Yes, they are naked. Really. It’s all a lesson in patience, I swear.
Have you ever noticed how you can be the most patient of people for some things but then not five seconds later, your patience has melted and you stand frustrated and impatient?
*That* would be me at the mere thought of decorating cookies.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE them…. I’m just not patient enough with myself to make them *BEAUTIFUL*.
So tonight, as my brother-in-law finished helping us with a little carpentry, we sat down to eat these naked roll out cookies. It was actually a “test” batch that turned out perfectly (thanks to my mom’s rockin’ recipe). However, I think I really do need to dress these guys in something before they become part of the cookie plates we share with our neighbors every year.
Maybe I just need to get some new cookie cutters? I realized this year that my cookie cutters include: a fish, 2 Scotty dogs (why?), 2 state-shaped cookie cutters (another big WHY?), a star, some snowflakes, a hand, a VW Bug, a rocket ship, a carrot, and a humungous heart.
Good lord. I need to find some better cookie cutters. I have a preference for the metal ones – not the press/plastic cutters as I’ve never had much success with those. For the last few weeks whenever we’ve been out, I’ve been checking out the cookie cutters when I see them. Needless to say, a few places have had worse selections than do I (didn’t think that was possible!) and I have no desire to have a bucket filled with Yule-tide cookie cutters.
Hmm. Maybe that’s my problem? I prefer the general “could be used any time” cookie cutter. But seriously, my mom’s roll out cookie recipe just didn’t look good as a carrot. But man, those are fun cookie cutters!
I prefer general stuff so much that for our department holiday gift swap, I bought the coolest rocket ship Popsicle forms that were people pleasing! (Why do we women buy each other the most bizarre holiday wall hangings every year?) I decided to buck the system a bit (ok sisters… lay off… I know that is hardly surprising news to you). The Popsicle things are much too cool… I’m think I’ll go back to the store and pick up one more for a Christmas gift for a niece/nephew….. well… ok… and if my budget allows, maybe one for me too!
In the meantime, those of you who are doing the Christmas cookie thing may enjoy this roll cookie recipe.
Hopefully you will be more patient than am I and your cookies won’t remain naked while you munch and chat away. (ha ha ha – or should I say “Ho Ho Ho!”?)
Gluten Free Christmas Roll Cookies
Recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies (depending on the size of the cookie cutters)
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups GF flour blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 Tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cream together shortening and sugar until fluffy.
- Add one egg and beat together well for 2-3 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together GF flour mix, salt and baking powder. Add to creamed ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
- Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons of milk until perfect, non-sticky cookie dough is achieved.
- Form two balls with the dough. Roll out one ball to 1/4″-1/3″ thickness. Cut with your favorite cookie cutter. (Repeat until all dough is used with both balls.)
- Bake 6 -7 minutes until the edges just begin to brown.
- Decorate/frost as desired… or not. LOL
Happy GF Cookie Eating All!