Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Cookies - Dairy free Christmas Cookies

My husband bought me a subscription to Food Magazine for my birthday.  While many of the recipes are not written out for the gluten free dairy free crowd, I'm not afraid to substitute! With Christmas just weeks away, I decided to test my luck by adapting their Hot Cocoa Cookies by making them into adorable little gluten free sandwich guys!  So sweet. 
Be warned, these are not healthy, nor or they meant to be.  They are once a year holiday treats to share and enjoy!  Have fun. They worked out great.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Cookies

  • 2 1/4 Cups Bob Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks Earth Balance butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup erythritol crystals (or sugar, or Lakanto)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • marshmallow cream for stuffing (or frosting of choice)
Mix Earth Balance and sugar plus erythritol crystals for 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and mix into butter and sugar. In second bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.  Add this dry mixture to the moist mixture, 1/3 at a time, until mixed. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll out. (I left mine in the refrigerator for approximately 3 hours.). Sprinkle Bob Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour onto clean countertop and flatten out to approximately 1/8" thickness (I made mine a little thicker, for easier handling). Cut cookies with small cookie cutters and place them onto stoneware baking sheets.  Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes, or until done.  If you are not using stoneware, start checking your cookies at 12 minutes.  Remove from pan, let cool, then add frosting filling.

I plan to freeze mine, and this will be a first for me in using and freezing marshmallow cream.  I will let you know how they turn out, post freezer. For now, though, the results are in. Very delightful, cute cookies.  Also, the dough worked well for modeling, and my eldest made a cute cat that came out of the oven beautifully.  Have fun with your new gluten free recipe.

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