Rice Cookies

Rice cookies are very popular in Iran and I grow up watching my mom bake them every year for Norouz (Persian New Year).  She taught me how to sift the flour, prepare the dough and shape each cookie into a ball, use a mold to give each cookie a very traditional shape & finally decorated it with poppy seeds and saffron. And as much I love all that tradition and enjoyed the ritual of baking rice cookies; it was a long process and would take a full day.

But who has time now? Most of us work full time, take care of kids, or go to school.

So I made few changes to mom's recipe and created a very easy to follow and bake recipe that is Gluten-Free. Remember the quality of your cookies is dependent on the quality of your ingredients especially butter and rice flour; use good quality butter and you'll be rewarded with crispy, crumbly, buttery rice cookies that would melt in your mouth :)

Rice Cookies

Yield: 20-30 pieces          Cook Time: 12 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup Rice flour
  • 1 stick butter; cut into cubes
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Process:

  1. Place rice flour & powdered sugar in the food processor and pulse to combine
  2. Add the cold butter, egg yolk & vanilla and pulse until the mixture almost comes together and form clumps
  3. Transfer the clumps into your work surface; knead the clumps together until you form a dough and place in a plastic bag
  4. Refrigerate the dough for couple hours
  5. Once you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F /175°C
  6. Cover a baking tray with Parchment paper
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator & knead until the dough is soft
  8. Evenly roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface using a rolling pin & then cut the dough with any shape cookie cutter that you like; I used heart shape for Valentine’s Day, but any kind would work
  9. Line the cookies up in the baking tray and bake for 5-10 minutes or until the tips of the cookies are turning golden
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes

To decorate the cookies you need:
A batch of royal icing
Edible Pearls
Food color spray
Pipe icing around the edges of the cookies;using a pastry bag with Wilton tip# 3
Spray the cookies; the food spray is available at Michael’s and they come in all sort of fun colors for every occasion
And decorate with pearls

 

Notes:

You can purchase the heart shape cookie cutters at Lindy Smith
food coloring & pearls at Michale’s

 

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