Gluten-Free Vegan Sandwich Cookies

Getting gluten-free right doesn’t have to be a pain.  There are a few hacks to keep in mind, and this recipe takes advantage of at least one.  These passed the “it doesn’t taste gluten-free!” test, and they all got eaten quickly last time I took them to an event–so I’m sharing them with you today!

Vegan and gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies

I make my own gluten-free baking mix, complete with a blend of several different flours as well as a leavening agent (baking powder) and a gluten replacer (like xanthan gum).  You could get a pre-made all-purpose gluten-free baking mix, or make your own–I’m including the mix I used here as well, so the choice is up to you!  Note, though: I can’t guarantee it will turn out exactly the same if you use a different baking mix!

Let’s get started:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c cane sugar
  • 1 c vegan margarine (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 c rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 c gluten-free baking mix (I make my own, recipe for this included below!)
  • 1 TBS psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • If you’re making your own gluten-free baking mix, then scroll down below first for that, and then come back.
  • Combine ingredients in the order you see them above.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet by the spoonful.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes (or longer if your cookies are larger).  They’re done right as you see the first bits of brown on the tops.
  • Allow them to cool completely before filling!
  • You can fill them with whatever you like, but chocolate frosting is usually a winner.  You can purchase chocolate frosting or make your own.  There are loads of recipes for chocolate frosting out there, but if there is demand for it, I can post one here, too!

Here are a few different fillings: chocolate, pumpkin, and pastel lemon:

Vegan and gluten-free pumpkin sandwich cookies

Vegan and gluten-free pumpkin sandwich cookies

Vegan and gluten-free lemon sandwich cookies

And now the gluten-free baking mix, which this recipe uses:

Gluten-Free Baking Mix

This baking mix is what I’m currently using in cookies.  You could also use a pre-made all-purpose baking mix and likely get similar results (no guarantee, though, as each one is different!)  Note that a baking mix is different than just a flour blend, as the baking mix will contain a leavening agent, such as baking soda, and a sticky agent, such as xanthan gum.  That said, here’s how to make the blend I used:

  • 1 c potato starch
  • 1 c tapioca starch
  • 1 c rice flour
  • 1/2 c arrowroot starch
  • 2 TBS baking powder
  • 1 TBS xanthan gum

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