With this being my first holiday season eating gluten free, I have had to make some adjustments to a few traditions. For many years now I have baked cookies over the holidays to bring to work and to serve to friends and family who visit. This easy to make cookie is one of the successes I had this season with baking cookies. They can be decorated with colored sugar or simply rolled in white sugar like I did with mine.
You can purchase a gluten free flour in most stores now in the baking or health food aisle to make these. Xanthan gum is also usually in those aisles. You also can visit an Asian store like I did to buy rice and tapioca flours. The Asian flours sold there are often cheaper and are finely milled (meaning your baked goods won’t come out gritty). Each 1 pound bag I bought cost me $1 to $1.25. If you have access to an Asian store like I do, I recommend visiting there and saving some money on flour as well as other items (they sell many naturally gluten free items there like rice noodles, rice paper to make rolls, nori paper for sushi, etc). Most of my gluten free flours that I have come from there these days. The rest I buy from Trader Joe’s or Wegmans.
These cookies are perfect to bring to a family gathering, a party, or to simply enjoy. Also perfect for kids to put out for Santa. Here is the recipe:
Butter Cookies – Makes 2 to 3 dozen
- 1 cup of slightly softened butter, approximately 2 sticks
- 1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour (I used 3/4 cup of white rice flour, 1/2 cup of glutinous (sweet) rice flour, and 1/4 cup of tapioca starch for my flour blend).
- 4 teaspoons of xanthan gum
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- White sugar for rolling the cookies in (about 1 cup)
- Cooking spray or butter for greasing the baking sheet(s)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put butter and powdered sugar into mixing bowl and blend with mixer until both are fully combined.
- Add flour(s), sugar, vanilla, and xanthan gum to butter mixture.
- Mix for at least 5 minutes on medium to high speed or until dough has fully come together.
- Spray or butter baking sheet(s) for cookies so that they are easier to remove later.
- Roll cookies using about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie.
- Roll each cookie in sugar. To make these festive you can sprinkle the top of each one with colored sugar.
- Place each cookie on the baking sheet, leaving some room in between each cookie. Do not press the cookies down unless you want them to be completely flat, they do flatten out.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges start to lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool for at least a few minutes before removing them from the baking sheet(s).
- Serve and enjoy. These are great for the holidays or anytime.