It’s Christmas Cookie Time…

Who doesn’t love sugar cookies? They are crisp and delightful, sinfully simple. Coated with colorful icing or sprinkled with with sparkling sugar they never fail to delight children, teachers, grownups and of course, Santa. We make tons of batches of Sugar Cookie dough during the holiday season. My kids love rolling, and rerolling, cutting and decorating. Sometimes we’ll make a sweet frosting, but most of the time I just like sprinkling the cutouts with decorative sugar before going into the oven. I am sure many of you already know this, but always check the label of your sugars…some use shared facilities that may not be safe for you or your food allergic child.

Here is my favorite All Purpose Sugar Cookie recipe, made without dairy, eggs or nuts of course! Enjoy!


Double the recipe to make a big batch for you and the kids.

¾ c. dairy free shortening

1 c. granulated sugar

½ c. unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

2 ¾ c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt


In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment combine shortening, sugar, applesauce and vanilla thoroughly. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt with a wire whisk. Add to shortening mixture and mix on low until combined. Chill dough in refrigerator for one hour or more.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness on floured board. Dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out desired shapes. Bake 8-10 minutes or until very light golden. Cool completely on baking sheet.


28 Responses

  1. I hope you don’t mind if I link to this post and recipe from the Food Allergies and Sensitivities circle at the Motherhood.

  2. These are delicious! Thank You! Besides making cut out cookies with sprinkles, we also made small round cookies, topped them with crushed candy canes and baked. Yum – They are wonderful!

  3. Thanks for the sugar cookie recipe. I found it just in time to send a batch for the first-grade holiday party. My daughter is always excited when I find a new recipe that she can eat – even better when it’s cookies 🙂

  4. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for your site! I just found it this past week and I already made banana muffins for our church Easter party….they were great.

    I was wondering what shortening you use for your baking recipes. I have always used dairy-free margarine when I make sugar cookies, but it did make the dough kind of crumbly to work with. Can I substitute that for the shortening in your recipe if I don’t have shortening on hand?


  5. Thanks so much Jackie! I’m glad you enjoyed them! With this particular recipe I only like shortening…it makes the dough so much easier to handle. I used to have problems with cookie doughs, they would fall apart or get too sticky. This one is as smooth as playdough. I like to use plain crisco, and it keeps indefinintely in your pantry. Have fun!

  6. I gave this recipe to my son’s pre-school teacher because she wanted the kids to frost pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies as one of the Halloween party activities. The cookies were great! All of the kids loved them and the parents who shared their child’s cookie with them didn’t even know that the cookies and frosting were dairy/egg free!

  7. This worked great! My husband even loved them and he’s not big on eggless baking! 🙂

  8. I have made this recipe several times – each time they are gobbled up immediately! The last time I made them I added 3 tablespoons of Hershey’s coco powder to make them a little different…they were amazing!! The dough was brown, however, since I was making Easter bunnies and egg shapes it added to the other overall appearance of the cookies. My next adventure will be to make 1 batch vanilla & 1 batch chocolate and then try and make a swirl with them like a pin wheel cookie!

    Once again, thank you for all you do for all the families that have food allergies!

    • Hi Michelle! Absolutely!! It will be perfect..and even better…freeze in parchment and foil if you need to. I do it all the time during busy holidays!

  9. I was about to ask if you had a frosting recipe to use and make with these. Then I realized my mom’s frosting that she always uses is made with shortening! Here it is if anyone wants it (hope it’s okay if I am sharing this)! 🙂

    In food processor:
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 Tbsp. water
    1 c. shortening
    4 c. powdered sugar
    1/4 tsp. salt.
    combine in the food processor.
    This makes a lot of frosting so double your cookie recipe. I divide in small bowls and then make different colors. This is an excellent frosting for piping (from the Wilton company)

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  13. Does this sugar cookie recipe freeze well? Wanted to get some cookies made ahead of Christmas to decorate with the kids later.

  14. I’m so glad you have a log of your recipies, as you know, I do own your book, but we have moved and I have yet to find it! (I hope it’s not at the other house) and I need to make sugar cookies STAT! LOL! Thanks again for the blessing you are!


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  16. I realize it would depend on the size of the cutters but approx how many cookies does the recipe make??? Trying to figure out how many batches to make for the neighborhood trick or treaters 🙂

  17. My Grandson has a horrible allergy to just about all food. He has EE and I am trying to find a cookie recipt that I can make him. Here is a list of ingrediants he can have. Wheat flour, corn starch, baking soda, all types of sugar, vanilla, none dairy butter, apples and grapes. He cannot have any type of milk. Do you have a cookie recipt that I can make him with these ingrediants?

    Thank you

  18. Thanks for the recipe!!! They were delicious! I recently took a 2 year into my daycare who has allergies to eggs, nuts and milk. She loves to be part of the baking with all the other kids- I do at least one baking project a week that the kids get to help with as well as making almost all home-baked treats for the kids. It’s cheaper, healthier and way more fun!! It’s always great when I can find recipes like this that they can all be a part of making and eating!! We will be making lots more for Christmas!!

  19. These are fantastic! My son is allergic to egg, peanut and dairy. (mildly soy) he’s one. My daughter is almost 5 and I really wanted Santa’s cookies to be a joint effort AND be a special treat for them. Well, I shall look no further! delicious! They’re fantastic! I also used Martha Stewarts Divvies vanilla Frosting that meets the requirements for us. And these are beautiful. Santa will be quite pleased and gracious. I’m sure of it! YUM! Thanks!-Jenn

  20. so much better than Cherrybrook Farms! This recipe saved Halloween for my six-year-old. Thank you so much. I will be buying your cookbooks.

    He has never had a cut-out sugar cookie before.

  21. My son is allergic to fruit so I can’t use the apple sauce, I usually use 1tsp baking powder, 1Tbsp white vinegar, and 1 Tbsp of water for each egg. What do you suggest I do?

  22. I’m very new to this and my husbands nephew is allergic to nuts, egg, dairy and gluten. Is this considered gluten free?