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Jeran's Favorite Sugar Cookie

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Recipe Created By: DawnL


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1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Spectrum Shortening
2 tbsp flax meal, mixed with 1/3 cup warm water (or 2 eggs)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 cups rice flour
2/3 cup arrowroot starch
1/3 cup tapioca starch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


Heat oven to 375 °F. Mix flax meal and water, if not using eggs.

Combine sugar and shortening in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Add flaxmeal mixture (or eggs), maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat well.

Gradually add flour, starches, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, at low speed until well blended.

If dough is too sticky and soft to be rolled, refrigerate one hour. Keep refrigerated until ready to roll.

Bake at 375 °F for 5-9 minutes. How long depends on the size and thickness of the cookies. Be sure to not over bake them. Cool 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to the counter to finish cooling.


This recipe should be able to make cut out cookies. So far, I've just made round, frosted sugar cookies, and round snickerdoodles with it. But I adapted this from a cut out cookie recipe, and the dough felt like it could easily handle being rolled and cut out. I know I will be trying it as the holidays approach.

I first made this as a frosted sugar cookie so Jeran would have something yummy at cake time, during his little brother's 2nd birthday party. Imagine my surprise when all the cousins headed straight for these cookies at cake time. And I was so happy that they ate every one and asked for more.


I use EnerG Baking Powder which calls for doubling the amount for best result - use 1 1/2 tsp.

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