Here at Gf-Zing!, we decided that sugar cookies are a little bit like pie crust without the pie, so why not use a gluten free pastry flour to make the cookies?
Gluten free baking can produce a pretty bland product. This sugar cookie dough has extra -strong vanilla flavor, due to the addition of Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder. Authentic Foods is located in Gardena, California.
2 1/2 cups gluten free dream pastry flour (see below)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon liquid GF vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon powdered GF vanilla (Authentic Foods makes such a product)
confectioner’s sugar for rolling
Cream the butter and sugar with the liquid vanilla extract. Mix the gluten free flour, salt and powdered gluten free vanilla in a separate bowl. Add the egg to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly. Then add the dry ingredients. Form in to a ball and refrigerate for one hour at least. You can use a food processor for mixing this dough.
Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thickness between two sheets of wax paper. If you need to “flour” the wax paper to keep the dough from sticking, use liberal amounts of confectioner’s sugar. Cut out the cookies, using a cookie cutter and transfer them to a silpat lined cookie sheet.
Bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or more, until they are as brown as you like them.
“Dream pastry flour” is from Bette Hagman’s cookbooks, and the recipe is also available on the internet. It is meant for use in pie crusts:
2 cups tapioca starch
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
4 cups mochiko (sweet rice flour)
4 teaspoons xantham gum
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Mix these ingredients really thoroughly, either in a large bowl, bag or jar, and store in an airtight container.
Gf-Zing! recommends using all gluten free ingredients.