Wed, 19 Dec 2012

Almond GingerBread Men

Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies

Preheat oven to 350F


Mix almond flour with all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring and beating well to mix.

Divide the batter in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped dough in the freezer for at least an hour

When ready to work with the dough, remove one of the plastic wrapped lumps of dough. Place on a sheet of wax paper. Cover the dough with another piece of wax paper, and use a rolling pin to roll out dough to about 1/4 or 1/2". Use a cookie cutter, or the round top of a small spice jar to cut out the shapes. Use a spatula to move your "men" to a slightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, depending on how chubby your men are. When I made these, I ended up shaping many of them with my fingertips as the dough softened to room temperature.. they all came out great!

Baking instructions: Bake at 350F on a slightly greased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes, then cool on cookie rack.

Decorate with raisin bits, colored candies, and confectioners's sugar frosting

"Safe" Confectioner Sugar Frosting

Place sugar and tapioca starch (flour) in your blender, though a food processor works better, and faster. Grind for at least 3 minutes until sugar does not feel grainy any longer, but has been reduced to powder.

Add lemon juice and coconut milk until the powdered sugar is a good consistensy to spread on cookies. Allow the icing to dry on the cookies, then store in airtight containers

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Sat, 08 Dec 2012

Christmas Cookes

Christmas Cookies 2012

A start to our Christmas Cookies!

Sicilian Butter Cookies

About 5-6 dozen 2" cookies

Preheat oven to 350F

Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the melted butter, the vanilla to the sugar mixture, mixing well. Add the baking powder and 1 cup of flour to the egg and butter mixture and mix well with an electric mixer on slow speed. Add 2 more cups of flour, one cup at a time, beating for about 5 minutes. Add 2 more cups of flour, one at a time, working the flour into the dough with a wooden spoon. Put the last cup of flour on a table and knead the flour into the dough, continuing until the dough is smooth and elastic. If you have a heavy duty electric mixer, you can beat all the flour in, a cup at a time, with the beater attachment. Change to the bread hook attachment, and knead the dough until the dough is smooth and elastic.

You can shape the dough into wreaths (our favorite), Candy Canes , Twists, etc.


Break off 3 walnut-sized pieces of dough, and roll each one in your hands to make 3 ropes. Lay the ropes on the table, and braid them. Put the ends of the braids together to make a braided wreath, about 2-3" in size, pinching the edges to seal where the braided ropes join.

Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until lightly golden, depending on their size. Dip cookies in the warmed honey, and then dip the cookies in the nuts, then the coconut, and then the jimmies. Put a red hot candy on the center bottom of the wreath. Put the silver-colored candies here and there on the cookie.

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