Happy Sunday Friends 🙂 WOW oh WOW. That is all I can say about this week. I am sure you have had a crazy week too. I will not even mention the “C” word that we have heard endlessly over the past month. I know this has been the talk of the town and the news. This blog post is all about deCLAIREing happy things so that is just what I’m going to do for you! Take your mind off of what is going on in the world and read about how I took my mom’s famous sugar cookie recipe andddd…. made it sugar free😱
Maybe with your extra time at home, you can even make these:) I would just recommend Amazon Priming two ingredients… and then I’m pretty sure you have everything else!
For today’s #SugarFreeSunday, I made some Sugar Free Shamrock Cookies:
You might be thinking, “Uh Claire? Isn’t the point of sugar cookies to have sugar in them?!”. Well, I used my favorite natural sweetener to replace the sugar. I have blogged about it before: Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener. Order it on Amazon NOW!!! They can bring it right to your door and you can make these yummy cookies while you are staying at home. This sweetener tastes 10 times sweeter than sugar and does not make your body feel gross. It’s zero calories!! Not sure how that is possible. Alsoooo, go and order Anthony’s Cassava Flour. I have blogged about this flour before too. It is a gluten free (and vegan) substitute that tastes like the CLOSEST thing to white flour. It’s amazing!!!
To start–like you do with any cookie recipe–you cream the butter and sugar. However, for this healthier recipe, I used coconut oil in replacement of the butter.
Next, you add your egg and vanilla and mix some more:) Then, add your baking soda and salt and keep on mixing!!! Lastly, you’ll add your flour a half a cup at a time, continually scraping the sides. You will get an AWESOME cookie dough texture. Feel free to try some… I won’t tell🤪
Next, decide how you want to shape your cookies! Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to be festive and make some shamrock cookies. I rolled out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and used a cookie cutter to shape my pieces. There was a little leftover dough so I made circle cookies with the rest. This made about 20 shamrock cookies and 1 circle cookie lol.
**If you want simple circle sugar cookies, roll the dough into 2 inch balls. Then, you can do my mama’s secret trick. Take a damp paper towel and fold it in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener to another bowl. Using the bottom of a flat glass cup, dip the cup in the paper towel and then the sugar to get a sugared bottom. Using the sugared bottom, flatten the dough balls.
Put your cookies on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 4 minutes at 375 degrees. Then, flip your cookie sheets (if you have two) and bake cookies for another 5 minutes…watching them closely so they do not burn. Take the cookies out and let them cool.
OKKKK I gotta tell you honestly. When these cookies first come out, they are REALLY spongy. This freaked me out the first time. Do not let it freak you out! The more time the cookies have on the warmed sheet to cool, the better. They harden so to speak. I let mine cool for about 15 minutes while I prepped my frosting😋
I used a recipe adapted from an instagram story of @choosing_balance! By using coconut butter, almond milk, and maple syrup, you can have a cookie frosting similar to royal icing. You can even use food coloring to dye it too!
Combine all the ingredients together and microwave for about 10 seconds! Let the mixture sit for five minutes and add your food coloring. I made mine green for St. Patty’s Day☘️💚 Then, I let it sit for another 10 minutes. By this time, my cookies were cool and firm AND the frosting was ready.
My tip for the frosting: DIP the cookie in the frosting. I tried using a frosting knife to apply the frosting and it was too runny. So instead, I dipped the cookie in the frosting and carefully pulled it out. I then lightly shook the cookie to get any excess frosting off. The texture of the frosting with the coconut butter made a really cool tint on the cookies! After cooling the cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes–they probably could have used more, I was just too excited–they looked like a tie-dye green effect.
I then used some Good Dee’s Sugar Free Sprinkles to add some extra pizazz!!! 🌈 Lol look at my cookie photoshoot!!
Y’all… I am so excited for this recipe!!! Just ask my dad, fiancé, brother, and future sister-in-law!!!! I was jumping for joy making and tasting these because they are the #REALDEAL!!!!! While you are staying home this week try making this recipe with your family, I highly recommend it! Then, share some pictures with me🤩🤩
Since I’m going to be staying home the next couple of weeks, I am so excited to continue blogging. I’ll be sharing more recipes, more clean life tips, crafting ideas, and other hobbies (???? I feel like I might get a little cooped up lol). Thank you for following along in my journey! I hope you all stay healthy and find some things that you can deCLAIRE that make ya happy!
Miss DeCLAIREing Happiness