February 13, 2010

Groove is in the heart (shaped cookies)

Last weekend I found some really cute cookie cutters in hearts and X's and O's. I decided I had to have them, so I bought them and made cookies. This time I tried a new gluten free all purpose flour, Meister's.


This stuff is great!! Remember my mom's Christmas cookie book I talked about before? Well I used her recipe for butter cookies and after the first bite it was like I was 10 years old again. They tasted identical to the original cookie I grew up on. I was blown away. Normally I can make recipes come close to what I remember them tasting in my pre-gluten free days, but these were a perfect match.

Here's how the magic happened:

Barb's Butter Cookies (à la Betsy)

¾ c sugar
½ c. butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1½ c. Meister's Gluten Free Flour
2½ tsp baking powder (this is where I messed up, it should have only been 1½ but apparently I can't do math...as I said, the cookies turned out phenomenal so maybe this was the secret?)

  • Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  • Add flour and baking powder. Beat until well blended.
  • Chill dough for 1-2 hours. (I chilled it for 3 days, the longer the better I say...if you can wait that long.)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll dough out on a gluten free floured surface and cut with cookie cutters dipped in GF flour.
  • Bake on foil or parchment lined cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes.
Let cool and then frost those babies up! I used Devin Alexander's recipe for cream cheese frosting. It's found in her book, The Most Decadent Diet Ever! or online here.

I shared them with the fam and my sister agreed that they tasted just like the gluten cookies. They were so light and fluffy, she couldn't tell the difference. Needless to say, they were a huge hit at my house...the entire batch was gone the next day.


Chandice said...

SOOO adorable!!! I have got to try these! So why do you use that flour mix? Is it a tasty one for cookies? That is one I haven't tried yet so I am interested. :) Thanks Betsy, and Happy Valentines Day!

Betsy said...

Happy Valentine's Day, girl! I used that mix because I had a 1 1/2 cup sample bag of it that I had gotten at one of the Safe & Sound dinners I went to. I figured I'd try something new and I was pleasantly surprised! :)

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Jamie Stern said...

Love the VDay cookies. Found them too late for this year, will put on the list for next! Thanks.

Nutrition to Kitchen said...

Such cute cookies! Love the pink sprinkles especially! :)

comfycook said...

I just got heart shaped cookie cutters, also. I want to make these. Thanks for the inspiration.

Elisa said...

These are very yummy! I had to make them sugar free as well, so I substituted the sugar with half a cup of stevia. I also made the suggested cream cheese icing and substituted with stevia there too. The were a hit with my kids! thanks for the recipe!