Recipe for Good Christmas Dessert and Baking Tips

These gluten free shortbread cookies are for bakers who like to experiment – fun to bake and results in a good gluten free Christmas treat.

It is a baker’s delight at Christmastime with all the good desserts to be made and enjoyed. For a baker who does not mind getting his or her hands dirty, this recipe for gluten free shortbread cookies can make great Christmas sweets.

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (brown or white rice flour both work well)
  • 3/4 cup butter

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, sift together the flour, the corn starch and the icing sugar so that it is well mixed and finely powdered.
  2. Add the butter and mix it together until the dough is soft. A baking spatula can be used, but it often works best to work the dough by hand. Let the dough stand for half an hour. This will help it harden so that it can be worked into cookie shapes.
  3. Shape the dough into balls and place them onto a lightly greased cookie tray. Flatten them gently with a fork or a spoon or even just fingers.
  4. Rather than plain dough balls, the dough can also be rolled out and made into Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. If this is the chosen option, be sure that the board or table used and the rolling pin are well floured before rolling.
  5. These cookies can be decorated with sprinkles before being placed in the oven.
  6. Bake at 300° for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are lightly browned at the edges.

Gluten Free Baking Tips:

  • Roll only small pieces of the dough at a time, gathering the dough around the cookie shape and adding it to the next piece.
  • When rolling the dough, roll gently, as it is soft dough and can flatten easily or stick to the table or the rolling pin. Also, make sure the rolled out dough is at least one quarter inch thick when cutting the cookie.
  • After pressing the cookie cutter into the dough, shake it gently against the table to loosen the dough around it. The cookie in the middle of the cutter may stick to it otherwise.
  • Leftover dough that does not fit into a cookie cutter can be shaped by hand into a ball and baked. This dough can also be creatively shaped like a star, a letter, or a heart – however you choose.
  • Although they are shortbread, these cookies have a tendency to expand slightly while baking. Place them far enough apart on the cookie tray to accommodate for some expansion.
  • Keep a careful eye on the cookies. They take no time to go from done to overdone.

Try these gluten free shortbread cookies for a fun baking time and a tasty treat. The cookies may expand slightly and they may crumble slightly, but they smell like Christmas and taste every bit as good as they should.

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