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Just in time for Christmas guests, I decided to try my hand at a little vegan, gluten-free baking. I’m not much of a baking princess, but Bob’s Red Mill makes it pretty easy to bake a healthy, fun treat. I deviated from the instructions on the package (I didn’t have any eggs, so I used applesauce instead).
The total prep time for these cookies was about 15 minutes, and the total baking time was 15 minutes. Talk about an easy, 30-minute meal (yes, sometimes I eat cookies for dinner—doesn’t Santa do the same?)
Purchase Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix for $3.79. Photos By Kim Wallace.
1 package Bob’s Red Mill Shortbread Cookie Mix
3/4 cup vegan butter
1/2 cup organic applesauce
2 tablespoons water
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with canola oil, and put it aside for later.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl (I like my recycled plastic Preserve mixing bowls), beat butter for about 30 seconds. I used my Cuisinart hand mixer to make this a little easier. Then, beat in the applesauce and water.
Step 3: On low speed, beat in the cookie mix a little at a time. I put a half cup in first, beat the mixture, then added half the bag’s remains.
Step 5: After mixing that, I poured in the remainder and continued to mix until the consistency thickened.
Step 6: Spoon the mixture onto your lightly greased cookie sheet. I put a heaping spoonful for each cookie.
Step 7: Flatten out the blobs of cookie mix with a fork (similar to the way you would do with peanut butter cookies).
Step 8: Bake the cookies on the middle rack of the oven for about 15 minutes. Watch for the edges to brown. That's when you know they are ready! Then, remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a cookie tray to cool. These are not the most beautiful cookies I've ever made (I'm not a baking princess, remember?)...
But they sure were tasty! I dipped my Bob's Red Mill Shortbread Cookies into some melted hazelnut and chocolate to satisfy my chocolate fix. You can enjoy your shortbread cookies with peanut butter, powdered sugar or granulated sugar (just sprinkle granulated sugar into your mixture for extra sweetness). Bob's Red Mill Shortbread Cookies are a light, delicious, dunkable treat. Without any additions, each cookie is about 100 calories—and if you add chocolate, like I did, you can probably expect to add on another 60 calories or so. Good thing Santa doesn't mind.