New Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie" Premiere + Our Maple Syrup Sweetened Cookie Recipe

maple syrup no sugar cookies
What's your favorite part of the holiday season?  Allot of our most treasured memories are made in the kitchen.  As much as I dreaded the year coming to an end, the holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  It's easy to make the most memorable time of year extra special, just follow my tips on how to do so...  Reading holiday story books with your children for the next couple of months is a must.  Then a few times in the next couple of months gather your children, and put some Christmas music on.  If you're anything like me, the music will get you in the mood for singing songs, and you're going to find yourself wanting to bake some holiday cookies too.  If you bake you're going to want to decorate your special cookies with your kids.  Then you're going to want to cuddle under a blanket with you children while you enjoy your cookies, and if you do that - you might want to tune in to If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie the holiday special on Amazon Original this Friday, November 25.  Read on for our go-to "sugar" cookie recipe and how-to.  

"In the special, it’s holiday time and in Mouse’s house that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course!), caroling with friends…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant. Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show without getting utterly distracted along the way? It’s a wild ride as Mouse and his friends reinforce for young viewers the friendship and caring that’s at the heart of the holiday season. Like the books, If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie special is centered on an “if… then” narrative structure that teaches cause and effect and encourages creativity among children." 
If You give a mouse a cookie cookie recipe
It is an animated holiday special perfect for the whole family based on one of our favorite classics If you Give a Mouse a Cookie book series written by Laura Numerous and illustrated by Felicia Bond.  In excitement for the special, I wanted to share our super simple go-to holiday "sugar" cookie recipe with you all.  Our recipe just so happens to be great for everyone since it is also allergy friendly; free of dairy, egg, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, and shellfish.
Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Maple Syrup Sweetened Holiday Cookies
Makes: About 20 Cookies (dependent on size of cookies made)
  • 2 cups of Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour (Gluten and Wheat Free) - I use this brand since it is superfine, and think it yields the best results
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Living Harvest Hemp Milk (or any other dairy free milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 of Maple Syrup (any brand)
  • Earths Best Butter/y Spread (or any other dairy free butter of your choice)
  • Powdered/Confectionery Sugar 
  • Tablespoon of Hemp Milk 
  • Food Coloring
  • Vanilla Extract

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cut out two equal sheets of parchment paper.

3. Lay one parchment paper down on the space before you.

4. Prepare the cookie cutouts you are using.
Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie Premiere
Combine the ingredients into one large bowl, you can even use a fork.  A hand held blender works best so you can whip up the butter and sweetener before adding the flour.*
5. Mix all the ingredients together until everything is well blended, you may need to adjust the dry and wet ingredients by adding a little bit of each depending on the flour you are using as most gluten free flours are dramatically different from one another.

6. Once you are able to ball up the dough like the image below, let it rest covered for about 15 minutes.
Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie premiere
7. Divide it into two parts with your hands, and place one half in between the parchment paper.
Vegan GF sugar cookies
8. Roll it flat about 1" thick.  Use your cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

9. Place them to bake for 12 - 15 minutes on the middle rack in a preheated 350F oven.  

10. Let it cool for on a cooling rack, and decorate once it's completely hardened and cooled.  We used large marshmallows as sponges to dip and "paint" our cookies.
Holiday cookie decorating with kids
There's almost something magical about reading classics, baking with your kids, and so much fun when you decorate them together.  This Friday, add some magic to your holiday season and stream the Amazon Original holiday special If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie with your family.  The special is written and produced by Ken Scarborough (DougCurious GeorgeMartha SpeaksArthur, Saturday Night Live) and stars Mason Mahay (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), Roger Craig Smith (Avengers AssembleWreck-It Ralph), Jessica DiCiccio (Over the Hedge), Jeff Bennett (Futurama), and Lara Jill Miller (The Loud HouseHenry HugglemonsterDoc McStuffins). 

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie also features an original song, “Christmas Cookie Song,” by Lisa Loeb, available exclusively on Amazon Music to download and stream November 25.
If you Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie Laura Numerous Amazon Original
We love many of the books by Laura Numeroff, they follow a fun circular pattern of cause and effect that my children always love.  The holiday special is perfect to stream for the whole family, cuddled up under a blanket and eating freshly baked holiday cookies.  I'm excited to share with you our recipe for  "sugar" cookies that are vegan, gluten free, and free of the top major allergens.  They are not sugar free as the icing decor is full of sugar but the cookie itself is only sweetened with maple syrup.  I hope you enjoy a fun time baking & decorating with your family.  Don't forget to stream the Amazon Original holiday special If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie on November 25, Friday. 

*This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are a 100% my own.