These Spritz Cookies have been a favorite gluten-free Christmas cookie at our house for many years. When my kids were younger, they enjoyed helping me make them. And everyone enjoys eating them. Gluten eating friends and family scarf them down, never thinking they are anything but delicious! So since I first posted this recipe five years ago, I decided it was time to republish it.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. I am not a fan of food coloring, but I make exceptions at Christmas for decorating these spritz cookies as well as cut out sugar cookies. However, the icing and decorations are completely optional. The cookies are still good without them.
Original Post from 2009:
It’s really a lot of fun to make cookies in different shapes. There are basically two ways to do it: roll and cut sugar co0kies or make spritz cookies. Spritz cookies are my favorite, but if you want particular shapes such as an angel or bell, then you have go with sugar cookies. These gluten-free spritz cookies are light, crisp and buttery. They are also easy to make, but they do require a cookie press.
Update: I have successfully made these cookies dairy free using Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks or Earth Balance shortening sticks.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter (or butter substitute such as Earth Balance)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or additional vanilla)
- 1 1/2 cups white rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In your mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar by beating on high for a couple of minutes.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and extracts. Beat again for a couple of minutes.
- Combine the dry ingredients and add them to the mixer bowl. Turn the mixer on low to get the flour incorporated, then turn to medium for about 30 seconds to get it mixed. Remove the paddle and scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Put the dough into a cookie press. Place desired shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies don’t spread much so they can be pretty close together.
- Add sprinkles to the tops of the dough if desired.
- Bake the cookies in a 375 degree oven for 6 – 8 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack, then add frosting if desired.