"Let love be genuine. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." Romans 12: 9-13
Teresa Smith is wife to Rob, mom to Nate and Jacob, and loves to cycle with her husband on their Ferrari Red Co-Motion Tandem. Her passion for this blog is to help make life simple living on a gluten free diet with delicious recipes that she has adapted to be gluten free. She and her husband are missionary staff with FamilyLife Ministries in Little Rock, Arkansas.



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cookie Day with Anna and Katie

Being a senior in high school, Anna Li has been trying to hang on to a little of her childhood before leaving her safe and fabulous family. So she decided she would begin an adventure of 365 days of childhood. Everyday she thinks of ways to reminisce about her days of youth. Some of her fun ideas have been running away from home, finger painting, and making a mess of her bedroom. Today she pretended to not know how to make cookies, so we baked these delicious gluten free sugar cookies with her sister Katie. These girls make washing dishes fun!

Start with mixing all the different gluten free flours together. Then whisk them together.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Then add the egg and vanilla.

After this is creamy and good, add the flour mixture just until combined.

The great thing about this dough unlike most sugar cookies recipes, is that there is no need to refrigerate. That just spells eating cookies sooner to me. It really helps to roll the dough between two sheets of waxed paper or I used parchment paper.

We decided to make Valentine cookies. You can do whatever shape you want!

I wanted you to see just how beautiful these looked while baking.

Anna got creative on us and made a swirly design.

Proud of their efforts and excited to eat them too! I love these Li girls! We really need to do this more often...

Here is the recipe, I hope you will try making these. I am so glad we did. It has been 7 years since I have eaten a sugar cookie. Now that I have eaten too many, I better get to my workout...



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Have on hand 2 ungreased cookie sheets.
  2. In a small bowl, whish together the flour mix, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream sugar and crisco. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, mixing enough to combine. The dough will be a soft ball. With your hands, knead in enough of the potato starch to make the dough easy to handle and roll out.
  4. Using about half at a time, place a piece of plastic wrap over the ball and roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  5. Cut into desired shapes and place on pan.
  6. Decorate with coloured sugars before baking or use frosting to decorate after baking.
  7. (With this dough, you can use all the scraps.) Just scrape them together and roll out again. They will not get tough.
  8. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Cool very slightly before removing from the pan.