they’ll be a hit. Thank you.

  93. Scarlett says

    Hi – Question about the cookie dough, which I made last night. Per your suggestion, since I’m not GF, I used all-purpose flour + cornstarch. Then I added the almond milk, though even after 4 tablespoons of the dough was still pretty “crumbly.” I was able to knead it and then roll it out later but it still felt slightly dry and the cookies didn’t puff up like those in your picture. Should I have just kept adding almond milk until the desired consistency?

    Thanks in advance,
    – Scarlett

    • Erin says

      I had the same problem using regular flour! Dana, do you have a suggestion if we’ve already put in all the four to make the dough sticky again?

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Erin! Too much flour and not enough water can cause crumbly dough – people often do this if the dough is too sticky and they add more flour.. try adding a small amount of water and that should help!

  94. Alfio says

    Hi, I have a gluten free flour blend on hand (Namaste foods perfect flour blend). And it already has Arrow root. These are the ingredients Sweet brown rice flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, sorghum flour, xanthan gum.
    Would you recommend me just subbing the GF blend i already have for the arrowroot/cornstarch, almond flour?

    Thank you so much! I love all your recipes, you make it easy and inspiring to cook.

  95. Deanne says

    I made these with dairy free eggnog, nutmeg & cinnamon, then frosted w/dairy free eggnog frosting. They were a HUGE hit at a family get-together! Thanks!

  96. Kelly says

    Hi!
    I just tried this recipe tonight and it worked beautifully! I didn’t have any gluten free flour blend so I used all purpose flour instead! I did add the almond flour to the mix as well. I was able to find the earth balance sticks at Ralph’s :)
    I didn’t use the frosting recipe because honestly they taste amazing on their own!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! This will definitely be my go to sugar cookie recipe :)

  97. Theresa says

    I Just made this recipe and did cut outs. I thought the cookies tasted yummy. I found the more thicker the cookie the softer it will be. The thinner the cookie the more crunch to it. I used dairy butter and thought the icing was a little buttery which I probably could of added more powdered sugar. I am bringing the cookies to my daughter’s Christmas program. We had the option of baking or buying we chose to bake. I look forward to seeing the reviews of what others have to say about them. Oh and I was excited to use the fabanase. Really like watching the transformation of the cookie dough. ?

  98. Heidi says

    These cookies are delicious! I used an egg since I’m not vegan. I do have gluten and dairy allergies and these cookies taste like the real deal- flaky, light, small-bit-of-chewy-firmness in the center, not clawingly sweet- YUM. I will try using almond extract in place of vanilla for variety.:) These cookies will be a staple during the holidays from now on. An Excellent and Easy recipe– thank you, Dana!

    • Heidi says

      **i didn’t have almond flour or arrowroot so I used almond meal and organic corn starch instead and the Cookies came out fantastic. I also added a pinch of salt to the frosting to enhance the flavor. xx

  99. Lisa says

    Dana, these cookies are scrumptious! We are ok with eggs so we subbed one egg for the chick pea brine. They turned out just as described, fluffy on the inside. We gobbled them up quickly. My ten year old made these all by herself and she had a lot of fun. Thank you. We’ll be making these again soon. Happy Holidays!

  100. Hazel Newhouse says

    Oh my!! These looks so pretty. I’m going to have a go at some festive shapes and decorations later I think. Aquafaba really is magic stuff. The water of Gods! haha.

  101. Caro says

    Lovely cookies. I had the kids decorate them :)
    We have a real tree, but its still in its pot, roots and soil and all. We keep it in the garden all year, where it grows and grows and take it in just for X-mas. Its nice not to have something that you don’t have to discard after the holidays, but can see thrive… they keep in the pot (if its big enough) for years – we had ours for five now. After this X-mas we’ll take it to the woods and plant it there and then start again next year. Its a real family member…

  102. Emily Honeycutt @ emilyhoneycutt.com says

    Hi Dana, Which brand of food coloring did you use for these photos, Watkins or Color Kitchen? I have used Color Kitchen sprinkles, which I have found to be the best and most vibrant, but of course, they are also the most expensive. I would love to find a less expensive option, but don’t want to waste my money on another muted brand. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! I used India Tree but didn’t much care for them. I linked to others with higher reviews…

  103. Grace says

    These look awesome! I don’t have a handheld mixer, so I was wondering if using a food processor would give the same results?

  104. Ardis says

    Hi Dana,
    Is it possible to make aquafaba from the brine of other types of beans? I’m allergic to chick peas, but was hoping maybe the brine from cannellini beans might work…?
    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’ve heard cannellini can actually work! I haven’t tried it myself but let me know if you do!

  105. Laura G says

    Made the cookies today and used just unbleached AP flour. The cookies are good but I didn’t care too much for the icing so I think the next time I’ll just go with the powdered sugar, almond milk & extract method.
    Thank you for a simple and easy recipe!

  106. Emily Honeycutt @ emilyhoneycutt.com says

    Those cookies look beautiful, Dana! I just started using aquafaba recently and it works like dream. Your site is a great inspiration. Happy holidays!!

  107. Jennifer says

    Hi Dana,

    I was just wondering if you could write about the use of honey or agave in recipes. I know it is not vegan, but I cannot tolerate sugar and adding honey to recipes can complicate things with the ratio of dry and wet. So, I wonder if I could sub. honey for the dry can sugar in this and many recipes. I was really hoping you could solve this issue (!) as I head into the holiday season and my busy family is ready to eat cookies!! Thank you for any advice, I greatly appreciate it as I usually wing it in terms of substitutions with usually good results but wishing someone would create a rule on this issue.
    : )

    Also, I note you do not use xanthan gum in anything. Is the cornstarch or arrowroot enough? What is your opinion of xanthan? I do not like the flavour but sometimes wonder if it is necessary.

    Thank you so much,

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jennifer! I don’t find xanthan gum necessary. The cornstarch helps bind and add form to the baked goods! As for sugar, I’d actually recommend subbing stevia if I were you. Otherwise, add the honey or agave when creaming the butter. And if the dough looks too wet, compensate by adding more dry ingredients (GF blend, almond flour, cornstarch). Hope that helps!

  108. Cori says

    These look yummy! Looking forward to trying them. As for your real tree…Be sure to make a fresh cut off the end of the trunk just before placing in the tree stand. I always put an old towel down in the water well and wrap it around the trunk so that when you forget to add water for a few days it’s still wet. Seems to keep the needles on the tree a bit longer. Before you bring it indoors you might want to give it a good shake to get any loose needles out.

  109. Maggie says

    So much yum! I used AP flour, dairy butter, and FLAX EGG because this is all I have at my house on this cold, rainy afternoon! I had to bake the cookies a few extra minutes, and they seem to be more dense than what you’ve described. They are incredible, even with modifying the recipe! Thanks for the substitutions at the bottom – it helped me a ton!
    Take away: it seems like flax egg works fine!

  110. Georgie @ Healthy Pears says

    these look incredible! Can you taste the aquafaba in the cookies? I tried making an aquafaba mousse and it was a complete disaster, all i could taste was the chickpeas!! Would love you to give it a go!

  111. Courtney says

    Awesome again! You’re quickly becoming my go to gluten free recipe source. The recipes are always fool proof. I was feeling really left out this Christmas but these cookies cut beautifully! Thank you!

  112. Chia says

    Yum!

    Subbing almond flour for AP flour worked so well and i’m really glad with how the cookies turned out. Not too sweet but just adds the right punch for a nice sugary treat.

  113. Charmaine Ng says

    I could not resist the pictures in the feed. I love, love, love the pastel colours so much. Reminds me of Little Twin Stars, one of my favourite cartoons.

    – Charmaine

  114. Judy says

    Love the beautiful colors you used frosting these cookies. Tis the season for Cookie Baking! We put up a small “artificial” tree early in December so we can enjoy it during the entire holiday season, but there is no substitute for a “real” tree. We decorate the tree with a “tree decorating party” with family about 1 week prior to Christmas and it’s magic. Even picking out the perfect tree from a tree farm or a local merchant is part of the fun. Don’t miss this tradition, give it a try! ?

  115. Sarah says

    Hi! If using the pumpkin purée, does that make the cookies have a pumpkin taste at all? I haven’t experimented with Aquafaba yet and that seems easier. Thanks!

  116. GiGi says

    Chickpea BRINE?!?! Whaaa? Interesting!! I really need to use chickpea flour for some baking and see how that works and if it likes my stomach! These cookies look insanely delicious! I just made some vegan cookies for the blog Tuesday and they are NOTHING like these! haha!

  117. Carrie says

    Can’t wait to try these during our Christmas cookie bake with the nieces! I took your pumpkin bars and chocolate pie to thanksgiving dinner. They were wonderful! I used almond flour for the first time and loved baking with it. Can’t wait to try the aquafaba.

  118. Dee says

    These look AMAZING! I can’t believe how fluffy they are… mmm.
    Tree tip – put some sugar in the water to keep it vibrant longer :) Also, let it warm up for 24 hours after bringing it home, it will fluff up just like these cookies (or close at least :P)

  119. Olivia S. says

    I cannot wait to try these! As for real Christmas trees, they are definitely a greener choice! Nothing has to be shipped from miles and miles away, as there are probably a few tree “farms” around you. Hope that helps. Love your recipes and candor!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I wish it was my original concept! I learn new things from the vegan/dairy-free/egg-free community all the time!

  120. Erin says

    If i wanted to use all purpose flour in place of the almond flour and gluten free blend, would i use the same weight of all purpose for the other flours? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So the almond flour gives these a lightness, so I’m wondering if you couldn’t sub coconut flour, but because coconut flour can be so absorbent add maybe half the amount? Alternatively, a blend of GF flour and arrowroot or cornstarch. Good luck!

  121. Luci {Luci's Morsels} says

    Your photos are so inviting Dana! These are beautifully decorated cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend! xo

  122. Nixa says

    Hi Dana!

    I usually cook my dry chickpeas in the slow cooker. I wonder if the remaining water works for the Aquafaba, it doesnt look as thick as the liquid that comes with the can.

    btw, I always get a real tree but this year was considering a fake one due to several horror stories heard about spider eggs in the trees. Lol

  123. Heather says

    Hi,

    I have a Bob’s Red Mill GF -1 for 1 baking flour. I don’t think it has nuts for those above commenting, but I’d have to check. Can I use this in the recipe, in the same amounts as you listed?
    Thank-you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Julie! I tested this recipe with coconut oil and it didn’t work out quite as well. The texture was more dense and they didn’t bake through for some reason. But, they weren’t terrible either. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

      • Laura says

        Wondering what your favorite vegan butter substitute is. The taste of vegan Earth Balance makes me gag! What butter sub do you use here, plz? Thanks!!

        • Julie says

          I agree, I can NOT use Earth balance vegan butter! I have been using miyokos, it’s more expensive but it’s first ingredient is coconut oil not vegetable oil. It also comes in a block not sticks so it’s a little tricky to measure but I’ve had success with it!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          You should be able to freeze the dough or the unfrosted cookies. Hope that helps!

  124. Jenna says

    Hi Dana! These look amazing and I’m excited for this to be the first recipe in which I use aquafaba! I wanted to ask though if you think the almond flour can be substituted for a different kind due to a nut allergy in the family. Was thinking of oat but that would totally change the flavor. Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So the almond flour gives these a lightness, so I’m wondering if you couldn’t sub coconut flour, but because coconut flour can be so absorbent add maybe half the amount? Alternatively, a blend of GF flour and arrowroot or cornstarch. Good luck!

      • Neda Hillyer says

        Hi Dana! I am planning to make these delicious looking cooking this week. Are you saying that you could use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF flour blend in place of the DIY GF flour blend and the cookies will come out comparable? Thanks!

  125. Masha | Cardio with Carrots says

    Looks phenomenal! Sugar cookies remind me of childhood so much. Can’t wait to try these out.

  126. Tracy says

    I am also curious about a GF flour alternative to almond flour. I am allergic to almonds, and also GF. So many of your baked look amazing (as is every single recipe of yours I have made), but I haven’t tried them because of the almond flour. Almonds are the only issue for me, so could walnuts/meal be used as a substitute in some cases? I know this wouldn’t help those who have an allergy to all nuts, but just a thought.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tracy! So the almond flour gives these a lightness, so I’m wondering if you couldn’t sub coconut flour, but because coconut flour can be so absorbent add maybe half the amount? Alternatively, a blend of GF flour and arrowroot or cornstarch. Good luck!

  127. Mellonee says

    So excited to try this, thank you, thank you. I know gf flours have different characteristics, with a nut allergy, in your experience what would be the best gluten free flour to sub for almond flour? TIA for any advice.

    • Sarah says

      I second this! I usually use the oats but you said the almonds help with texture. We’re (for the first time) taking our son with severe allergies to Christmas with relatives and I think having a cookie available to serve would be fun.

      I’ve become a little obsessed with your blog! Thank you Dana!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi ladies! So the almond flour gives these a lightness, so I’m wondering if you couldn’t sub coconut flour, but because coconut flour can be so absorbent add maybe half the amount? Alternatively, a blend of GF flour and arrowroot or cornstarch. Good luck!

    • Lizl says

      I made these and substituted amaranth flour for the almond flour, since I had a nut-allergy issue to deal with, too. I just weighed out 75g of the amaranth flour so the proportions would be right. Cookies came out great. Rolled my and then used cookie cutters. I noticed the dough seemed to be drying out, so I wrapped what I wasn’t using in plastic wrap to keep it moist.

  128. Laura @ Raise Your Garden says

    Beautiful cookies! Stunning visual appeal. It’s funny you mentioned the live Christmas tree tip thing…my post this week is all about how-to buy the perfect live Christmas tree, I’m all about real. Just can’t do the fake tree thing. And the smell of the tree (not to mention these cookies baking……wiff…sniff….snack….) Can’t wait to try the frosting, my recipes have all flopped recently! Oh, and cats just LOVE real trees. They need it!!!!

    • Melanie says

      I promised my husband that we could try a real tree for the first time this year. Thanks for mentioning your article on picking one out. It’s going to help me feel more confident about it!

  129. Aleksandra says

    I have a perfect tip for getting a live tree – GET YOURSELF A CAT. When my parents first got a cat… 10 years ago?, the artificial tree survived a total of half an afternoon with him. Long story short, he took a really long run-up and jumped on top of it, knocking it down and breaking all the decor… Since then, they always have a real tree instead and everyone is happy :)
    (although, admittedly, the cat still likes to sit on top)