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Gluten-Free Valentine Sugar Cookies
Posted By Heather On February 12, 2009 @ 6:37 pm In Desserts,Holidays,Parenting | 15 Comments
Time for the Valentine parties at school. What will you be contributing? For our parties, we’ll be taking gluten-free candy hearts and gluten-free sugar cookies to share with classmates.
The candy hearts were a lot more work than I had anticipated. I encountered some confusion with the allergy statements on the Brach’s and Necco’s Conversation Hearts , so I decided to go with SweetTarts Hearts this year. Wonka SweetTarts Hearts  were the only candy hearts I could find made by a company that says their candy is gluten-free and has labeling on the candy packaging that consistently indicated it was gluten-free. The kids love the candy and it’s heart-shaped, so all is good!
For my son’s class, I signed up for the sugar cookies. I always try to sign up to bring something that is not usually gluten-free, because I know I will be bringing a gluten-free version for my kids to have with their classmates anyway. (In addition to the treats we signed up to bring, I will also be bringing gluten-free cupcakes, pretzels and sandwiches for my kids so they can eat the same foods along with their classmates.)
Here’s my Sugar Cookie Recipe:
3/4 Cup unsalted butter
1 Cup sugar
1 large egg
1 TBSP vanilla extract (Make sure it’s gluten-free! We use McCormick’s  brand.)
1 Cup Brown Rice Flour (Superfinely ground is best for texture. We buy Authentic Foods  brand.)
1/2 Cup Potato Starch  (not potato flour)
1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour 
1/4 Cup Sweet Sorghum Flour  (Or use Sweet Rice Flour .)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum 
1/4 tsp salt
* For cookie icing, I simply mix powdered sugar with a small amount of water and desired food coloring. Adjust the water and sugar to get a preferred consistency: not too runny that it runs off the cookie, but thin enough to spread easily. Try starting with a cup of powdered sugar and a couple tablespoons of water. Once you’ve put the icing on the cookies, give it a few hours to dry and harden before putting into the airtight containers.
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