Sugar Cookies for Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food allergy is a serious medical condition—but the ways in which we raise awareness can have a lighter approach! This year, FARE is starting its first #TealTakeover—a coordinated campaign that encourages individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses to paint their community teal, the official food allergy awareness color.

There are lots of ways for you to get involved, including making these allergy-friendly cookies for friends, family or coworkers!

Milk-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Tree nut-free

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  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ T. water, 1 ½ T. oil, 1 tsp. baking
  • powder; combined
  • teal food coloring (optional)
  • 4 tsp. water
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add water, oil and baking powder mixture; beat until light and fluffy. Optional: add food coloring as desired to remaining water. Stir water into shortening mixture. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Chill 1 hour.

Grease cookie sheets. On lightly floured board, using half of the chilled dough at a time, roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut in desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from pan and continue cooling on wire racks.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

Combine sugar and water and stir until smooth and to desired consistency. Add vanilla. Spread over cookies. Allow to harden.
To decorate cookies as pictured, make two batches of icing. Add teal food coloring to one batch (if you don’t have teal food coloring, try combining blue and green until you have the shade of teal you like). Spread cookies with white icing. Snip off the corner of a small plastic bag, then fill with teal icing and pipe the outline of the cookies in teal.

Remember to tag your photos and updates with #TealTakeover – we can’t wait to see how everyone is participating!

Allergy-friendly Hot Chocolate and Nutmeg Cut-out Cookie Recipes

Whether you’re making cookies for Santa Claus, or a holiday party, these spiced sugar cookies are sure to please. Pair them with a steaming mug of milk-free hot chocolate and you’re all set for a festive treat that will please kids and adults alike!

Nutmeg Cut Out Cookies

Milk-Free Hot Chocolate

  • 1 T. plus 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups vanilla-flavored rice beverage
  • 1 T. plus 1 tsp. molasses (not blackstrap)
  • Dash of salt

Place all ingredients in saucepan, over medium heat. Stir often to be sure cocoa powder dissolves. Serve hot.

Nutmeg Cut-Out cookies

COOKIE:

  • 1 cup milk-free margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 tsp. baking
  • powder, mixed together
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • dash of salt

FROSTING:

  • 4 T. milk-free margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 T. confectioners sugar
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

In large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Beat in vanilla extract; and water, oil, and baking powder mixture. Beat in flour, nutmeg, and salt. Knead dough into a ball. Cover and chill overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in quarters. Roll each quarter out, 1/2-inch thick, between 2 pieces of wax paper. Cut out dough with desired cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 11 minutes, or until done. Cool on wire racks. Frost with Cookie Frosting and decorate, if desired.

FROSTING:

In medium bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, combine all ingredients until smooth. More water or confectioners sugar may be added, 1 T. at a time, until desired spreading consistency is achieved.

These recipes, along with more than 150 others, are available in our Holiday Cookbook – available for just $12.99 on our online store