Oh the weather outside is frightful! Oh wait? It’s not?
Seriously. It was 50 degrees last Friday. IN CHICAGO! What!
We took advantage of the weather and walked to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the Zoo Lights (basically the whole zoo is covered in Christmas lights and you can see some of the animals, although most were sleeping). It was unseasonably warm out so naturally the zoo was packed with people. I mean what else could we expect on a Friday night, the day after Christmas? We still had fun and then walked to get some sushi. Sushi is my new go-to dinner indulgence since I typically don’t have any issues with my food intolerances as long as they can make the sushi gluten-free which this place does for me every time I go there (yay!). But all fun things aside, it just doesn’t seem right to have such nice weather at the end of December in Chicago. Where’s the mounds of snow? Where’s the polar vortex? (Wait, no. Nevermind, I don’t want that either!) To help with my winter identity crisis, I decided some snowflake sugar cookies were in order.
I made these gluten-free, but they obviously will hold up beautifully with my regular recipe too. I loved how this design turned out. Perfect for any holiday party or just a night when you were wishing to see some snow! I brought them to my uncle’s house for Christmas Eve and although I wasn’t able to eat them because of the sugar, dairy and eggs, my cousin who is gluten intolerant was able to enjoy them. Everyone else enjoyed them too without even realizing they were gluten-free! Enjoy this winter wonderland without all the shoveling!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla (make sure it is gluten-free)
1 tsp salt
1 1/8 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp white rice flour
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp potato starch
1/8 cup tapioca flour
1/8 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum