Jules Gluten-Free: Sugar Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

by Candice Rose Clifford on December 12th, 2012


You don’t have to build your cookies in a tree shape – but, boy it looks cute and festive!

Let’s be honest, If there was no Jules Gluten Free Flour there would be no family recipes recreated, no homemade cookies or cakes, and no way I could enjoy something special from time to time. I may be a exaggerating a bit here, but Jules’ flour is a product I {and my mom} are so thankful for. It was the product that gave me the courage to get back to baking after becoming discouraged, and has now allowed me to take risks in the kitchen. 

Like many of my virtual friends I have never met Jules, but she is one of the “gluten-free celebrities” I want to meet one day. Not only am I thankful for her flour, but I am also so thankful for all the support she has given me over the last two years of blogging, often RT tweets or sharing my new recipes. 

Jules has done so much for the gluten-free community; whether it’s acting as an advocate as one of the founders of 1in133 or holding her annual cookie swap on facebook, which allows others to learn about fun holiday cookie recipes. She is an individual who serves as in inspiration, and I am pleased that today she is sharing a cookie recipe with you all. 

In my family, any holiday is a good excuse to make cut-out cookies. I literally have boxes of cookie cutters and a cabinet full of sprinkles! I admit we may go a bit overboard, but it’s such a fun tradition to make and to eat these yummy cookies!

Gluten-free, dairy-free and even vegan (yay-we can all eat the scraps of dough!), this is truly one of my favorite do-anything recipes. And now I’ve found something new to do with this dough: make a Cookie Tree! This set of star cutters make great cookies in their own right, but stack them on top of each other and you have a super-cute cookie tree for a centerpiece or edible treat!

Right now on my site you can get one of these Cookie Tree Kits for yourself (you still get to enjoy the fun part of making and stacking the cookies into a tree!)

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening (Earth Balance® Shortening Sticks)
1 cup granulated cane sugar
1 egg or egg substitute (see below*)
1/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)
2 1/4 cups Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Gluten-free sprinkles or colored sugar (optional)

(*Egg Substitutes: e.g. Ener-G Egg® Replacer or whisk together: 1 Tbs. milk powder or DariFree™ Milk Powder + 1 Tbs. cornstarch + 2 Tbs. warm water)

You don’t have to build your cookies in a tree shape – but, boy it looks cute and festive!

Directions:

Cream shortening and sugar until very fluffy.  Add egg (or egg replacer), vanilla extract, milk, and food coloring, beating until integrated. Add the dry ingredients last, mixing until evenly blended. Form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze until cold and no longer sticky, at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375ºF (static) or 350ºF (convection).

Lightly flour the rolling surface, rolling pin and cookie cutters with Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. Roll the dough to approximately 1/8-inch thickness and cut shapes, re-rolling dough scraps to utilize all the dough.

Place cut-out cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired. Bake approximately 8–10 minutes, but remove before they begin to brown at the edges. When baked and cooled, frost with Easy Cookie Icing, if desired.

To make cookie tree, bake at least 3 of each size star. Once cooled, ice them and stack, using a dab of icing between star layers to help them stay in place. Set each star atop the one below by turning it so the points are not directly on top of the star points below, making the star points look like random branches. Ice one of the smallest stars with yellow icing or yellow sanding sugar and set atop the tree like a star tree-topper.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies, depending on size.

Thanks Jules for all you do for the community. Happy holidays to you and your family! To learn more about Jules Gluten Free flour and her other products visit her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Author Information: Candice Rose Clifford

After being diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity Candice started Embrace G-free. On this honest account you will find posts which empower you to live your happiest and healthiest gluten free life, in addition to recipes, product reviews, and resources.
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