Gluten-free, Vegan, Raw, Oh My! 10 Christmas Cookies for Every Diet

Photo by: Kathy Patalsky
Orange Spice Cookies
Dry Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups wheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Wet Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (unsweetened), 3 Tbsp soy milk, 1 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp flax seeds (optional, helps to bind)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, spices, salt.
3. Soak optional flax seeds in juice for a few minutes - until gel forms a bit. Add in the soy milk, vanilla extract, sugar, pumpkin and Earth Balance. Whip until smooth.
4. Fold into the dry mixture until smooth. Fold in orange zest.
5. Scoop dough and shape into balls; roll the balls generously in your dry sugar mixture.
6. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes until edges begin to brown.

Whipping up vegan treats for Christmas is a lot easier than you'd think. I bet you didn't know that just about any holiday cookie you love can be made into a healthier vegan version... or that it's just as easy to find yummy holiday treats that are gluten-free or raw.. So why not give it a try so that everyone at your party can enjoy hour hard work and delicious rewards? Here are 10 favorites, including classic sugar cookies, gingerbread men, peppermint-infused cookies, snickerdoodles, green tree stacked cookies and more! - By Kathy Patalsky

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