Like most magazines, we work several months ahead of the actual calendar. We were baking holiday cookies and testing recipes for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas breakfast over the summer.
This being our cookie issue, we jumped into cookies in a big way. Managing editor Erica Dermer ordered dozens and dozens of gluten-free sugar cookie mixes; she and her testing team mixed, rolled, baked and tasted cookies for many weeks. (Want to know the best sugar cookie mixes out there? See Erica’s product review of the best GF sugar cookies here.) And Beth Hillson created delicious new gluten-free cookie recipes, based on America’s short list of favorite cookies.
We wanted cookies on our cover, of course. Various cookie spreads from two photography sessions didn’t make the grade. As we were pondering our plan B, I remembered the childhood fun my brothers and sisters (six of us) had when decorating Christmas cookies around our family’s big kitchen table. So I made Beth’s Roll-Out Sugar Cookies and re-created the bright-colored “paint” we used to decorate cookies when I was growing up, my grandmother’s old recipe. So easy! The vivid hues popped, the photos worked and channeling my grandmother brought back some wonderful Christmas memories.
I hope this issue prompts fond recollections, inspires delicious gluten-free holidays … and helps you make wonderful new memories, too.
Warmest wishes for a joyful season,
P.S. The recipe for old-fashioned cookie “paint” (Egg Wash Glaze) is on this cookie decorating page.