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The Easiest EVER Gluten-Free Valentine's Day Cookies

Elizabeth Barbone - February 12, 2014
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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:

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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.

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How last minute of a project was this? I needed to micro my butter to soften it. That's how last minute.

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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.

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Mix.

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Now, as prepared, the recipe makes "drop cookies." If you are super last minute (hey, no judgement, dude.) just scoop the dough and bake.

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Is it just me or does this dough look like a tiny scoop of ice cream? (You agree? OMG. I thought so too!!)

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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.

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About 1/4 cup of white rice flour tightens the dough.

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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.

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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.

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Cut into hearts.

Since we skimped on chilling the dough, chill it for about five minutes after you cut. This prevents spreading.

Bake.

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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!

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So whether you bake drops.

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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".

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