Friday, March 7, 2008

Gluten Free Vanilla Sandies -- A Delicious Mistake!




If you are looking for a healthy gluten free cookie, please avert your eyes! These wonderful cookies do not have one healthy redeeming factor about them... but they are simply delicious! I am a sucker for sweet, soft, "melt in your mouth" baked goods.

I came about these cookies quite by accident. They were supposed to be "big, fat, soft, white, sugar cookies." The only reason I do not think they fit into that category is because they are not "cakey" cookies, as I recall those big soft sugar cookies to be. To get that affect you would probably need to add another egg. Instead, what did result was a soft, yet "sandy" textured cookie that simply melts in your mouth. They are deceptively sweet and delicious! Perfect with a bowl of homemade ice-cream!


Max likes to help me in the kitchen. These cookies met his stamp of approval!

You could easily fancy these babies up by you giving them a good dollop of buttercream icing, or a quick glaze, by adding chopped pecans or almonds to the dough, by making ice-cream sandwiches with them, sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar, or even adding citrus zest to the cookie dough...but me? I like them plain. Mark Bittman style. Give me these cookies and a big glass of milk, and I'm a happy girl.

Of course, my dear Michael would prefer them with chocolate chips... ;-)



Ginger Lemon Girl's Vanilla Sandies
free of gluten & dairy
created by Carrie of gingerlemongirl.com
printer-friendly recipe

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup millet flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (opt.)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use an oven thermometer if necessary to attain the correct temperature. In a large bowl mix together butter-flavored shortening, oil, sugar, and powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl whisk together all flours, baking powder, and xanthan gum (if desired). Gently stir flour mixture into the sugar mixture just until combined. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, or onto parchment lined pans. Bake for 10 minutes until cookies are golden brown.

*This is very important* YOU MUST let cookies rest on cookie sheets undisturbed for 5-10 minutes before removing to cooling rack, if you do not allow these cookies to rest, they will crumble and fall apart! Move to cooling rack after 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 dozen delicious cookies!

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8 comments:

  1. Love the picture of your cat helping out in the kitchen! Too cute! Thank you for your sweet and encouraging words. I know this will get easier for me.

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  2. You are so welcome Sondra! It is SO tough at first, but there is a WHOLE world of support out here, and you are going to have an award winning blog with all support and the great recipes you learn to make!! Thank you for visiting me! (by the way, these cookies are SUPER easy and soo yummy! I think I might have to make another batch!!) (((((BIG HUGS!!!)))

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  3. Carrie - Your cookies look scrumptious! I can't wait to give them a try.

    Sheltie Girl

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  4. Sheltie Girl - Thanks so much! You know I love comments from you!! They were really good! I was surprised at how yummy they were! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Pecan Sandies from my pre-GF days!

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  5. Look so good, I dont have sweet rice flour...do you think plain white rice is ok

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  6. Yes! Plain white rice flour should be fine!!

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  7. I know this is old, but do you think I could use 2 1/4 gf bisquick mix in place of the flours? Thanks!

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  8. Marianne - YES! I think you could definitely use the GF bisquick mix in place of the flours here, Just leave out the baking powder and xanthan gum! Enjoy!! Let me know how they come out~!

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Sincerely,
Carrie

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