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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies



Cut Out Sugar Cookies 3

INGREDIENTS

  • ½c butter cold and cubed
  • 1c sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ½tsp almond extract
  • 1 ½c white rice flour*
  • ¾c tapioca starch
  • 1tsp xanthan gum*
  • ½tsp salt

Family Icing Ingredients:

  • 2egg whites
  • 2tbsp butter melted
  • 3c powdered sugar sifted
  • ½tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2tbsp milk if needed
  • food coloring

Royal Icing Ingredients:

  • 1egg white
  • 1-2/3c powdered sugar sifted
  • ½tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp milk optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine cold butter and sugar. Mix on medium for 1-2 minutes, or until butter and sugar are just combined.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract. Continue mixing for 1-2 more minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl combine white rice flour tapioca starch, xanthan gum and salt. Toss to combine.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the butter sugar mixture. Continue mixing on medium until dough starts to form a ball.
  6. Place dough out on a lightly powdered sugar-coated surface. Roll dough out to ¼ - ⅓ inch thickness.
  7. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.
  9. Let cookies cool completely before frosting.

Family Icing:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl place, mix egg whites over medium speed for 1 minute. Add butter, vanilla and 1 cup powdered sugar. Mix until sugar is incorporated.
  2. Add remaining sugar incrementally and mix well between each addition. If frosting is too thick, add 1-2 tbsp milk until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Add food coloring as desired.
  4. Frost cookies using a toothpick to spread the icing where you want it on the cookies.

Royal Icing: *optional*

  1. Place egg white in a medium bowl. Mix egg white for 1-2 minutes or until it becomes frothy. Add vanilla and mix for another minute.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix over medium-low speed for 4-5 minutes.
  3. If icing is too thick, add milk as needed to reach an easy piping consistency.
  4. Place royal icing in a piping bag or in a zip-top bag with the tip cut off. Pipe designs on cookies and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can also use 2 1/4 cup gluten-free 1-to-1 flour blend instead of the white rice flour, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum.

NUTRITION FACTS:

Calories: 235

Carbs: 43 g

Fat: 6 g

Protein: 1 g

 

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