cookie time

 christmas cookies make me smile. really all cookies make me smile! and gluten free christmas cookies make me leap for joy! i know it's corny, but there is nothing better than blaring some christmas music and baking up a big batch of beautiful cookies.  it just makes us happy! 

years ago, baking and decorating christmas cookies proved to be a stressful experience! my need to control every single step of the process interjected bundles of stress! so i scrapped the television fantasies of us all in matching aprons, baking in a tidy kitchen and the end product being worthy of martha herself.  i now anticipate the clean up taking longer than the baking and decorating. 

it's guaranteed that flour and sprinkles will be everywhere and many of our cookies will looked messy and a few deranged. when i gave up the idea of  perfection, sweet christmas memories were made.  chilling out is the best part of the aging process!  

bennett missed this year. he had 16 year old boy things to do.


last year i came across the perfect christmas icing recipe.
 it's easy and so good.  
and it dries glossy and hard.

loved anna katherine's tie dyed ornaments.
if you take a close look... you can see the deranged santa and gingerbread men. we had left over eyes from something. they were a hoot!

so i'm ok with my cookies not looking totally awesome, but i like them to taste great!  i have been in search for the perfect christmas cookie recipe. easy, delicious and gorgeous. one that isn't fragile or gooey or cardboard tasting. after searching blogs, i found two that received rave reviews. the first recipe was for a sugar cookie and the second was a shortbread recipe. 

the second recipe was perfection!

Shortbread Christmas Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour (i use gluten free flour)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
red and green sprinkles

1. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. 

2. Add in flour, baking powder and salt. 
3. Mix together and divide into 3 equal portions.
4. Cover and refrigerate (about an hour)5. On lightly greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.  (Get them out before they start to brown…they will look undone!)

Sugar Cookie Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
food coloring

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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