Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Sugar Cookies, Gluten Free~

Nearly 5 months ago,
I found out I
had a sensitivity to Gluten.
You know the wheat binding agent
found in most foods.
Well, since that finding,
I have learned to cook and bake to adapt
to gluten free and feeling great!!
I have to say,
it has made a world of difference and
for that I am so thankful!!
I have never felt so good.
I have also used Rice Flour to adapt some recipes
replacing regular white flour which also has wheat in it.
There are so many products available now
to choose from in the grocery stores.
Gluten intolerance is a problem for
18 million people and becoming epidemic.
Most people do not even realize they are having a problem.
More about this later~
but today we are baking cookies!
Anyway, each year I make Christmas cookies for my family,
to give as gifts and to have on hand for visitors.
Oh and for me too!! I love a cookie now and then.
Okay, more now, then ~~  then!!
Looking down the isle of the grocery store,
(you know the isle we are supposed to not shop in
but keep to the outer areas of the store)
~ I came across this!!
Hello ~~Betty Crocker~~
can they really have a cookie to bake  I can eat.
Oh this could be dangerous!!
But I bought a box to try.
It's a bit pricey, but hey~~
If I can make Christmas cookies
and enjoy them with my family,
I can't complain.
So home I went to bake my cookies
and I gave these a try for Thanksgiving.
The verdict~
They are so good you thing you are eating the regular
wheat filled sugar cookie.
Everyone raved over them.
Iced with my own gluten free cookie icing
they were a big hit.
Here is how they looked served on a pretty platter.

Aren't they pretty??
Here is my cookie icing recipe.
I have used this for years
and it's gluten free
and the perfect cookie icing.
Dries from a shiny finish to a matt finish
so they are perfect for storing.
Decorator Cookie Icing
1cup confectionery sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
I usually double the recipe for 3 to 4 dozen medium size cookies
Add food coloring if you want colors.
Mix all well and use promptly when cookies are cool.
Spread on cookies or can be used in a decorator bag.
Sprinkle with sugars if desired.
Now I have to bake some more.
hide them till Christmas.
Thank you for stopping by.
See you soon.
Merry Christmas
Celestina Marie

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