I have to admit these are not my homemade Christmas cookies.
They were fresh-baked at my house. Does that count for something? Anything?
Sometimes it just feels easier to create a whole new recipe, as opposed to altering a family favorite, while expecting the same results except now in a gluten-free form.
Maybe you aren’t familiar with cooking gluten-free but want to offer up a GF treat to a neighbor, coworker or to share at a gathering. With this one you won’t need to break the bank to make something special for that person who often gets overlooked.
Daughter2 has been wanting to make a traditional sugar cookies that we could frost. Not too crisp like our butter cookie but not too cake like, either. Somewhere in between. The first step to creating this cookie is to get the base right.
And she did.
Let’s make some easy, peasy Christmas cookies!
Gluten-free Christmas Sugar Cookies
1/2 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir all ingredients, except colored sugar, until a dough forms.
Shape dough by teaspoons into 18 balls. Dip the tops into colored sugar and place the balls on parchment lined cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Flatten with bottom of glass. If you aren’t familiar with cooking for a gluten intolerant person, or a full-blown celiac, you may not realize that baking directly on a nonstick cookie sheet, that is not dedicated to being gluten-free, can cause reactions in some people. When we cooking just for us, we don’t need to be that diligent but when baking for others you never know. Besides, these cookies are fragile enough you will want the non stick of parchment!
Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Be really careful, these are very tender cookies and they disappear really quickly…. Gluten intolerant or gluten eating people both will love these!
And if anyone can point us toward the perfect, sink your teeth into, but still firm enough to stack, kind of frosting you could save us the time and we would really appreciate it!!!