If you’re at home with some extra time on your hands here’s a baking project for you. Good old fashioned sugar cookies! If you have kids this can be a fun project, if you don’t have kids cookie baking can also be very therapeutic and I’m sure you’ve got neighbours who would appreciate a few cookies.
When I’m going to decorate cookies with icing it’s a two-day project. One day to make the cookies and another day to ice them. The cookies freeze well so you can make them days in advance of decorating. So if you need a project to focus on cookie baking always rewards you in the end.
Making rolled cookies takes a little more skill and patience than a simple drop cookie, but the process isn’t hard. Cookies have a high fat content so that means if the dough gets too warm it becomes difficult to work with. With a little practice you’ll learn to recognize when the dough is too warm. Just put it back in the fridge for a few minutes while you work with another piece of dough and it will be ready to work on again.
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Baking cookies is an activity to be enjoyed. Kids often enjoy the process of creating something from a few ingredients so get them involved. Rolling out the dough, cutting cookies and moving trays in and out of the oven is all part of the process. Set the vibe in your kitchen and enjoy.
Decorating cookies is another creative outlet and some kids will enjoy this part more than the work of baking. Show them a few techniques and let them unleash their creativity. I love watching kids decorate cookies and listening to their thought process.
This is my second recipe for sugar cookies because gluten free bakers need lots of options. The first recipe is Sugar Cookies made with white rice flour and no almond flour, perfect for nut free bakers. These taste similar but this recipe uses brown rice flour and almond flour. The finished cookies are slightly more delicate but both are perfect for decorating and eating. Make whichever recipe appeals to you or try them both.
Royal Icing is the best icing for decorating old fashioned sugar cookies. It dries and remains firm, yet isn’t so hard you can’t bite into it. The process of decorating cookies can be as simple or complicated as you wish. Make as many colours of icing as you want. You can find the recipe in this post, Royal Icing.
You need a few tools to bake and decorate sugar cookies. Here’s what you might consider:
This is an extraordinary time in history as we all deal with the global pandemic. Let me know in the comments below if you got inspired to bake some cookies or have fond memories of baking old fashioned sugar cookies with your mother or grandmother.
My year-long blog series; How To Use gluten free flours
Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies – a blog post and podcast interview.
|1 cup brown rice flour|
|⅓ cup potato starch|
|¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp ground almonds|
|2½ Tbsp tapioca starch|
|½ tsp xanthan gum|
|½ tsp baking soda|
|½ tsp cream or tartar*|
|¼ tsp salt|
|½ cup butter, room temperature|
|¾ cup sugar|
|1 tsp vanilla|
|DUSING FLOUR - sweet rice flour|
|DECORATING – royal icing or melted chocolate|
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