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



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



  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



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