Monday, December 20, 2010

Brown Sugar Cookies Gluten-Free or regular

The baking frenzy continues. Seems like every time I finish one batch... they are gone. Between the gaming nights my son has with all of his friends here, and the girls Varsity basketball team. I am lucky if I get a taste. Oh well... I love to cook and bake so I am really not complaining. It gets my creative mind flowing. I really love it when I can make gluten free cookies and my son devours them. Mostly because he has an issue if it is "gluten free" He is not intollerant and so he complains. He has his own cupboard in our home, full of what I call "nasty unhealthy processed food." I would not give him that stuff, but he is rail thin. 6'2" of skin and bone and one of the most finicky eaters I have ever met. I sneak him healthy food whenever I can. This recipe is not healthy, but it IS gluten free and he loved them. As always, remember you can make this normal gluten cookies by omitting the xanthan gum and using regulary all purpose flour. I use my gluten-free flour blend.

This is hands down one of the best cookies I make.

Brown Sugar Cookies
1 1/3 cup  butter
1 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Large Egg plus 1 Yolk
1 TBS Vanilla Extract
2 cups gluten free all purpose Flour blend
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Baking Powder

for topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
preheat oven to 375 degrees

1. Melt 1 cup plus TBS of butter in a small pan and keep on the low heat for 4 minutes until the butter is a light brown color and smells nutty. Pour into a separate bowl and add the remaining 4 TBS butter and whisk to melt the butter.

2. Let cool 3 minutes , then add brown sugar and salt. Whisk until brown sugar is completely clump free and smooth. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour,xanthan gum (omit if not gluten free) baking soda and baking powder. Add to the wet mixture and mix until fully combined, using a spatula.



3. Combine 1/4 cup of each sugar and brown sugar and mix. Roll out 36 balls of dough and coat in the sugar combination.

4. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or stone.
Let cool and enjoy!