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Butter Cookies

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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put butter and powdered sugar into mixing bowl and blend with mixer until both are fully combined.
  3. Add flour(s), sugar, vanilla, and xanthan gum to butter mixture.
  4. Mix for at least 5 minutes on medium to high speed or until dough has fully come together.
  5. Spray or butter baking sheet(s) for cookies so that they are easier to remove later.
  6. Roll cookies using about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie.
  7. Roll each cookie in sugar. To make these festive you can sprinkle the top of each one with colored sugar.
  8. 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.
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges start to lightly brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for at least a few minutes before removing them from the baking sheet(s).
  11. Serve and enjoy. These are great for the holidays or anytime.

Butter Cookies (gf)

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have had a few successes and some major errors when it comes to baking gluten free desserts. This is the widely shared and used  flourless peanut butter cookie recipe on various recipe websites taken to the next level. I have made that recipe which usually has 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg. I found it to be a good cookie, but too sweet for me. After a few tweaks and the addition of chocolate chips, I have come up with a moist, delicious cookie that will satisfy every peanut butter and chocolate craving. I made this final, perfected recipe and doubled the recipe to make a large batch of cookies. I brought these cookies to one of my closest friend’s birthday party yesterday. I hope you enjoy these as much as my friends and I did. Perfect to enjoy for a special treat at home or double the recipe for a party or gathering with friends and/or family.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2  cup of semisweet or dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and egg until well combined.
  3. Add chocolate chips and gently mix them in until they are evenly dispersed through the dough.
  4. Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture per cookie and place cookies about 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets. Roll cookie into ball and slightly flatten each cookie with a fork or the palm of your hand (if you over flatten them, they will end up more crunchier and flat instead of soft and chewy).
  5. Bake until golden around the edges or about 10 to 12 minutes. Leave cookies on cookie sheets for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Then gently remove cookies with spatula and put cookies onto a cooling rack or a big plate.
  7. Serve and enjoy when cookies are cooled to room temperature, which will take about 1 hour. These cookies taste best when they are room temperature. Store cookies in a tightly sealed container or Ziploc bag, they will be good for at least a few days.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies