A gluten-free twist on a classic cookie for Santa
Yield: I get a different number of cookies every time because it depends on the size of your cookie cutters! This time I got 20 cookies.
You will need:
- 1 cup butter (unsalted, room temperature)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 & 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- optional: 1/4 cup holiday sprinkles
Adding sprinkles to the dough can eliminate the need to frost the sugar cookies! For candy cane shaped cookies I use red sprinkles, for snowflakes maybe blue sprinkles, and green sprinkles for Christmas trees. Also, using a stand mixer can ensure that all the ingredients will be evenly mixed. However, this recipe does not require one!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or grease lightly with butter).
- In one large bowl, add butter and sugar. Cream the mixture on medium setting.
- Add egg and vanilla to the bowl and mix on low to combine.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix on low to prevent making a mess until the ingredients are combined. The dough should start to resemble a ball.
- If you are adding sprinkles, I suggest hand mixing them into the ball of sugar cookie dough.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (I chill mine for 1-2 hours). This will keep the cookies from spreading out while baking.
- Flour the surface you plan on rolling the dough on. Flour the rolling pin as well. I always keep flour nearby in case I need more if the dough is sticky.
- Roll out the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick so they will bake evenly through in the oven.
- Cut out the cookies using your favorite cookie cutters.
- Place the cut cookies on the sheet pan about 2 inches apart and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, just before they start to turn golden brown.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes, enjoy!
- I like to use royal icing for cookie decorating. Royal icing dries hard on the surface of the cookie. This is the best icing if you are stacking your cookies for transportation or presentation. Here’s a helpful link: https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/how-to-decorate-cookies-royal-icing/