In my opinion, there is no better way to start the day on Christmas Eve (or any day the week before Christmas), than with a cup of tea and a Christmas Cookie… one of my personal favorites the classic cutout sugar cookie.
However, if you are unable to eat wheat – the selection of good Christmas cookies narrows dramatically! Fear not, as I will share a couple of recipes that are sure to hit the spot for you and your gluten-free guests. To start, here’s a great gluten-free sugar cookie recipe, compliments of the Natural Chow website:
GLUTEN FREE CUT-OUT SUGAR COOKIES
3 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup unbleached natural cane sugar
2 sticks of salted butter
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk (diary or almond)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Mix until combined and set aside.
3. Beat together the butter and sugar until light a fluffy. Add in the milk, egg and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
4. Slowly add in the flowers mixture until combined (I found hand mixing easiest). Dough should come together when pressed with your hands. NOTE: I found my dough to be a bit moist so I did add an additional ½ cup of flour to the dough…
5. Turn dough onto a floured work surface (dough will be soft and very easy to work with). Using a rolling pin, gently roll the dough to a ½ thick disc. Cut out the shapes and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
6. Place tray with cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and back for 10 – 12 minutes.
7. Cool cookies on a wire rack before frosting.
These cookies are delicious but a bit delicate so handle with care when packing them on your cookies trays. No one will even know they are gluten free! To finish them off, I use my classic go-to buttercream frosting recipe and sprinkles…
5 tablespoons of butter (slightly softened)
4 cups of powdered sugar
3 tablespoons of almond milk (or diary milk)
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Beat together with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Separate into individuals bowls to add in food coloring as desired.
Enjoy! My best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!