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PS I love you: Part 3.

There are just a few times each year when I get excited to use cookie cutters. Valentine’s Day is one. I have several heart-shaped cutters. Gi-normous cookies aren’t part of our every day lives but they make great popsicle cookies.

I made a gluten-free sugar cookie base; you can use your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe — with all-purpose or gluten-free-all-purpose flour.

I’d bought some high-quality paint brushes for Christmas crafts that we never used. These turned out to be quite handing for painting the cookies with colored icing. I used white fondant for lettering, but icing would work fine too. The trick to “painting within the lines” is to “draw” an outline using a pastry bag fitted with a narrow tip.

Gluten-Free Iced Sugar Cookies

gluten-free sugar cookiesWhat you need:

Cookie:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp fleur de sel (French sea salt)

 

 

Icing:

  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp fleur de sel (French sea salt)
  • 3-4 tbs milk
  • desired food coloring

What you do:

Cookie:

  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Add flour, powder and sea salt and mix until smooth.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 15 min.
  • Heat oven to 350°.
  • Prepare baking sheet.
  • Remove dough from frig and roll each half to 1/2” thick on floured work surface.
  • Cut cookies using desired shape cutters.
  • Place cut cookie on baking sheet about 1” apart.
  • Repeat with second wrapped dough.
  • Combine dough scraps, roll and cut into cookies.
  • Bake cookies just until lightly colored and slightly darker around edges, about 8-10 min, rotating halfway through baking for even browning.
  • Remove from oven, transfer to cooling rack and immediately insert pop stick.
  • Allow to cool completely before icing.

painting sugar cookiesIcing:

  • Mix all ingredients until smooth.
  • Divide into smaller batches, depending on how many colors you wish to use.
  • Add coloring to batches (leaving one white, for outlining.)
  • Fill pastry bag fitted with narrow tip with white icing.
  • Outline cookie by piping white icing around edges.
  • Allow to harden before icing.
  • Using paint brush, paint cookies with colored icing.
  • Top with additional decorations, as desired.
  • Let sit until icing hardens.
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