This pair of recipes came out of the need to provide safe food for my family at two different events. The first was for Zax's class Gingerbread Party. The sign-up sheet came home, asking for parents to provide icing or decorations for the party. I signed up for icing and then chatted with the teacher the next morning. I know that oftentimes, Royal Icing is used for gingerbread houses because it dries very hard and strong, making a good "glue" for the houses. Was the recipe going to involve egg?
Royal Icing was the original plan and Zax's teacher had been searching the internet trying to find a safe alternative. I told her I knew of a way (aquafaba) to make Royal Icing without the egg, and then I wound up volunteering to make a batch for each table in Zax's classroom, because I didn't want anyone in the classroom using a sticky frosting with egg in it.
The second event I needed safe food at was Kal's preschool's Winterfest--an evening winter carnival to celebrate the holidays. I signed up to bring gluten free cookies because I needed to make something also be egg free, and all of the regular cookie slots were filled. Plus, I had TONS of gluten free flour left over from my top 8 free Pumpkin Bundt Cake experiments, and some soy-free Earth Balance too, so I decided to make my cookies top 8 free for the benefit of anyone with allergies!
Gluten-Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Top 8 free!
- 1 1/2 cups Soy-Free Earth Balance (3 sticks) or similar dairy-free "butter" substitute, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer + 8 Tbsp water (or 4 eggs equivalent of your favorite egg replacer)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups gluten free flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
When ready to bake, heat oven to 400 degrees F.
I transferred the parchment paper directly to the cooling racks. I don't think my racks carried as much cross contact risk, but this was easier. It made clean-up easier too!
Now to decorate!
Aquafaba Royal Icing
Top 8 free and vegan!
Put together from multiple recipes shared on the fabulous Facebook group, Vegan Meringue Hits and Misses
- 1 can Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) -- you'll need 11 Tbsp of the liquid (aquafaba)
- 2 lbs (one full bag) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp clear vanilla
Be aware, this is very thick and hard to manipulate. This frosting is like cement!
Start by tearing off a large piece of plastic wrap and laying it flat on your counter. Place your icing in the middle of the piece.
Happy baking and decorating! We're very close to Christmas, have a Merry and Bright, not to mention Safe, Holiday!
Linking up at Allergy Free Wednesdays and Gluten Free Fridays