This recipe is exactly what you've been looking for as a fun, interactive and TOTALLY yummy cookie, any time of year. My kids and I change the food coloring, depending on the season: orange (Halloween and Thanksgiving); red or green (Christmas); blue (Chanukah/Hanukah); red (Valentine's Day); green (St. Patrick's Day); pink, blue or green (Easter/Spring); red, white or blue (July 4) ... ok, you get the idea! I love to use this dough at kids' cooking classes I teach, as it's totally resilient and can stand up to any amount of rolling out and cutting, re-rolling and cutting, .... and it's always delicious. Have fun and happy (any) holiday!

Ingredients:
¼ cup shortening (e.g. Earth Balance)
¼ cup canola oil
2/3 cup granulated cane sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour*
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbs. water (as needed)
food coloring (optional)
colored sugar or frosting (optional – see below)

*See my bio (top right).

Gluten-Free Sugar CookiesDirections:
Cream shortening, sugar and oil several minutes with an electric mixer, until very fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract and food coloring. Mix in the dry ingredients, adding in tablespoons of water as needed to keep the dough together and avoid dryness (err on the side of this dough being wetter so that after refrigeration, it's not too dry). Pat the dough into a disc shape, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough until very cold, at least 3-5 hours (overnight is best).

Preheat oven to 350 F (static) or 325 F (convection).

Lightly flour a clean rolling surface with Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. Roll the dough to approximately 1/8 inch thickness and dust cookie cutters with flour before using to cut out shapes. You may also roll thin coils of dough of different colors and braid into candy cane or other fun shapes.

Place cookies onto parchment-lined (or greased) cookie sheets and decorate with colored sugar, if desired. Bake approximately 8-10 minutes, or until they begin to lightly brown at the edges. Cool on a cooling rack and frost with gluten-free frosting, if desired.

Basic (but yummy) Frosting

This frosting works wonderfully for cookies or cakes, made chocolate or vanilla or any other flavor you can devise. It is fast, easy, cheap and has always been gluten-free. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract (may use peppermint, orange, almond or other extract in the alternative)
Milk (dairy or non-dairy), fruit juice, liqueur
2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder (only if making chocolate frosting)
pinch of salt

Directions:
Whisk together the sugar (and cocoa if using), extract and liquid by gradually adding the liquid, a teaspoon or so at a time. Continue adding liquid until the frosting is the consistency you need for your dessert. The thinner the frosting, the better if you are drizzling it over a cake or cookie; the thicker it is, the better if you want to have a firmer coating.

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