Even though turkey day has not arrived yet, before you know it holiday music will be streaming from the radio and the full-on holiday rush will be upon us. Holiday music is already playing on one station in our area and all the stores are decorated for the holidays.
Making sugar cookies with kids is a holiday tradition for many people. However, when someone can’t eat gluten, this is easier said than done. There are various recipes for gluten-free sugar cookies online. Check these recipes out if you don’t want to use a mix –
- Gluten Free Girl’s sugar cookie recipe
- Gluten Free Cooking School’s sugar cookie recipe
- Recipe Zaar’s Hamantaschen cookie recipe
For people who prefer to using baking mixes, rather than making cookies from scratch, there are some mixes that yield excellent gluten free sugar cookies. The Gluten-Free Naturals Cookie Blend flour works wonderfully for both chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever served cookies made from this mix without being asked for the recipe. Most of the time the request is from glutenoids so that proves it’s an exceptional cookie flour! To use the Gluten-Free Naturals mix in your own sugar cookie recipe, follow the instructions on the bag for doing so. It’s super simple and oh so delicious!
Always one to take shortcuts in the kitchen when possible, I have to share that the absolute easiest (and quickest) way to make wonderful gluten-free sugar cookies is to buy the frozen pre-formed cookies from Glutenfreeda. The Chip Chip Hooray and Sugar Kookies from this line get rave reviews from everyone I know who has tried them. The stated cooking time is a little longer than you would want if you like soft cookies. Also, since the cookies are quite large, they can be quartered. When cut into quarters, the cookies take approximately ten minutes to bake. Left over cookies can be stored in an airtight container for several days on the counter.
No matter what sugar cookies you make, they can be decorated with colored sugars, sprinkles or icings. Remember to check the ingredients of any cookie trimming supplies before purchasing them, to make sure they are gluten-free. Kids love decorating their own cookies and if they can’t eat gluten, this activity will be an extra special experience for them. Some ‘bigger kids’ might even want to get creative with their sugar cookies during the holidays. I’ve never been a big fan of sugar cookies but I’m addicted to the Chip Chip Hooray cookies from Glutenfreeda. Those incredible cookies changed my gluten-free life!
Enjoy the holidays by taking some time to honor your family holiday traditions this year. What’s important is not what you can or can’t eat, but who you’re eating with!