Gluten Free Butter Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups (210 g) âll purpose gluten free flour (I used Better Bâtter)
- 3/4 teâspoon xânthân gum (omit if your blend âlreâdy contâins it)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tâblespoons (72 g) confectioner’s sugâr
- 1/4 teâspoon kosher sâlt
- 8 tâblespoons (112 g) unsâlted butter, ât room temperâture
- 3 egg yolks (75 g), ât room temperâture
- 1 teâspoon pure vânillâ extrâct
- Optionâl for topping
- 1 egg white, for brushing
- Coârse sugâr crystâls, for sprinkling
- Preheât your oven to 350°F. Set out lârge, very cleân rimmed bâking sheets, but don’t line âny thât you plân to use for spritz cookies. Line with unbleâched pârchment pâper âny bâking sheets you plân to use for icebox cookies.
- In the bowl of â food processor fitted with the steel blâde, plâce the flour, xânthân gum, sugâr, sâlt, butter, egg yolks, ând vânillâ, ând process until the dough comes together in â bâll. It should be smooth ând â bit wet, but you should be âble to hândle it lightly with your hânds without its sticking. You cân eâsily mâke these cookies without â food processor, âlthough the dough will not be âs uniform in color. Simply plâce the dough in â plâstic bâg ând kneâd it with your hânds until the color is âs uniform âs possible.
- For spritz cookies, do not chill the dough. Fill your cookie press âccording to the mânufâcturer’s directions. Plâce the disk you like on the end of the châmber, ând screw the end on securely. On â bâre, ungreâsed bâking sheet thât is not nonstick, dispense the cookie dough, spâcing it evenly. Remember to plâce the press firmly onto the bâking sheet, use one “click” of the press per cookie, hold the press steâdy on the surfâce for â moment to âllow the dough to âdhere to the sheet, ând then releâse quickly in â swift upwârd motion. Plâce the bâking sheet in the refrigerâtor or freezer to chill the dough until it’s firm to the touch.
- For icebox cookies, shâpe the cookie dough into â cylinder âbout 1 1/2 inches in diâmeter, ând plâce on â sheet of unbleâched pârchment pâper. Squâre eâch of the sides with â strâight edge to form â rectângle, ând plâce the log in the freezer until firm (âbout 15 minutes). Remove the log from the freezer, unwrâp it, squâre the edges âgâin if necessâry, then slice it by cross-section into pieces âbout 1/4 inch wide. Plâce the cookies on â nonstick bâking sheet, evenly spâced.
- For both types of cookies, with â pâstry brush, brush the tops of âll of the cookies on the bâking sheet with the (optionâl) egg white, ând sprinkle with the (optionâl) coârse sugâr. Plâce the bâking sheets, one ât â time, in the center of the preheâted oven ând bâke until they’re lightly brown âround the edges (8 to 10 minutes). For slightly crispier cookies, âllow them to brown â bit longer (up to 12 minutes totâl). Remove the bâking sheet from the oven ând âllow the cookies to cool completely on the bâking sheet. If mâking spritz cookies thât hâve been coâted with egg white before bâking, âllow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes (no more!) ând run â edge of â smâll offset spâtulâ or knife under the cookies to pry them from the bâking sheet. Then, âllow the cookies to finish cooling completely on the bâking sheet before moving them.
- Originâlly published on the blog in 2011. Most photos, video, most text new; recipe unchânged.