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St. Patrick’s Day Part 3 of 3 – Festive Corn Free Cookies

Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free lime cookies

It’s been a long few days of experimenting with different things, and I am happy to have a nice corn free solution for dessert. WARNING: This is a really long post due to several components.

I have say, I started this with the best intentions to have beautiful shamrock cookies. I had it all planned out, there would be icing, colors, and yumminess galore! Too bad the cookies wouldn’t hold their shape, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan

About This Cookie Journey:
I started with the cookie dough and pressed it into a mini cake pan (there was parchment paper below to make it easier to release the cookies). Next, I baked it for 8 minutes, and while it was still hot, I pressed the cookie cutter into the cookie to make the shape (to trace later). From there, I made the lime icing, and then tried to pipe it onto the cookies. With the theme of green, lime was the only fruit we could think of that would enhance the flavor and not make it funny (like broccoli or something strange). I shredded the outside (or zest as the pros say) of the lime, and then using a mortar and pestle, I did my best to grind it into a liquid. The problem with that was that the small chunks of lime zest kept getting stuck in the tip.

Now that I’ve shared all of that, I have to say this: These are definitely not something I would make regularly. They’re a LOT of work, and we only made 6 of them. If you really want to do this, set aside several hours. In terms of flavor, the lime icing was delicious. It also paired well with the chocolate cookie which was a happy surprise. Personally, I’ve not been excited about sweets lately, so I only ate a small bit of each flavor. The kids on the other hand gobbled these up. The Papa helped them too.

Sugar Cookie Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Spectrum Shortening
1 1/4 cup Organic Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp Dry egg mix (or 1 egg)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Sugar (or extract)
5 TBSP Water
2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour

Directions:
In a stand mixer (setting 6) mix the shortening and sugar together. Be sure to scrape down the edges to ensure that it’s mixed well. Continue to cream the mixture, but remember, since we’re not working with “traditional” ingredients, it’s not going to “cream” the way you may think it will.

Once it’s all mixed, add in the other ingredients, except for the flour. Mix it together, and then add the flour.

Personally, I add 1 Tablespoon of the water before the flour, and then add the other 4 Tablespoons as the flour combines with the rest of the ingredients.

That’s it for the dough. You can fridge it if you’d like, or not. Sometimes I find it’s better to work with cold dough, however, I haven’t gotten these results consistently when making corn free cookies.

Bake these in the oven for 8 minutes at 325 degrees. THIS IS IMPORTANT. If you go a moment over 8 minutes, I’ll be honest, it’s not going to hold up as well.

Chocolate Cookie Ingredients::
1 cup Organic Spectrum Shortening
1 1/4 cup Organic White Sugar
1/4 cup Organic Light Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Organic Cacao Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp S Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp Dry egg mix (or 1 egg)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Sugar (or extract)
6 TBSP Water
2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour

In a stand mixer (setting 6) mix the shortening and both sugars together. Be sure to scrape down the edges to ensure that it’s mixed well. Continue to cream the mixture, but remember, since we’re not working with “traditional” ingredients, it’s not going to “cream” the way you may think it will. Once it’s all mixed, add in the other ingredients, except for the flour. Mix it together, and then add the flour.

Personally, I add 1 Tablespoon of the water before the flour, and then add the other 5 Tablespoons as the flour combines with the rest of the ingredients. That’s it for the dough. You can fridge it if you’d like, or not.

Bake these in the oven for 8 minutes at 325 degrees. THIS IS IMPORTANT.

Frosting Ingredients:
I made a full batch of icing, but there was a lot left over. I would suggest you make a 1/2 batch if this is the only thing you’re going to use it for.

1/2 cup Shortening
4 cups Organic Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Organic Vanilla Sugar (or extract)
1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
5 -7 TBSP water (The more water you use, the thinner the frosting will be)

Frosting Directions:
Start with the shortening in the stand mixer, and mix for a few moments to get things going. Add all of the other ingredients, except for the water. Mix shortly to get things slightly combined. Last, add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once your icing is smooth, it’s ready to be used.

For the Lime Frosting:
In a small bowl, scoop out two large spoons of the frosting. Zest lime into a mortar and pestle and crush. Mix in the lime “slush” from the mortar and pestle. When crushing it, I added a little bit of water to help it move a bit faster together. Sadly, the water worked against me when I mixed it into the icing, as it became quite runny. However, it wasn’t so bad. On the cookies with the lime in the middle, it worked almost like a liquid fondant, and filled in perfectly.

Overall Thoughts
A lot of work went into these cookies. I really only think its worth it all if you’re making a lot for a party or very special event. Since we only made a few, I didn’t have a chance to freeze the cookies to see if they would hold up.

Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free sugar cookies
It all started out nice…
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free sugar cookies
A beautiful cookie! Let’s see what happens when it cooks…
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free sugar cookies
Dun dun duuuuuu (the sound of trouble) It didn’t hold up 🙁
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free chocolate cookies
Here’s the yummy chocolate cookie dough
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free chocolate cookies
The chocolate cookies didn’t hold up either 🙁
Organic lime
Here’s the lime grated.
Organic lime
Be sure to put your arm into this. Its hard work.
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free sugar cookies
This is plan B
Mini cake pan with parchment paper
Don’t forget the parchment paper
Squishing cookies
Use another pan to squish the cookie evenly
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free sugar cookies
I tried to impress the shape before baking, but it didn’t last
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free chocolate cookies
Here’s the chocolate one
Organic corn free lime icing
Here’s the lime icing mix
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free lime cookies
Aren’t they pretty?
Corn free egg free gluten free dairy free lime cookies
The final product!

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