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These easy cookies for kids are so exciting and entertaining to make with their friends! They are simple, delicious, crunchy, and take little ingredients, not to mention they are made with healthier, gluten-free components that won’t spike the children’s sugar levels too much😊.
Since kids like to nibble on cookie dough (who doesn’t), this cookie recipe for kids is vegan, containing no dairy, egg, or inedible raw ingredients. so guess what, you can eat the dough! They are also one of the best cookies to make with kids since they are healthier and will not create too abundant of a mess!
One of our family favorite things to do together while my kids are still young is to have playdates with friends before they become too old to hang out with their parents. I love to create happy hour playdates with healthy snacks for kids, making a Halloween pumpkin decorating party, and now a cookie making and decorating party! This is wonderful to do any time of the year.
When I say cookie making and decorating party, I am not talking about making cookies with a long process that requires mass amounts of mixing, steps, and ingredients. It is about this gluten-free cookie recipe that uses simple ingredients where the kids can mix, roll into dough, then cut their own cookies into shapes. After the cookies bake, have each child decorate them putting their individuality and creativity into the mix!
4 tips to planning an effortless “playdate” cookie party for kids
- Plan ahead. Get all ingredients and tools needed for the party such as Brawny® Tear-A-Square® paper towels for easy clean-up, ingredients, enough bowls for each child, and piping bags for icing for everyone to decorate.
- Find an easy cookie recipe for kids that they can make that require few ingredients. These gluten-free cookies are our go-to cookies that we use year-round for all our holiday events. They are simple, vegan and require flours, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. That’s it!
- Set up a dedicated station for the kids. A bar or kitchen counter is ideal, but you can also have the kids sit around a table. Line up the kids at the counter or around the table with every place setting prepared with what each child needs. Have a main bowl for mixing and mini bowls with the rest of the ingredients. For the icing, have that premade and in bags prepared for piping and decorating.
- Prepare for messes. Kids make messes like it is their job! I have even had my kids start a cookie dough fight tossing little balls of dough at each other. Be prepared and have Brawny® Tear-A-Square® on hand. This is the BEST invention yet for paper towels! I always hate when I just need a little bit and feel like I am wasting paper towels for clean up. Brawny® Tear-A-Square® comes in three sizes so you can tear off the amount you need, and no extra is wasted (that saves money too!). The quarter size sheets are great to clean small hands, or to place under the cookies before decorating. And the half and full size sheets are wonderful to catch any larger spills and for easy clean-up during the cookie making process.
More easy cookie recipes for kids
This gluten free cut-out sugar cookie recipe is a favorite of all of ours and the recipe is at the bottom of this post. If you are looking for more options, here are a few more popular delicious gluten-free cookie recipes for kids to try at every cookie making party!
- Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies (vegan)
- Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
Cookie parties are so much fun for kids and are a wonderful tradition to add to your holiday festivities, birthday parties, and playdate gatherings!
And here is a little secret on how to make your cookie making party with kids run a little smoother? Always have clean up towels available for easy -cleaning up!
Brawny® Tear-A-Square® makes it easy by providing the flexibility to only use what you need with three different sheet size options (full, half and quarter).These paper towels are durable to clean up even the biggest messes and spills – especially when my little one has knocked over the coconut oil, spilled the milk or dropped an egg!
Aside from clean up, my favorite part about these specific paper towels is that they have a quarter size option! We use them all the time as napkins!
Sometimes I just feel guilty or tear my own size to make a paper towel smaller so that I do not waste more than I need.I love to use the quarter size as napkins and for placing under cookies to catch the crumbs and mess! Then use the larger full and half for cleaning up countertops and messes… including any kiddo faces or dog messes!
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies (Vegan)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 container vanilla or chocolate coconut oil icing (such as Simple Mills Frosting)
- sprinkles for decorating
- Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. In a mixing bowl add the maple syrup, vanilla and melted coconut oil. Quickly add the gluten-free flour, tapioca flour, baking powder and salt and mix until it forms a dough. If the dough is too sticky, set it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before rolling it out.
- Roll out the dough in between two pieces of wax paper until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out the dough into desired shapes. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.
- Divide icing into small Ziplock bags. Seal closed, removing extra air. Slice with scissors a small slit on one of the bottom corners. Cut very small to allow icing out. Decorate cookies with icing. Have a wooden spoon on hand or butter knife for kids to smooth out the icing. After icing, add favorite sprinkles and cookie decorations.
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