I love cookies. Troublesome, given 1) my weight, and 2) my gluten-intolerance. That cuts down my cookie intake by a great deal, since store-bought gf cookies are _expensive,_ and I don't have a lot of time to bake. But today, I felt like baking. Living Without magazine has an article on cookies this month, and has a preview of two of the recipes up on their website (livingwithout.com). I've made the dough for the sugar cookies, and it's in the fridge (side note, I was a little startled when a portion of vanilla bean fell out from the bottle of Penzey's Double-Strength Vanilla Extract (penzeys.com)). I'm currently making chocolate spritz cookies, from the recipe found here: http://www.andreasrecipes.com/2006/12/22/cream-cheese-spritz-cookies/
It's not gf, but I can substitute.
They're good. The flour blend I used was the same as in the sugar cookies (since I'd made the whole recipe, which was 6 cups, and only needed 2.5 for the sugar cookies), and added .5 tsp xanthan gum for binding. I also doubled the vanilla (vanilla I bought in Mexico last year on our cruise, since I used up the Penzey's in the sugar cookies). They're a little dry, but I've come to expect and enjoy the dry texture in gf baked goods. I'll be rolling out the sugar cookies later this afternoon (OMG it's 1 pm already, where did the day GO??), since last week I picked up a rolling cloth and pin cover...and cookie cutters. I picked up a set of 100 at Bed Bath and Beyond last weekend (when I got the spritz cookie press, the rolling cloth and pin cover, and a funnel cake kit). For years, I've just been using the round biscuit cutters to cut cookies and the like. Now I can have SHAPES!! They're open plastic, so no imprinted designs on the cookies, but all for the better, because this way, I can use them on biscuits, too. :-)