Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookie Press Sugar Cookies

Merry Christmas!!! It's almost here! I think this will be my last Christmas cookie post. I wanted to get creative and show all of the many things you can do with these cookies, but I have had bronchitis for a week and a half now and it has definitely had a negative affect on my energy level. So, for now, I am posting the pictures of the ones I got done and I will simply mention some other ideas. I have pictured here some Christmas trees with green sugar sprinkles and some wreaths with a simple powdered sugar/water/ food color icing. Peppermint extract in place of the vanilla with crushed candy canes on top would also be very festive. Another of my favorites (if you can have almonds) is to use almond extract instead of vanilla, and to make a flower shape with petals laid on top made of almond slices. I have never tried these with lemon juice and zest, but I think that would be really yummy too. If I ever get around to trying it I will let you know. I also have an oat flour version of this cookie that I plan to post someday. OK, I'm going to go rest now...Happy Happy Holidays!!!

2 c Rice flour
½ t Xanthan gum
½ c Granulated sugar
1 t Baking soda
¼ t Unbuffered vitamin C crystals (can be substituted with 1 t cream of tartar)
½ c Spectrum palm shortening
½ c Water
1 t Vanilla (or any desired flavor) extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt shortening and allow to cool until slightly warm.

Whisk together flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking soda, and vitamin C crystals. In another bowl mix shortening, water, and flavoring. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. (If dough is too wet add more flour, 1 T at a time up to 4 T)

Put the dough into your cookie press and press onto ungreased cookie sheet. If you are going to be sprinkling with colored sugar crystals then do so now. Bake until bottoms of cookies start to turn golden. For most shapes this will be about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack immediately. Once cooled you can dip them in icing or decorate any way you desire.


Miryam (mama o' the matrices) said...

ooh, ooh, ooh. Perfect for us! And I even have all of the ingredients in the house....nice to have this in my back pocket, now that school is out.

kelly said...

those look so cute! i love the look of the wreaths. hope you had a happy holiday!

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

What cute cookies!!!

I wanted to pop in and say thanks for signing up on my "Allergy Friends" blogroll. It'll be nice to have a place to connect with others that are facing food allergies as well.

Oh, and I'm also intrigued by your crunchy oatmeal cookies... although I, too, am a soft cookie kinda girl! :)

Hope you have a fantastic New Year!

FoodAllergyMom said...

Thank you for HAVING the allergy friends blogroll! I signed up twice kind of by accident because I forgot to put our allergies the first time. The oatmeal cookies were sooo good, you have got to try them!

cl said...

I just wanted to thank you for posting these recipes. My 21 month old son has Eosinophilic Esophagitis and it is hard to come up with foods sometimes. I appreciate your time in doing this.

FoodAllergyMom said...

cl you are so very welcome, that's why I'm doing it! I had the same problem when I first started out, I could find a lot of recipes that were free of some of Emily's allergens, but hardly any that were free of all her allergens. I am still learning about EE and if there is anything more I can do to help please let me know. If I am still using ingredients that your son can't have le me know, I may be able to recommend substitutions. Thanks for stopping by :)