Spooktacular Chocolate Cutout Cookies

by Maggie on October 24, 2012

The kids and I have been busy decorating, planning costumes, and baking – all in the name of Halloween. It seems to be the beginning of holiday fun, since (sorry to say it) Christmas isn’t that far away once we get past trick or treating!

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to make cutout cookies. They love to pull out our collection of cookie cutters and destroy the kitchen, my idea of holiday fun! I’ll do anything to get my kids into the kitchen with me.

Livvie is always asking me to make her favorite Chocolate Chocolate Cookies, so I thought it would be fun to make cutout cookies using that very recipe (it worked for Oreo Cookies, remember? ).

Gluten-Free and Vegan Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Yield: 24 cutout cookies of various sizes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature (not liquid)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
14 drops (1/4 teaspoon) NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia (we used Vanilla flavored stevia)
1 tablespoon ground chia combined with 1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
1 cup teff flour, plus a little extra for rolling
1/3 cup raw cacao powder (cocoa powder works too)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
2. Cream coconut oil, coconut sugar, and stevia in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in ground chia and water mixture, vanilla, and psyllium seed husks.
4. Mix well, until all ingredients are fully mixed.
5. In a small bowl, whisk the teff flour, cacao, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
7. Cut dough in half and move to a lightly floured surface (I use extra teff flour for rolling) and roll out until about 1/2 centimeter thick (or to desired thickness).  Place half the dough in the fridge so it stays firm.
8. Using desired cookie cutters , cut into shapes and place on tray.
9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, longer if you want them really crunchy. Just be sure to check on them so they don’t burn.
10. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes (or longer depending on shapes) and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
11. Repeat with remaining dough, you may need to refrigerate dough if it gets too soft to work with.
12. Frost or leave plain.

We even decorated some of our cookies with India Tree sprinkles.

I am getting a lot of mileage out of this recipe. And guess what? I have one more version in mind!

Have a spooktacular Halloween!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather October 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I came on to get your sugar cookie recipe to do cut-outs, but I think I’ll try this one instead! (Or maybe…I’ll do both… Muahahahaha!!)

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Maggie October 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oooh! Wish we could bake them together! I think you should do both, you know how you love cookie cutters – cue spooky and evil laugh.

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Nikki October 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi – when u said you used vanilla – is there vanilla flavor stevia? I apologize I am not familiar with the stevia drops. Thanks

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Maggie October 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

That’s a great question Nikki. I’ll go back and clarify in the recipe. There is vanilla stevia, and that is what I meant. Before I started using stevia I would always use a liquid sweetener when a recipe called for stevia. So you can go that route too. Perhaps 2 tbsp of liquid sweetener. Hope that helps!

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urbanvegan October 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

These look good…love the cutters. Better than giving out candy!

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Maggie October 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Thanks @urbanvegan :) Happy Halloween.

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Dana October 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

That might help me! I don’t use stevia, so do you think maybe 2 tablespoons of honey would work?

Thanks for this great looking recipe :) I’m trying to bake with less sugar so this is a great start.
-Dana

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Maggie October 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Dana – That’s what I would do if I didn’t want to use stevia. Let me know how they turn out!

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Minnie(@thelady8home) October 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Chocolate cookies are always great, to make such nice cut outs, it makes them look far more lovely.

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Maggie October 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I agree Minnie! It’s a nice change from the ordinary :)

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noreen October 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’m out of teff do you think I could substitute another flour?

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Maggie October 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Hi Noreen – I think you could, the flavor would be different. Do you have sorghum? That would be my next choice. Quinoa might be too strong of a flavor and almond would totally change them. Let us know what you decide to use. Happy Halloween!

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Annie October 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

These look awesome Maggie! But I am wondering…how do you handle trink or treating with the kids? What do you do with all the treats that they get that they can’t eat? And what do you hand out?!? Thanks…I’m clearly in need of some pointers for out first real GF Halloween.

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Maggie October 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Annie :) I always keep a stash of candies that we can swap out. Sure, they’re not his first choice, but it’s better than nothing! It’s a tough night to be in our situation. I try to let go of my usual no candy no crap space. It’s only one occasion and Quincy will probably forget after a couple of days. I’ve heard of people buying their candy from their kids and then taking them to the toy store. I’ll try that this year and let you know how it goes. xo

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Annie October 31, 2012 at 4:10 am

Hmm… good ideas. Our neighbours take their kids out early, switch them for a gift when they get back and then use the candy they got to give away at their own door! Now that’s thinkin’

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Shirley @ gfe October 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

These cookies look great, Maggie. As the saying goes, you guys “did good”!

Happy Halloween!
Shirley

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Maggie November 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Thanks Shirley!

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Kim-Cook It Allergy Free October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

So so cute, Maggie! I love this recipe. My kiddos will have so much fun with these! Hope you have a fun night tonight!! :D And I have to agree. All of the festivities seem to be the beginning of the holiday season! YAY!!

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Maggie November 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Kim! We had a great night, but I am glad it’s over! Now we need to get rid of this candy :) I hope you guys have a great holiday season. xo

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