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Ellie’s Recipes: Thin + Crispy Sugar Cookies

Ellie’s Recipes: Thin + Crispy Sugar Cookies

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Hi Ellieworld Friends! Ellie and I have been planning our holiday baking schedule. In case you don’t remember, Ellie is my daughter. Her name actually starts with ‘C’ – like me – but we lovingly call her by her Ellie instead. This year, we are going to start next week with building our own gingerbread house, from homemade dough. Actually, we are planning to do it as sugar cookie dough since she is not much of a gingerbread cookie fan. But, Ellie is an amazing baker. I started teaching her how to make cookies when she was about 3 years old. I used it as a way to spend some quality Mommy-Ellie time together. It was also my way of teaching her some above grade level math skills: counting, weighing, measuring, fractions….education with a good dose of fun! Here’s an excerpt from the book that Ellie authored, designed and published last year. The best part is…these are delicious and gluten-free.

Now for an excerpt from her book:

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These amazing sugar cookies are the perfect thing to brighten up your day. They are great for if you are in a rush and want a non-roll-out light, but a crispy cookie. Since my family, especially Mommy, is eating more and more foods that are gluten-free, this recipe came into our lives for me to make at the perfect time. It is probably one of the most delicious sugar cookie recipes that you will ever eat! HERE’S A TIP: I split part measures by typical measuring cup sizes. Easy baking!



• 1 ½ + ¼ cup of gluten-free flour (make sure the flour includes xanthan gum)
• 1 ½ tablespoon of cornstarch
• ½ teaspoon of baking soda
• ¾ teaspoon of baking powder
• ¾ teaspoon of salt
• 1 ¼ cup of sugar
• 10 tablespoons of butter
• 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• Sugar, for coating


1. In a bowl, place the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar (dry ingredients) and mix together.
2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients to add in the butter, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla (wet ingredients).
3. Wrap the dough tightly and chill.
4. Chill for a couple of minutes – 72 hours.
5. Chilling is not really important for these cookies, but chilling makes helps them to be some of the best cookies you will ever taste.
6. When you do bake your dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
7. Roll the dough into balls and set on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
8. Take the rolled balls and roll them in the sugar to fully coat them.
9. Then, put the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes.
10. Take them out when they start to look golden brown on the edges and soft in the middle.
11. Once that is done, allow them to cool for ten minutes or eat them hot!
12. Enjoy!

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