daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie

for the holidays k’s school is making sugar cookies. so i found this sugar cookie recipe and pared it down for k’s allergies – which made it just 2 main ingredients and a few flavoring ingredients (vanilla and salt). the only cookie cutters we owned were star wars cutters that m got as a gift. so for the trial run, i made  star wars apple “sugar” cookies.

milk sugar cookiem enjoyed the star wars cookies but i didn’t love the first recipe so i looked for another. this one had a few other ingredients, including egg, butter and milk. since k can’t eat eggs, i substituted it flax meal with water. i also used a vegan spread instead of butter. m liked the flavor of this milk “sugar” cookie better than the first. 

so for school i packed the second recipe with the cookie cutter so other students could have the same shape and k wouldn’t feel left out. she ate the cookie and shared it with her best friend, who ate it also. yay!

apple “sugar” cookies

cooking tools

  • large plastic bag
  • cookie sheet pan
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutters
  • wire rack


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ teaspoon alcohol free vanilla
  • 1½ cups gluten free flour + extra to sprinkle on surface
  • a pinch of salt


  1. in a mixing bowl, add the applesauce and vanilla. mix.
  2. add the flour and salt. mix until combined. the dough should be quite stiff so if the dough is soft, add some more flour.
  3. flatten to a round shape, put inside a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  4. remove dough from refrigerator.
  5. preheat oven to 350°F. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. sprinkle rolling board with flour. unwrap dough and sprinkle with flour.
  7. roll the dough to about ¼ of an inch thickness.
  8. if desired, cut the dough into shapes and place on cookie sheet.
  9. bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the edges.
  10. cool on cookie sheet for a 5 minutes in pan, then remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


milk sugar cookies

recipe from The Minimalist Baker

milk sugar cookiecooking tools

  • medium mixing bowl
  • large plastic bag
  • cookie sheet pan
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutters
  • wire rack


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    – or – ½ cup vegan spread
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
    – or – 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
    – or – 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free baking mix (or sub a gluten free flour blend + 2 tsp baking powder + ¼ tsp salt)
  • ⅓ cup milk


  1. in a medium mixing bowl, beat together softened butter or spread and sugar until creamy.
  2. add egg or egg substitute and vanilla into the bowl. mix again until well combined.
  3. alternate adding baking mix and milk until a thick dough forms.
  4. cover and refrigerate at least 2 to 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. preheat oven to 375F.
  6. version a: scoop rounded 1 Tbsp amounts of dough and gently roll/form into balls. place 2 inches apart on pan to allow for spreading.
    version b: roll dough until 1/4 inch high. use cookie cutters and cut out shapes.
  7. bake for 10 to 12 minutes. they should be pretty puffy but not have a lot of color or they’ll become too dry.
  8. set on pan for a few minutes, then use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack.

both versions of the cookies didn’t puff up much so they ended up a more dense, bready cookie, which m likes but not my preference so when i’m in the mood to bake again, i’ll have to tweak some more!


1. resource – original recipe from Minimalist Baker: Super Soft Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

2. see other daycare cooking assignments

recipes to try #

resource – original recipe from The Pretty Bee: Gluten Free and Vegan Sugar Cookies

resource – original recipe from Rolling Out Dough: Easy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

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