Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Have some cookies!
Last year I went on a quest to make cut-out sugar cookies like my mom makes, only gluten free. I made three different recipes and they all turned out great. I took them with me to the family Christmas gatherings, and everyone ate them.
This year, I decided to try gingerbread cookies. I've never made this the gluten-full way, so I didn't think it would be a big deal. I tried two recipes. Both were okay at best, after picking at them for a couple days, we gave them to the dog. I had pretty much resolved to go without cookies this Christmas due to lack of time and inspiration when I saw this post from Bakers Royale. It looked easy enough and did not require a trip to the grocery, so I decided to give it a whirl.
To make a gluten free version of these cookies, I used King Arthur Flour's all purpose gluten free four mix for the flour and added 2 teaspoons of xanthum gum. I would probably use a 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthum gum next time.
I also reduced the sugar by about 1/2 cup and increased the cinnamon by 1/2 teaspoon. And liberally sprinkled the cookies with cinnamon and sugar before baking.
The resulting cookies were a hit! Super easy, these will surely become a go-to recipe. My gluten-eating family liked them as well.
I've had reasonably good success with converting recipes from gluten-full to gluten-free. To anyone out there who wants to try it, don't be afraid to see what happens. In my experience, you'll almost always end up with something edible, and more often than not it will be delicious, too! A good all-purpose GF flour blend is really important. I've had good luck with rice flour based blends, including King Arthur's. I was very excited to see that King Arthur's GF flour is now available at Kroger! My mom and I have both had good luck with the GF mixes and flours from King Arthur Flour. The bread mix makes the best GF bread that I've ever had... but I will save that for another post.
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