|A little sample of the cookies|
Here is the recipe:
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies (Revised)
1 cup rice flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute (*I used Ener-G Egg Replacer)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup (or more) potato starch flour for kneading
Colored sugars, sprinkles, or frosting for decorating (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flours, cornstarch, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, mixing enough to combine. The dough should form a soft ball. (*At this point, the dough was very crumbly and dry. If you run into this problem, add rice milk in small amounts until moist and workable.) With your hands, knead in enough of the potato starch flour to make the dough easy to handle and roll out.
Working with half at a time, place a piece of plastic wrap over the ball and roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Without it, the cookies stuck to the sheet.) Decorate with colored sugars before baking, or use frosting to decorate after baking if desired. (With this dough you can use all the scraps. Just scrape them together and roll out again. They will not get tough.)
Bake for about 13 minutes, but check for done-ness at 10 minutes. Cool very slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 3 dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies.
|More pretty cookies|
Here is the glaze recipe:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or peppermint, orange, almond, etc.)
Rice milk, fruit juice or liquer (enough to make it desired consistency)
*For chocolate frosting, add 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
Whisk together sugar (and cocoa if using), extract and milk by gradually adding liquid until the frosting is consistency you need for your cookies. My two bowls (one of white vanilla, and one of pink almond) came out more like a glaze or icing than a frosting. It was very pretty, had a great tackiness for embellishing, and sweet.
|Photo credits all to my husband. I especially love this one!|
|Angels, stars, snowmen... white pearls, sugar crystals... red snowflake plate... I'm in a Christmas mood!|