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Cookie time is a fun time of year.  Most cookie bakers have their collections of recipes and anxiously anticipate baking season.  Some people make their tried-and-true recipes each year, while others enjoy mixing in a new variety.  If you’re gluten free or baking for someone who is, here are a few recipes to add to your collection.

The Chocolate Chip

In recipe sharing, I always start with the classic chocolate chip.  While it’s not a traditional holiday cookie in my opinion, every gluten free baker needs this recipe in the box. I promise, no one will know it’s not made with regular flour.  Replace some of the chocolate chips with red and green M&Ms and these cookies will brighten up your cookie platter.

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The Peanut Butter Blossom

I have a feeling that Santa would not come without the presence of these cookies; that’s how synonymous they are with Christmas in our house. Chocolate and peanut butter speak for themselves, and everyone will be glad to see them among your cookies!

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 The Man (Gingerbread, that is)

Here’s a traditional (and quite tasty) cookie recipe.  We always have fun rolling out and munching on little Gingerbread men during the holiday season.  Pair him up with some hot cocoa, sit and gaze at the tree, and winter break will be delightful.

The Pretty Sugar Cookie

I’ll admit, I was always intimidated by cookies that required use of cookie cutters.  It takes a certain level of skill to roll them out to just the right thickness, transfer them without them breaking, and decorate them just right.  Gluten free dough can be even trickier to work with, and really requires just the right recipe.  Fortunately, this one is great. The two most important tips- keep the dough refrigerated, and (rice) flour your parchment paper well before rolling out and cutting dough.

The Pignoli

As a child, I remember eating (and loving) pignoli cookies from an Italian bakery in the Bronx.  I’d always been curious about making this cookie, but never liked the idea of starting with canned almond paste.  This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, and begins simply with turning almond flour into a homemade almond paste.  We  made a batch, and they were an instant hit. They’re a classic Italian Christmas cookie, sure to delight the crowd.

The Candy Cane

This one will be new to our repertoire this year, and my kids can’t wait to make them.  It comes from my other favorite recipe site, and looks pretty easy.  I think the splash of color will be a fun addition to our cookie platter.

The Spritz

I grew up looking forward to my Grandma’s spritz cookies in her many tins each Christmas.  They’re hands-down one of my all-time favorites. However, I stopped making them once we were gluten free since the dough can be kind of tricky.  I saw this recipe from a trusted source, and the photo of the cookies had me sold. I’m even investing in a cookie press. Can you tell I’m excited?

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We begin our baking this weekend, and I’m excited for recipes both old and new. If you have some family favorites, please share them with our readers.  To see what’s happening in our kitchen, or to share what’s going on in yours, stop by, or become a fan on Facebook.  Happy baking!

Cookies

I have fond memories of Christmas cookies… I remember rolling dough in powdered sugar with my mom, and my Grandma’s crisp sugar butter cookies are legendary.  Her cookies were even kept in a motion-activated singing tin, because my sister and I were so likely to sneak a sample while we waited for dinner to be ready.

I’ve been thinking about cookies.  There are a few family favorites we bake each year, but I also like to try out some new recipes and flavors.   My little one loves to cook and bake like I do, and she’s been asking when the baking will begin.  Here’s our line-up.

Peanut butter blossoms

We always begin with peanut butter blossoms.  My friend Linda introduced them to us years before kids or gluten were ever a concern.  I was thrilled to find a gluten-free version which comes out just like the original.  Not too much needs to be said about this cookie; Hershey’s kisses and peanut butter speak for themselves.

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The M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie

Even though the chocolate chip cookie is an everyday-cookie that could be passed over, this recipe is so spectacular that they beg to be included.  They get dressed up with red and green M&Ms substituted for half of the chocolate chips, and offer a nice festive color to your cookie tray.

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Lemon Shortbread

Lemon cookies are another cookie that we enjoy, and I am looking forward to trying a new cookie this year.  Gluten-Free on a Shoestring shared a shortbread cookie recipe with five different versions including mocha, toffee caramel, and lemon.  Interestingly, the recipe relies on lemonade mix as well as lemon peel; a new method that I look forward to trying.

Lemon Slice

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Snowballs, also known as Mexican Wedding cookies, are up next.  Somehow powdered sugar makes everything prettier. We are trying a new recipe this year.  I’ll put in the disclaimer that I have not tried this recipe yet, but it comes from Gluten Free Girl, who is well-versed in baking with her own books and blog.

The Black and White

Another infamous cookie from my childhood is the black and white.  My dad commuted to the city, and often came off the train with a white, crinkly bag from Zarro’s. You know the one I’m talking about.  I was excited to find this recipe a few years back and delighted when I made my first batch and found they were pretty easy to make and tasted as good as I remembered.  I’m thinking minis, with white and red on some, white and green on others, will make a delicious cameo.

Molasses Crinkle

And finally… to round out all of the chocolate… molasses crinkle cookies.  They’re similar in taste to the gingerbread cookie, but they’re a drop cookie.  This is another one that I used to make before we were gluten-free, and am pleased to see Grandma’s Molasses created a gluten-free version that lives up to the original.  If you’re going to try these, note that although the ingredient list mentions sugar for rolling, the author forgot to mention this as the last step.  Add this back in, as the crunchy sugar on the outside gives the cookie its “crinkle.”

I’m still trying to recreate my Grandma’s butter cookies.  They are sweet, crisp, buttery, and have a texture I’ve not yet been able to replicate in a gluten-free cookie.  I have her recipe, we’ve tweaked it, but it hasn’t come out just right.  We’ll spend some time with the recipe this holiday season; I hope by next year it’ll be ready to share.

Happy Holidays… may your season be filled with fun times, peaceful memories, the best of company, and of course, good food.  To find out what’s new in our kitchen, stop by, or become a fan on Facebook.  Feel free to share your favorite gluten-free cookie recipes with us!

Santa’s almost here, and that means it’s Christmas cookie time. We plan to make our cookies on Monday and Tuesday so they’ll be fresh for Christmas eve. If you’re looking for a recipe for a simple, kid-friendly cookie that the little ones can help create, check out a few of our family’s favorites.

Chocolate Chip

The Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love Alton Brown for his willingness to create a fantastic chocolate chip cookie for the gluten-impaired. I’ve tried many a chocolate chip recipe and I can guarantee you that you will not taste the difference between this cookie and one loaded with gluten. To dress this up for the holidays, I swap out half of the chips for red and green M&Ms. In February, this looks great with Valentine’s M&Ms as well.

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The Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie

Ever since my friend Linda gave us a tin of cookies including peanut butter blossom cookies, I’ve equated these with Christmas. Many recipes for these cookies are floating around, but making them gluten-free can be tricky (they tend to get too dry). Thankfully, my hero Nicole at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring has mastered this recipe (and so many others) and recently shared it in time for the holidays.

Lemon Slice

The Lemon Slice Cookie

Before becoming gluten free, a bunch of friends and I would participate in a holiday cookie swap. One year my friend Kelly brought over this incredible lemon cookie– light, crunchy, slightly chewy, and delicate. Like a sugar cookie that married a lemon cookie and had a precious little lovechild. I was determined not to say goodbye to this cookie due to dietary limitations, and fortunately found a similar recipe, again at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. Not bad! And if you want to dress these babies up a little fancier, I love the drizzle and silver-sugar-sparkle idea here. I think we’ll try that this year, if I can get back out to the store for silver sparkles. Well, the edible kind, that is. We have plenty of silver sparkles in our house, but not the kind you’d want on your cookies.

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