Party Favor: Pumpkin Spice/Gingerbread Cookies [v,gf]

Tonight, the Omnivore & I are throwing a Halloween party. I'm spending the morning cleaning & baking while he decorates with spider webs and glittery skulls. I love our parties because they give me the opportunity to introduce delicious vegan/gluten-free items to our many omni friends. It's rare that friends aren't surprised our fare is vegan, gluten-free, and/or sugar-free & many even ask for the recipe afterwards. My first recipe on tonight's party planning list: Gluten-free, Vegan Pumpkin Spice/Gingerbread Cookies [also soy-free & sugar-free]!

Ingredients [inspired by Babycakes Covers the Classics' Gingerbread Cookies]

2 1/2 c brown or white rice flour [I used both because I ran out of my preferred brown rice halfway] 2 c Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour 1/2 c arrowroot 3 tbsp ground ginger 2 tbsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tbsp xanthan gum 2 tsp sea salt 2 tsp baking soda 2 c melted coconut oil 2 1/2 c maple syrup 3/4 c unsweetened applesauce 1/2 c canned pumpkin 1/4 c vanilla extract optional: a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice

In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, stir together wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry & stir until just combined. Scoop large spoonfuls* of batter onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges.

*for more uniform cookies there are 2 options: 1. wet hands & roll dough into balls to place on cookie sheet  for perfectly round treats or 2. let dough chill covered in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, then cover a surface with rice flour & roll dough out to cut into shapes before placing on cookie sheet.