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Sugar Cookies

Living Without Magazine featured these great sugar cookies in their December/January 2009 issue.  To order Living Without Magazine go to  You can also sign up to receive emails with their great recipes, like this cookie recipe.   If you are new to the gluten-free world or looking for more help with the diet, I highly recommend this magazine.

1½ cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
1 egg (or 1½ teaspoons egg replacer* mixed with 2 tablespoons rice
milk or water)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2½ cups gluten-free cookie flour mix (see below)
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

4 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 tablespoons dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
2 egg whites
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Food coloring and colored
sugars, optional

  1. To make cookie dough, place 1½ cups confectioner’s sugar and 1 cup shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth and slightly fluffy.
  2. Add egg (or egg replacer mixed with rice milk or water) and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour mix, xanthan gum, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  4. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating on low speed until thoroughly combined.
  5. Gather up dough into a ball and chill it for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness and cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Using a thin spatula, transfer cookies to cookie sheets. Gather up remaining scraps of dough and roll out again, cutting and rolling until you’ve used it all.
  8. Bake cookies in preheated oven on center rack for 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
  9. To make icing, combine all icing ingredients and mix until smooth. For colored icing, add a few drops of
    food coloring.
  10. Ice cookies while they’re still slightly warm. Then sprinkle immediately with decorative sugars. Cool completely to set.

Each iced cookie contains: 255 calories, 10g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 9mg cholesterol, 41g carbohydrate, 165mg sodium, 0g fiber, 1g protein

Vegan Icing Variation

For vegan icing, combine 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, 4 tablespoons rice milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Beat until smooth.

TIP: If you use egg replacer instead of eggs to make cookies, follow directions up to step 4. Roll out soft dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper until the dough is ¼-inch thick. Transfer the dough, still between parchment paper, to a cookie sheet and chill for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and let sit about 5 minutes. Remove top sheet of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters. Egg-free dough is slightly more crumbly, so use your hands to pinch the edges together as necessary. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Once you’ve cut out the first round of cookies, proceed as the recipe instructs, gathering up scraps of dough, lightly flouring your work surface and rolling pin, and rolling out remaining dough and cutting cookies.

Gluten-Free Cookie Flour Mix
Makes 6 Cups
4 cups superfine brown rice flour
1⅓ cups potato starch (not potato flour)
⅔ cup tapioca flour/starch

Combine all ingredients. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

This article was featured in the December/January 2009 issue of Living Without Magazine.
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