Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies


H ey everyone! Happy Friday.

Thank you for stopping by! I don't think I tell you guys how much I appreciate you enough. Thank you for visiting, and thank you, thank you for your lovely comments. I love reading them.

Everyone is very respectful and thoughtful... I don't get very many mean comments, and I'm thankful for that. I have noticed I'm getting more spam lately in my comments. SO annoying. I hope I don't have to start using a captcha... I hate those. I'm trying to figure out what I did to deserve all of this spam! I suppose the longer you've had a website, the more spam you get? I keeping getting spam for this. Not cool.

Here's another thing I've noticed: My blog reading and commenting has slacked off as the years go by. More so on the commenting. I love reading blogs, but I'm not so much of a commenter anymore. I think I've grown lazy. But I'm still reading! I promise.



Before we get to the cookies - two things.

I have new hair! I finally got it fixed again and it's glorious. I'll post before and after pictures later this weekend. :) Teehee. Also, I'll have an announcement this weekend as well. It's exciting for me!




The other day I waited on a little boy who had severe food allergies, and my heart went out to him. He was allergic to eggs, milk, nuts, soy, barley and corn. Poor boy! I felt so bad for him. I did my best to find something on the menu he could eat.

I've been experimenting with my baking lately to create recipes for people who have food allergies. Mostly vegan and gluten-free recipes.

I've been using white (and brown) rice flour in my gluten-free recipes, and it works AMAZINGLY. For cakes it creates a nice, fluffy texture, and for cookies it makes them tender and crumbly. I like it.

I made some Valentine's Day sugar cookies with white rice flour, sugar, butter and cream cheese, and then frosted them with a chocolate-cream cheese frosting.

Yaaaaaay. Cookies! Have a happy Valentine's Day! Give your loved ones some smooches for me.



Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups white rice flour
2 teaspoons meringue powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

To make the cookies, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together white rice flour, meringue powder, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, cream cheese and granulated sugar until creamy - about 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Chill dough for 30-45 minutes in the refrigerator, or until firm.

Sprinkle additional rice flour on a work surface, and roll out in batches, to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out heart shapes and place on cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden and set. Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, using mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and cream cheese until creamy - about 1 minute. Beat in confectioners' sugar until combined. Beat in melted chocolate until combined. Spread frosting on cookies.

Makes 3 dozen cookies


35 comments:

  1. What a great & neat idea, Emily!! I also love these cookies!!

    You are a very talented chef!

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  2. Yum these look really tasty - it's so nice that you try and think of things for people who can't eat 'regular' food!!

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  3. I've never experimented with rice flour besides for making mochi--these gluten-free cookies look yuumy! I especially like the fact that they're nice and frosted. Yum.

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  4. Those look fabulous, Emily! You're doing a great job in your new gluten-free baking endeavors. :-) They will be greatly appreciated by more than you know! Everyone should try to safely feed people with food intolerances.

    Looking forward to your announcement ... oh, and hair photos, too. ;-)

    Shirley

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  5. This recipe is just what I've been looking for Emily. My granddaughter just discovered she is gluten intolerant. I'll pass this along.

    Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day.

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  6. Cool, thanks for sharing these. They could even easily be made vegan too. I love your blog. Makes me hungry!! LOL. Thanks for taking the time to share. I'll be heading your direction this afternoon (Branson) looking forward to some shopping therapy!

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  7. Yes I get the same spam in my e-mail but they have not targeted my blog. Thiose who have allergies really appreciate your thinking of them with these delicious cookies just for them!!!!

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  8. This recipe is so timely! My Dad is has a Gluten allergy. I am visiting my parents later this month and wanted to make sugar cookie with my son for them. We have new letter cookie cutters and I can't wait to use them. Anyway, I was having a hard time finding a good gluten free sugar cookie recipe that didn't have to many specialty ingrediants. Thanks for this one! I think I can handle rice flour and meringue powder! :)

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  9. these cookies are perfect for valentines!

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  10. The cookies look great. I go in and out of phases also regarding commenting. Some days I do other times I just don't have the energy since I'm on a computer all day at work! Can't wait to see what you did with your hair - you know it already looks terrific!!!

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  11. Mmm, sugar cookies! I don't think I've ever eaten anything gluten free and I for sure haven't baked anything, but maybe I should give it a try. I always feel bad for people that are allergic to peanuts. Don't they know that they are missing out on the most fabulous thing ever...peanut butter?!

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  12. These cookies are so lovely. I need to make a festive treat this weekend. Maybe several? I can't wait to hear your exciting news? ANother food competition won? Something love related? Oh, and I can't wait to see your new hair! I bet it looks amazing.

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  13. Do you think the rice flour could be switched with AP flour? I love the inclusion of cream cheese in these cookies!

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  14. I bet you're the sweetest server...

    They're beautiful! You didn't mention the gorgeous colored sugar on top. Or, knowing you, it's probably colored SALT!

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  15. I always feel bad when I have customers with food allergies. Especially for people who can't have dairy, because there's pretty much nothing on our menu without cheese!
    These cookies look so delicious, I bet you can't even tell that they are gluten-free.

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  16. Aww, poor little boy, that would be so hard. Love your festive cookies and I'm impressed they're gluten free!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. I had to put up the word verify due to spam... so annoying! Glad to know you are still reading though!!

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  18. I've been slacking on my commenting too. I'm back to reading though so I'll try to leave more comments. These look fantastic and we can't wait to see the new hair and announcement!

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  19. I am so lucky we don't have any food allergies, that could attribute to our love handles too though!!!!

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  20. I can't believe it. Just ran into your blog yesterday...of all things I was looking for cookies made with fritos. Anyway today I was so excited to see the gluten-free cookies. My 14 year old son was just diagnosed with Celiac disease and was dreading the thought of attempting to bake with rice flour.

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  21. I slack on commenting too. I now just leave my google reader tab open and comment each time I see someone has posted a new blog. I figure this makes it easier than just waiting a few days and seeing an explosion of new blog posts.

    Now these cookies look great. I do not do a lot of gluten-free cooking but I should give it a try. I have heard that even if you are not allergic to gluten you still feel better cutting out some of the wheat in your diet. Who knows if that is true. I guess I will just have to test this theory :)

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  22. i definitely count my blessings when i come across someone with allergies such as those--that sucks. great cookies for the less fortunate among us, emily.

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  23. so sweet that you've decided to come up with recipes that are allergy friendly! those sound great. beautiful pics!

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  24. I know what you mean about the spam...I hate it! You cookies are so cute and go you for trying gluten free recipes!! I had a scare a couple of years ago where they thought I might have had celiac disease...luckily I didn't. Can't wait to hear the news! (and see your "new" hair!)

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  25. No worries about the commenting, life happens! These are really cool, I've never used meringue powder before. I love the frosting too :). Have a sweet Valentine's!

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  26. Spam is the weirdest thing, I usually don't get too much, but then two days in a row I got over 400! Luckily wordpress caught them all, but what a pain!

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  27. These look great! I can't wait to see your hair!

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  28. Will you make me some sugar-free gluten cookies? :D

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  29. These are so cute!! Your so talented :) I can come up with dinner recipes but I haven't managed to create my own baking recipes successfully.

    Excited to see your new hair! I finally got mine cut this weekend and feel like a new woman :)

    Hope your having a fabulous Valentine's day!

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  30. I made heart shaped biscuits too - we're not very original are we!!!! I guess if it ain't broke....!

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  31. Thanks everyone!

    Colin's Mom,
    I'm not sure about that. I think you would have to use more all purpose. The rice flour seemed heavier. Maybe add 1/4 cup more?

    Sue, haha. True! I've been trying to cut back on the salt lately, actually. :)

    Hi Lea, welcome! More gf recipes coming your way!

    Eric, gluten free, sugar free, fat free cookies coming your way!

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  32. These cookies look absolutely amazing! Almost too good to eat.

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  33. Gorgoeus cookies, perfect for Valentines or any time, really.

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  34. We recently switched to a gluten-free household because my little one is on the autism spectrum, I would absolutely love to have more GF recipes!!

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  35. My best friend is allergic to gluten and always seems to have trouble finding recipes that aren't really heavy.. These look great! I can't wait to get her to try them. Yum
    -Sylvia
    Hempire Rolling Papers

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