2011 was a big year for me, and yes, I know I am a full week late on this whole-year encompassing post. It hadn’t really hit me that it was a new year. Too many exciting things happened in the 2 months before the year changed, that for me, 2012 starting was not all that transforming.
Over the past week, i have realized just how much has changed, and just how much more i want to do.
- I started this blog.
- I wrote 77 recipes.
- I made pie crust from scratch.
- I nearly got killed at an Italian restaurant.
- I was on TV and presented 2 recipes.
- I gave a talk on gluten-free baking in Dallas.
- I got a new job & moved back to Chicago.
- I had 2 surgeries and became a battery operated & remote control operated human.
- I wore real pants for the first time in 2 years.
- I ate my favorite Christmas cookies for the first time in 8 years.
- I will learn to bake great gluten-free bread.
- I will write a cookbook proposal.
- I will finish illustrating my second children’s book.
- I will eat just a little bit healthier.
- I will be able to go back to the gym.
- I will continue to post delicious recipes.
Now that I have looked backwards and forwards, I think it is time to share with you my absolute favorite cookies. These are not your average cookie. They are a dough made from powdered sugar, cream cheese and flour. That’s it. Delightfully simple and wrapped around a nut. Or a bit of dried fruit. Or whatever bakeable filling you choose. And they are not as sweet as you would imagine, ebing that they are made with several cups of powdered sugar. They are light, flaky and have a bit of tang from the cream cheese. One little problem, they are addictive. So very addictive that you might eat half the recipe without even noticing. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone if you make these and don’t want to share.
We might make these every year as a Christmas cookie, but there is no reason that these cannot be enjoyed every month.
- 250 grams (8 ounce package) cream cheese
- 250 grams (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 280 grams (2 cups) gluten-free all-purpose flour, sifted*
- 1 teaspoon xantham gum**
- 250-350 grams (1½ – 2 cups) powdered sugar
- Walnuts (pecans, raisins, etc.) for stuffing in the cookiess
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese and softened butter with your hands.
- Add the flour ⅓ at a time, mixing with your hands until you have a smooth dough.
- Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or over night.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- On a flat surface covered with parchment paper, generously sprinkle the powdered sugar. Pat the dough out into a 4-inch circle and place on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and roll out. Fold the dough back up and continue adding powdered sugar until the dough doesn’t absorb any more (it will absorb about a cup and a half (210 grams) of sugar. It might take more or less depending on the humidity.
- When the dough is pliable, roll it out ⅛ inch thick and cut into 1-inch strips. Cut the dough as needed to wrap around your pieces of nuts.
- Arrange about an inch apart on your prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should just be starting to turn golden brown when you take them out.
- Let them cool until you can handle them. Roll in more powdered sugar and put on a cooling rack. These cookies are best when eaten warm and should be eaten within a day or two of baking.