Easy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies


sugar cookies gluten free

So I love to bake and it used to come pretty easily but then oh yea I couldn’t use wheat flour anymore and everything I knew about baking went away. I have had a few flops okay more then a few, it can be disappointing but I just say oh well I probably didn’t need all the sugar anyways. Did I mention I am on a diet- but I really dislike calling it that so I say I am eating healthier, it hasn’t been easy especially right now as these cookies sit on my kitchen counter tempting me. I really need to stop getting on Pinterest so much it just makes me crave dessert. Oh right back to baking so I love this simple recipe for gluten free sugar cookies. You can eat them plain or add a frosting, they are perfect for quick cookies the whole family will love. I love that. Sometimes I feel a little like my son is missing out because I am gluten free. But then I also think he is being raised with healthier foods and I love that!

I love this recipe can be used to make Christmas cookies to decorate also!

roll out gluten free sugar cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I recommend XO Baking Co Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend, Jules Gluten Free, or Glutino Gluten Free Pantry All-Purpose Flour)
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
4 tablespoons powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (this should be at room temperature)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum- If your flour blend already contains xanthan or guar gum then do not add.
1 large egg, beaten (this should be at room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

1. Mix all the dry ingredients and blend until well combined. Add egg, butter and vanilla and stir until dough is well blended and thick.

2.Take large amount of dough and shape dough into a ball. Roll out your dough onto parchment paper and roll until dough is about 1/3 of an inch thick.

3. Use a cookie cutter cut out dough and place them onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper leaving about 1 inch between cookies. I dusted some sugar on top at this point for the ones I didn’t plan to frost.

4.Reform and roll out scrap dough. Cut out more cookies into desired shapes.

5.Bake for about 9-11 minutes until set.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet until set then transfer onto a cooling rack, approximately five minutes.

Edges may be slightly golden brown. Once cooled these can be frosted with fun colors or for the holidays! Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Easy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I recommend XO Baking Co, Jules Gluten Free, or Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flours)
  • ¾ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup fine granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (this should be at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum- If your flour blend already contains xanthan or guar gum then do not add.
  • 1 large egg, beaten (this should be at room temperature)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Instructions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients and blend until well combined. Add egg, butter and vanilla and stir until dough is well blended and thick.
  4. Take large amount of dough and shape dough into a ball. Roll out your dough onto parchment paper and roll until dough is about ⅓ of an inch thick.
  5. Use a cookie cutter cut out dough and place them onto cookie sheet, with parchment paper, leaving about 1 inch between cookies. I dusted some sugar on top at this point for the ones I didn't plan to frost.
  6. Reform and roll out scrap dough. Cut out more cookies into desired shapes.
  7. Bake for about 9-11 minutes until set. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet until set then transfer onto a cooling rack, approximately five minutes.
  8. Edges may be slightly golden brown. Once cooled these can be frosted with fun colors or for the holidays! Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Comments

  1. I just finished making these and I am speechless! Ok, maybe not because I can’t say enough great things about this recipe. It was super easy and the dough was a dream to work with and they taste phenomenal! Will be making these again and again and again.

  2. Yay! Just baked these and they came out great (minus the few that got a bit too dark because we rolled them too thin…a little frosting will fix that right up!) It’s so hard to find good gluten free cookie recipes, so thank you!

  3. hi I would love to make these but can’t have granulated sugar or powder so I would you recommend me making these ? thank you Donna

    • Hi Donna- I have only made the sugar cookies with all the ingredients in the recipe so I am not sure how it would turn out otherwise. SO sorry I don’t have a better answer then that. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and comment. Thanks Nicole

    • Check out a product called Just Like Sugar or another called Swerve. That’s what we have to use for our daughter. ;)

  4. Donna could you use raw sugar or honey?

  5. Where can I find xanthan-gumxanthan-gum at I’m interested in trying to make these for my sister in law, she was recommended to go gluten free by her Dr.

    • How sweet of you! You can normally find xanthan gum at any health food store or in a gluten free section, I use Bob’s Red Mill Brand or if you don’t want to purchase it you can use a flour blend that already contain gums like Jules Gluten Free, Glutino All Purpose Flour or XO Baking Company. If you can’t find in stores you can order from Amazon or Vitacost. Hope this helps!

    • if you are lucky enough to be near a walmart that has a GF sections, they carry it now too !

  6. Thank you! I just fished making one gigantic cookie of this for the base of a fruit pizza. I’m so happy at the tast and (more importantly) texture of this recipe. So good. Thank you!

  7. I promise I can spell taste.

    • LOL I can’t tell you the amount of typos I make in a day :) I am so glad you liked the recipe! Great idea to use it for a fruit pizza! I will have to give that a try!

  8. This may sound silly but… When you say all dry ingredients, are you including the powdered sugar or is that just for the tops of the ones you don’t plan to frost?

    • Nope not silly at all. 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar isn’t a lot but it is part of the overall recipe so mix it in with all the dry ingredients. You can dust some regular sugar on top of the cookies before you bake them but that is optional. Thanks for commenting and visiting my blog.

  9. For the person who used this for a base for fruit pizza … what did you use for a sauce?

  10. Pat B salas says:

    I am so excited to try this recipe. Quick question, do you cream your butter and sugar first, before the dry ingredients are added? I’m thinking traditional techniques.

    • Great question- no there is no need to cream your butter and sugar together first. Just mix the dry ingredients then add in your wet ingredients as instructed. If your butter is soft at room temperature everything will combine/blend just fine. Thank you!

  11. Hi! This looks great and I love decorating cookies. I just mixed all of my ingredients and the dough seems a little dry and crumbly. Am I missing something, or should I just go ahead and do my best with the consistency that it is?

    Thanks,
    Meagan

    • Hmm I have used with three different gf flour blends and haven’t had that problem I can roll it and re-roll it several times, try adding just a teaspoon of water if it seems really dry although the butter is a lot which should be enough moisture, not sure what step you are on but sometimes just making the dough into the ball in your hands helps to form a dough. Please let me know how it goes. Thanks, Nicole

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