Recipe by Kristi Waterworth
Based on: http://www.recipelink.com/mf/2/14009. Zaar wouldn't accept the following ingredient: glace cherry halves, (optional) I believe this to be very close to the original, but feel free to make suggestions for its improvement. :)
Top Review by Az B
I love Italian butter cookies. They were a favorite of mine growing up and I have really missed them since going wheat free. Thankfully, I won't be missing them any more. In fact, I'm more likely to go into over dose mode. These are perfect cookies. Even the non-GF family couldn't stop eatting them. Thanks Kristi! Made for PAC Spring 2009
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons beaten eggs
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup rice flour, plus
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
- 1⁄16 cup potato starch
- 1⁄16 cup arrowroot
- 1⁄8 cup tapioca starch
- 1⁄16 cup cornstarch
- 1⁄8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until really fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well until blended.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until blended. Overmixing the dough will make it tough to squeeze through a pastry bag.
- Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip with the cookie dough. Pipe cookies onto parchment-lined cookie sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. If desired, place a cherry half in the center of each cookie before baking.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
- Using a metal spatula, lift cookies off cookie sheet and onto wire cooling racks. Cool. Store in an airtight container.
- Note: For pink or green leaf cookies, tint the dough with a drop or two of red or green food coloring, and use a leaf tip to pipe the shapes. You can then dip the tips of the cookies into melted chocolate and let set on a wire rack.