1 cup gluten-free cake flour (115 g high-quality all-purpose gluten free flour + 25 g cornstarch) or 1 cup (140 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/4 cup (20 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup (58 g) confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.
Make the dough. In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the butter, and stir to combine. The dough will be crumbly at first. With lightly floured hands, knead the cookie dough until it comes together and becomes smooth.
Shape the cookies. Place the dough between two sheets of unbleached parchment paper and roll out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut out large snowflake shapes (or other large cookie cutter shape). To remove shapes, pull scraps from around the cutouts off of the parchment paper and set the scraps aside. Place one hand under the parchment paper and bend it back to expose the edge of one shape. Invert the shape onto the palm of your other hand and peel back the paper. Place the shapes about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Gather and reroll scraps, and repeat the process. Place the shaped cookies on the baking sheet in the freezer until firm, about 5 minutes.
Bake the cookies. Place the cookies in the center of the preheated oven and bake until just set, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet until firm, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing or serving. Freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container.
Note: Use the royal icing recipe in this post to decorate the cookies once they have completely cooled.
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