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    Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    This recipe comes to us from Lucy Shriver at the Gluten Free Kitchen.

    1 ½ cups brown rice flour
    ½ cup tapioca starch
    ½ Teaspoon Salt
    1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    1 Cup Sugar
    ½ Cup Butter, Softened
    2 Eggs, beaten

    In a medium size bowl, mix brown rice flour, tapioca starch, salt, and baking powder. Blend well and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream Butter, and slowly add sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Add the two beaten Eggs and Vanilla and blend again. Add Flour mixture and mix until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Place cookie dough in waxed paper ( I rolled it like a log) and chill in the refrigerator for several hours. When the dough is chilled, you can either cut it with cookie cutters or slice it to make round cookies.

    Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees. I have found that with gluten free cookies, it is better to let them cool first, before taking off of the cookie sheet. This reduces crumbling. I also use a spatula, to remove the cookies from the pan.

    I made Witch Hats out of mine. I cut into a round cookie shape. (used a knife and cut about a ½ inch of dough and placed on cookie sheet). When cookies are done, let cool, and then remove from pan with spatula. Spread your favorite gluten-free chocolate frosting on each cookie, place a Hersheys kiss in the middle and then with a orange colored frosting, you can decorate around the base of the Hersheys kiss, to make it resemble a hat band. If you need a icing recipe, please e-mail me and I will be happy to mail them. ( I use a butter cream icing.).


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    This recipe is delicious! I was so surprised. I used white rice flour instead of brown rice flour and it turned out great, no gooey textures. Also, you can replace butter for oil, and you can use less sugar for a healthier option. Cookies are still sweet and delicious!

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    Celiac.com's Founder and CEO, Scott was diagnosed with celiac disease  in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. Scott launched the site that later became Celiac.com in 1995 "To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives."  In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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