Who says Christmas cookies have to be fancy.
Here is one of my favorite Christmas cookies. It is a simple sugar cookie. No glam. No glitter. Just a humble drop cookie. The taste? Absolutely delicious. The texture? Delicate crunch on the outside, soft on the inside.
No need to chill the dough, roll it, or cut it into seasonal shapes. No fuss over frosting and decorating. In other words, fast and easy. Perfect.
I have been making this cookie for years, gluten-free for a year. The flour mixture in this dough includes almond flour, which adds richness and flavor. I usually use organic shortening in cookies, but for these I used half shortening and half Earth Balance Buttery Sticks (soy based), which results a more buttery taste.
These probably won't be around long enough to think about freezing them, but just so you know, they freeze well.
GF/CF Drop Sugar Cookies
from: giddyupglutenfree, dorothy allard 2009
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup millet flour
1/2 cup almond flour (not almond meal)
1/2 cup corn starch or tapioca starch
1 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (one stick)*
1/2 cup organic shortening
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp organic cane sugar for rolling
Heat oven to 350º.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the nine dry ingredients. Sift the mixture into another small mixing bowl, set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine buttery stick with shortening, and cream in the sugar with a hand mixer. Stir in egg and vanilla. Add the sifted flour mixture in three stages, stirring well to combine.
Roll the dough by hand into one-inch balls. Roll the balls in sugar, and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until just barely starting to turn color around the edges. The center will look doughy, but they will continue to bake as they cool. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
*If you can't have soy, just use one cup of shortening. They will still be fantastic.
Check out my recipe for GF/CF Rolled Sugar Cookies.