What would the holidays be without sugar cookies? I have so many memories of when I was a kid around this time of year, sitting with a big plate of sugar cookies and dunking them in a tall glass of ice cold milk. Of the holiday traditions my kids look forward to most, baking cookies is way up there. I myself get so excited about it that I dedicated an entire pin board on Pinterest to holiday cookies.
However for kids with gluten allergies, the joy of holiday cookies can obviously be a big time bummer.
A few years ago I learned about Cup4Cup -- an all natural, specially formulated, gluten-free flour -- from my friend Jules Davis, and since then I have enjoyed making so many foods with it and can't believe any of them are gluten free. One of the biggest struggles in gluten-free baking is how complicated it can be, the need for so many different flours, xanthan gum and so on. The sheer joy of using Cup4Cup is that you can use it in the same ratios in a recipe as all-purpose flour and it performs the same way. Sheer joy for bakers!
When Cup4Cup approached me about doing a cookie exchange with a few of my favorite bloggers like Heather Cristo and Marla Meredith I was really excited. One reason was because it meant one of them would be sending me a big box of cookies and the second was because I love any excuse to bake cookies. I used my traditional Sugar Cookie recipe, simply substituting the flour with Cup4Cup, and got amazing results. They came out soft on the inside with the perfect amount of sweetness inside. As a final touch I topped them with dye-free icing. My kids loved decorating them as you can see in these pictures and it made me feel good to be able to share them with my friends whose diets are gluten-free.
This giveaway is a particularly fun one as you're getting a yummy recipe and the chance to win the entire Cup4Cup line of Gluten-Free products (Multi-Purpose Flour, Pancake and Waffle Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, and Cup4Cup's newest, a Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Brownie Mix) PLUS 1 KitchenAid 13-cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System (retail value $249.99) in the winner's color choice of Empire Red, Onyx Black, Brushed Chrome, Contour Silver or White!
To enter to win just answer this question_ What's your favorite holiday cookie to bake?
Prize_ One (1) lucky weelicious reader will receive the full line of Cup4Cup products (Multi-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour, Pancake and Waffle Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Brownie Mix) PLUS one (1) KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System in your color choice (Empire Red, Onyx Black, Brushed Chrome, Contour Silver, or White). I have not been compensated in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
Duration_ This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 26th at 11_59pm.
Who Can Enter_ Open to residents in the USA only.
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Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies + KitchenAid Giveaway! (makes 1 dozen large cookies)
- 2 cups Cup4Cup Multi-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- icing: greek yogurt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons Milk or Water
1. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.
2. in the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
4. Gradually add the flour mixture until the dough comes together.
5. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper, shape into a disk, cover and refrigerate until firm, about 20-30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 325F.
7. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
8. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden.
10. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
11. For the icing: combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth.