Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gluten-Free Baking: Gingerbread Men!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men Recipe
1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour mix*
1/2 to 3/4 tsp ginger (depending on how ginger-y of a taste you want!)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine (cold)
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp cloves
1 egg (cold)
1/4 to 3/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup gluten-free molasses

*Gluten-Free Flour Mix:
6 cups white rice flour
2 cups potato starch (NOT the same as potato flour)
1 cup tapioca starch

Combine the gluten-free flour mix, cream of tartar, baking soda, xanthan gum, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Mix well. Cut in the butter or margarine until the mixture is in crumbs the size of peas.

In a small bowl beat the sugar, egg, and molasses together. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides. Form the dough into a flat ball shape and refrigerate for one hour.

Dust some freezer paper (not wax paper) with gluten-free flour or confectioners sugar. Put the dough on the freezer paper and sprinkle with flour or confectioners sugar. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thick and cut out shapes as desired. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 20 cookies.

Enjoy and have a happy holiday weekend!

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