The Easiest EVER Gluten-Free Valentine's Day Cookies
Two things. 1: Valentine's Day is Friday (or today if you are reading this on Valentine's Day.) 2. I'm totally unprepared.
Unlike lots of other bloggers who go all out for Valentine's Day, I kind of, um, forgot about it. I'd love to blame the oral surgery I underwent last week BUT this is my pattern. I'm a last minute Valentine's Day baker.
Yet, I still enjoy the cheesy pink and red desserts you can make on Valentine's Day. (see this cupcake post.)
So today I wanted to write up a post for people like me: last minute bakers.
It's actually amazing that I'm doing this on Wednesday and not, you know, Friday afternoon. Let's celebrate my growth!
Here we go:
Yes. This recipe uses a mix. If you are going to comment about how mixes are "teh debil", let me say something: if you don't want to use a mix. Don't. Ok then, let's move on.
As you can see, I used the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. This "recipe", however, works with any sugar cookie mix or with a homemade recipe. Use whatever works for you and your diet.
How last minute of a project was this? I needed to micro my butter to soften it. That's how last minute.
In a large bowl, combine butter, egg, water, and vanilla. Confession: I used more vanilla than the box called for. Daring, eh? Then I added a squirt of pink food coloring. If you don't want to use food coloring, that's fine! Leave it out.
Now, as prepared, the recipe makes "drop cookies." If you are super last minute (hey, no judgement, dude.) just scoop the dough and bake.
Is it just me or does this dough look like a tiny scoop of ice cream? (You agree? OMG. I thought so too!!)
After just a few minutes, these cute pink drops come out of the oven. (In real life, the edges didn't look that brown.)
However, if you have just a smidgen more time, you can transform the drop cookies into cut-outs.
You know how you do this? MAGIC.
Ok...ok...not magic. You use white rice flour. Which...is slightly less exciting than magic, I'll admit it.
About 1/4 cup of white rice flour tightens the dough.
I love how bubble gum-pink this turned out! If I'm going to spend time making Valentine's Day cookies, I want them OVER THE TOP.
After a quick chill, we're talking ten minutes here, roll out the dough. Remember to use enough white rice flour so that the dough doesn't stick to the counter.
Cut into hearts.
Since we skimped on chilling the dough, chill it for about five minutes after you cut. This prevents spreading.
That's it. Let the cookies cool and share the love. And you don't need to tell anyone that you googled "Last minute Valentine's Day Cookies." That'll be our little secret!
So whether you bake drops.
Or cut-outs. I hope you enjoy a love-filled day. And, actually, that is my wish for all of your days.
About the author: Elizabeth Barbone is the owner and editor of GlutenFreeBakng.com and is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking. and "How to Cook Gluten-Free".