These gluten free minty sugar cookies are a family favorite that would be the hit of any cookie exchange party this holiday season.
Holiday Sugar Cookies
It seems like the holidays are coming faster and faster every year.
We just finished Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Then the race is on for Hanukkah and Christmas. Stores are already putting up their Christmas decorations!
Before our family had to go gluten free, we used to participate in cookie exchanges around the holidays. Each mom would spend weeks trying to come up with the perfect cookie to make for this event. I remember cookies I had made, chocolate chip, candy cane shaped striped cookies, cookies with frosting, cookie bars, it was always so much fun to try to top what I made the year before.
And then the fun part…the get-together.
The kids would be so excited for this day. They would wake up and jump out of bed ready to go see their friends and eat cookies :-). It was pretty cute.
Everyone who attended would come home with a huge full plate of cookies. I loved this. Cookie exchanges are the best way to get so many different types of cookies without having to make so many varieties yourself. And the time with friends?
Now that our family is all gluten free, we don’t participate in cookie exchanges anymore. The risk of cross contamination is too high. We do have a few friends who are gluten free, so it may be a great time for me to organize our own gluten free cookie exchange party :-).
Gluten Free Flour
When I bake, I primarily use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. I have for months now ever since I discovered it.
This gluten free flour blend is fool proof.
It combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins. The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookie.
One thing I discovered baking gluten free is you have to be really careful with your gluten free flour blend. Some work and some just don’t in certain recipes. It is like a chemistry experiment every time you bake.
These minty gluten free sugar cookies are really easy to make.
I like to double the recipe and freeze some dough for baking later. You can also chill this dough and roll it out to use cookie cutters. Put dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to blend. In a smaller bowl, add all wet ingredients and whisk. Mix the wet and dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on a cookie sheet. Press down slightly to flatten. Top with 1/4 of a peppermint patty and holiday sprinkles and bake.
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Things You Need To Make This Gluten Free Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe:
- My favorite cookie scoop. This is what makes your cookies all uniformly sized.
- These bowls don’t slide around when you are mixing up your ingredients….it makes it easier for my kids to do stir for me.
Easy, peppermint gluten free sugar cookie recipe.
- 1 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour Blend (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon stick + 1melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- peppermint patties
- Holiday sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray coconut oil on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix.
Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls onto a baking sheet.
Flatten slightly with your hand.
Press 1/4 of a peppermint patty into the top and then add holiday sprinkles.
Bake 8 minutes until done.
Remove from baking sheet onto a cooling rack.
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