Happy Tuesday! This recipe post may seem a bit out of place on a blog where I typically post nutrient-dense recipes. But I assure you these cookies are actually gluten and grain free. And minus the sugar on on top (more about that later), they’re actually relatively healthy as far as cookies go. Almost too pretty to eat, these Gluten-free sugar cookies are sure to be a hit this Valentine’s Day.
Sanding Sugar or Frosting for decorating (scroll down for paleo options)
**Use organic ingredients where possible
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the paleo flour, baking soda and xantham gum and sift over a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter and maple sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Add the wet ingredients to the paleo flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Roll out the dough on wax paper using a little more of the paleo flour to prevent sticking. Use your cookie cutters to form desired shapes and place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dust the cookies with the colored sugar and bake in a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool before serving. Recipe makes about 28 to 32 cookies.
As mentioned, I did make an attempt to keep these cookies completely paleo. I actually tried to dye my own sugar using this recipe here. I used maple sugar and combined with raspberry juice I ended up with a delicious glaze rather than colored sugar. While I might have to revisit the glaze recipe at another time, my desired outcome here was to make pretty (and gram worthy) Valentine’s Day cookies so I resorted to store-bought sanding sugar. Alternatively can also use paleo frosting to decorate. I found some noteworthy recipes here and here.
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