Wednesday, October 20, 2010
They are delicious and simple! For a gluten-free flour substitute I used Namaste's "All purpose flour", which is amazing! I raved about their pizza crust some posts ago :)
The cookies are called 1-2-3 cookies, which also describes the recipe (and makes it easy to remember);
1 part sugar
2 parts margarine
3 parts flour
... and an egg for every 100g of sugar (which kind of makes it 1-1-2-3 ... but that's just confusing :-)
So - for example - 100g sugar, 200g margarine, 300g flour and an egg will make a nicely sized dough.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 Celsius).
This dough is different ... and a bit tricky the first time around. But it's proper fun too - and kids will love it. It's a cold dough - and any kind of mixer is a definite no-no.
First, pour the flour onto the coldest surface you can find (marble counter would be perfect). Make a mound out of the flour (think of making a mountain), then create a crater at the summit, big enough to hold the sugar. Pour the sugar into the crater, and create another little crater in the middle of that again.
Now - for the fun part. Make sure your hands are cold (you may want to run them under cold water for a bit, then towel them off). If this dough gets warm - it'll get all sticky.
Now, make like a giant and dig into that volcano! You want to grab as much dough as you can - and squeeze and kneed. Don't add any more flour at this point ... then you'll get a dry dough that falls a apart later.
When you finally have a nice, firm ball - put it in plastic and place it in the fridge for a little ... just to cool it.
Bring it back out onto the marble, which you should sprinkle with flour first, adding a bit to the top of the dough as well. Roll it out to about half a cm thick (quarter inch or so) and use your favourite cookie counters to make small cookies. Place it in the oven for 6-8 minutes (depending on the oven, you may want to experiment) and let cool. Then throw on some tasty icing for an extra little treat :)
Enjoy your gluten-free Norwegian cookies!