Cold and snowy outside?
What a great excuse to stay inside and bake some cookies for Valentine’s Day.
To keep decorative sugar attached to cookies, use a pastry brush to moisten the unbaked cookie cut-outs lightly with water. Then sprinkle with sugar. It’s the same principle as using an egg wash, only with water.
If you’re making conversation hearts, use royal icing as a base for the wordplay. After applying icing, the cookies need to dry completely before you write something fun and/or appropriate with food markers . . .
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Combine the following ingredients in a large bowl:
1 and 1/2 cups gluten free flour*
1 and ½ teaspoons xanthan or psyllium husk
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Then add in and mix until crumbly:
½ cup Spectrum organic shortening
In large cup combine the following, then add to large bowl:
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Let dough rest in fridge for about an hour. Then roll out using powdered sugar to keep dough from sticking to work surface. Cut into shapes as needed. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
*From rice blend: 6 cups rice flour, 2 cups potato starch, 1 cup tapioca starch
Royal Icing for Decorating
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons pasteurized dried egg whites
6 tablespoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl for about 5 minutes at low speed. If icing is too thick for your needs, add a few drops of warm water and mix well.