Sunday, March 18, 2012

Holiday Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Holiday Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)

These cookies are great for any occasion. I made them into heart shapes for Valentines, but you can make any shape of cookies with this recipe.

So. Want to see stress? i'll give you stress. It comes in this form:

This is my staircase. I have trouble walking on the first landing because it is so cluttered with half clean clothes and half dirty ones. Some are in baskets, some are not. There's an air mattress that's been there for two weeks.

And that really stresses me out.

I hate housework.

I hate a messy house.

For some reason, I just can't seem to get it all done, all at once. I just wish little fairies would sneak into my house late at night to dust the house, organize my crap and fold laundry. You know, all the stuff I hate to do or hardly ever get around to doing. Lately I've felt like a lousy mom, wondering how come everyone else has clean houses ALL the time? Then I realized that there are a lot of people like me. I realized this when Scary Mommy (with her blog) posted pictures of her messy house. Finally! the Martha Stewards can come clean once and for all and announce that we just don't exist. It's the start of real living, and this post is all about that.

Yes, I blog about food and I find time in my crazy life to write about it, take photos and even create my own dishes. But my house is not always clean, the laundry hardly ever folded, my hair hasn't seen a straightner or hairspray in months and my mascara is the only makeup presently being used. I am disheveled most days and I don't exercise. (I'm going to! I just haven't found the motivation yet, but I will start soon..) So it's time to give it up and just enjoy what I do have: great food, uber cute kids and toys in every crevice of this house. Some people have impeccably clean homes but eat boxed food, some make meals from scratch and have not-so-perfectly clean homes (me!) and others work full time, bring kids to tons of activities and are leading P.T.A members but their tubs are dirty and cars are a mess. Some look devine but don't read a single book and others exercise but don't bother socializing. My point is, while we excel in some areas of our lives other areas suffer just a little. Things must be sacrificed. Because that is just the way it is. so I better just accept that i'm not a laundry folding kind of woman. And that's okay.

So here's a recipe I'm really happy to share.

Holiday Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
by Suzanne of The World In A Pot

Adapted from Land O' Lakes wheat sugar cookies recipe.

1 Cup unsalted Butter
1 Cup Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
*1/8th tsp Stevia

2 Egg yolks
1 and 1/2 tsp Vanilla

In a separate bowl, mix together:
1 and 1/2 Cup powdered White Rice flour (from Asian market)
1/2 Cup Potato starch
1/4 Cup Tapioca flour
1 tbs Millet flour or Organic Corn flour (finely ground)
1/4 tsp Himalayan or Sea salt
1 tsp Xuanthum gum

*There will be no Stevia aftertaste with this amount, but it will be sweet. I received a lot of compliments on this recipe, so I figure people like their sugar cookies sweet! If your sweet tooth is milder than mine, reduce amount of Stevia or omit. Or if you want to cut down on the sugar, replace 1/4 cup sugar with Xylitol.

Add the wet into the dry. Beat well. Form the dough into a ball and let cool in the fridge for about 1-2 hours. Roll out a third of the dough on a dusted surface (rice flour) to about 1/8th of an inch or make them thicker if you like. Place cookies on parchment paper, on cookie sheet.

This recipe makes a ton of cookies. 3-4 dozen depending on size of cookie cutters. I made about 45 cookies with a 3 inch cookie cutter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to cooling rack. Let cool completely. Frost if desired or sprinkle sugar (natural dye like India Tree) on cookies before baking. (I will soon post my new recipe for buttercream frosting!)

Store in an air tight container. These are great for about 3 days left out at room temperature. I used xylitol to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe, but it makes the cookies a bit softer on day 2. Regular sugar would keep the cookies crisp longer.
Xylitol is amazing, it's super low on the glycemic level (lower than milk and lentils!) and actually helps your teeth stay strong and healthy. It may cause gas and digestive disruption for very sensitive people like those suffering from IBS. Google it for more information.



  1. My house is generally pretty neat and tidy, but my car is a disaster. I like to try new recipes occasionally, but I go weeks without cooking from scratch. We don't eat boxed food, but we do eat a lot of eggs for dinner! I have zero time for exercise (but I plan to this summer!) and I miss my kids.

    You're right. We just can't have/do it all.

    I would make your cookies, but I don't have any of the ingredients :p

    1. Yup, it's not easy being mom and a gazillion other things! Yeah, making gluten free baked goods usually means buying a lot of different flours. I've been experimenting with a few and tried probably 10 different types of flours (at least). There's a lot of variety and you usually can't use only one. It's usually a pairing of at least two flours and xuanthum gum is almost always necessary. It's definitely a commitment and lifestyle change when you switch/incorporate gluten free baking.

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