Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

You guys! I am so excited.

I have to admit I often don’t like trying new gluten free recipes because lets face it, it feels really intimidating and its always so disappointing to spend the money and effort for it to turn out terribly. It gets really frustrating.

I am a great cook, and I have been gluten free for about 8 years, however I typically have about a million other things to take care of instead of experimenting. All that being said, I get a lot of questions about my recommendations on living gluten free. So here we go, diving into food blogging.

Y’all I am sooo not a food blogger, so I am going to try to keep this as simple as possible! I found this recipe right here on iowagirleats, she recommends a different flour base, but I was so excited to try her recipe using my favorite all purpose gluten free flour!

These cookies turned out so good. They are soft, but firm enough to decorate. Color me impressed! We liked them so much I ended up making a second batch!

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup salted butter softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour *see my recommended flour below*
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

What you wanna do is start with your softened-to-room temp 3/4 cup salted butter (1-1/2 sticks) and 1-1/2 cups sugar to the bowl of your choice.

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I opt for my KitchenAid mixer, but you can easily do this with a regular glass bowl and a hand mixer.

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Cream using the paddle attachment for about 1 minute, then you will want to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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Add in 2 eggs, one at a time, mixing until the egg is just combined before adding the next one.

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Then you want to add in 1.5 tsp vanilla. Again, scraping down the sides of your bowl.

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In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients:

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2.5 cups gluten free all purpose flour *see my recommended flour below*
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

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Add to your wet ingredients, in three (3) different batches. Mix until just combined before moving to the next batch.

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Dough should be soft but not sticky – if it is too sticky place into refrigerator until cool – about 10 minutes is sufficient.

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Divide the dough in half then wrap each half in plastic wrap and roll out to about 1/4″ thick.

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Then, what I did was pull back the top layer of saran wrap and cut the shapes into the dough.

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The dough still felt too sticky and soft to be able to get nice clean cuts, but I went ahead and cut the shapes, leaving them on the plastic. Once I cut all the shapes, I placed the saran wrap back on top and put the dough on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate until completely chilled – a couple hours or overnight. We opted for overnight and that helped when I went to separate the cut outs the next morning.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 6-9 minutes.

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Set the timer for 6 minutes and watch them carefully until they turn an ever so slight golden brown on the edges. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

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Once done, allow the cookies to cool for 5ish on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Once cool, frost and decorate. You can find our super easy royal icing recipe here!!

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**I was introduced to Cup4Cup, a few years ago, and now I am going to introduce it to you!

You can find it here. It is the first 1:1 gluten-free flour that eliminated the balancing act of trying to figure out how to convert recipes to being gluten free. Now using this flour mix I can convert any regular recipe into a gluten free recipe! It is a complete lifesaver, and so delicious! I tell every person who asks how I survive being gluten free about this flour. It is a kitchen staple!

cup4cup gluten free flour

Needless to say I am not a pro at this, but I think they turned out a-ok. Plus, the kids had a blast making holiday memories, and I gotta admit I did too. It has been a hard week, and I desperately needed to feel some joy this holiday season with my family. This was the perfect way to start our Christmas break together.

Enjoy,
A

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  1. Looks so amazing and yummy!!!

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