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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (Frosting Recipe Included!)

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Gluten free sugar cookies are the perfect cookie. They’re soft, a little chewy, you can eat them plain or dress them up with some frosting or sprinkles.

You can cut them into any shape to fit any occasion. They’re the mother of all cookies!

gluten free sugar cookies

I especially love gluten free sugar cookies around Christmas time.

They definitely add some magic to this time of year.

You can top these cookies however you’d like. Sanding sugar, cream cheese frosting, and buttercream frosting are all great choices.

gluten free sugar cookies

Love cookies? Check out these Dairy Free Gluten Free Brownie Cookies!

We avoid food dyes in our home because of their negative effects on the body, so when we use sprinkles I opt for these or these. We love them!

Gluten free flours are not created equal. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour for this sugar cookie recipe and highly recommend you use it to.

gluten free sugar cookies

I haven’t experimented with other brands like King Arthur flour, or Namaste. So I can’t guarantee your results if you choose to use another gluten free flour blend!

If you want to be a rebel, at least choose a gf flour that has xanthan gum in it. 🙂

Gluten free baking can be tricky due to the lack of gluten, but with the right ingredients and ratios, no one will ever know they’re gluten free.

gluten free sugar cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies – Ingredients

Butter
Sugar
Eggs
Vanilla extract
Almond extract (optional)
Baking powder
Gluten free all purpose flour

gluten free sugar cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies – How To Make

First, using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. About 4 minutes.

Next, add in the eggs one a time, scraping down the sides and mixing thoroughly after each one.

Then, add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and baking powder and mix on low speed until well incorporated.

gluten free sugar cookies

Finally, add in the flour a little at a time until it’s well combined and a dough forms. The dough will be really soft but it shouldn’t be sticky.

Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then place the dough into the fridge to chill for at least one hour, but overnight is recommended.

gluten free sugar cookies

Once the dough has chilled. Remove it from the fridge and preheat the oven to 375 ℉. Roll out the dough to 1/4 of an inch.

The thickness is important, as it can change the texture of the cookie if it’s rolled thicker or thinner.

Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into your desired shapes. Carefully transfer the cut dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes. Leave the cookies on the pan to cool, then place on a wire rack until they’re room temperature. Frost the cookies and enjoy!

gluten free sugar cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies – Tips

Use parchment paper or a silpat. Spraying a cookie sheet with oil will make the cookies spread.

Work fast. You want the dough to be firm and chilled. If the gluten free sugar cookie dough starts to soften too much, and you find it hard to transfer the cut dough to the sheet pan, return the dough to the fridge so it can harden.

Refrigerate overnight. While these gluten free sugar cookies can be made within an hour of chilling, I like the texture best when the dough is refrigerated over night. When the sugar and flour have more time to meld together, it yields a better textured cookie.

gluten free sugar cookies

If you don’t have salted butter, be sure to add a big pinch of salt when adding the flour into the dough.

Don’t put cold dough on a warm baking sheet. If making multiple batches, use 2 or more pans. Otherwise you’ll need to wait till your pan cools back down to room temperature.

Keep the cut out cookies in the fridge until ready to bake.

Frosting Ingredients

Butter
Powdered sugar
Vanilla extract
Salt
Milk

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How To Make The Frosting

Place all the ingredients into a stand mixer bowl (or use a hand mixer) and mix on high using a whisk attachment. Add more milk if you’d like the frosting to be a little thinner.

Looking for more gluten free cookie recipes?  Try these:

Almond Flour Snickerdoodles
Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies
Banana Split Ice Cream Sandwhiches
Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

This gluten free sugar cookie recipe is easy to make and perfect for decorating. They can be cut into any shape for any occasion!
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time1 hr 18 mins
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cookies, easy, gluten free, soft, sugar cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious

INGREDIENTS

For the Cookies

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk (or more for desired consistency)

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Cookies

  • In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. About 4 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add in the eggs one at a time on medium speed.
  • Add the vanilla extract, almond extract (if using), and baking powder and mix on medium speed until well incorporated.
  • Add in the flour a little at a time until it's well combined and a dough forms. The dough will be really soft but it shouldn't be sticky.
  • Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Flatten the dough into a thick disc, and cover with the plastic wrap.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least one hour, but overnight is recommended.
  • Once the dough has chilled. Remove it from the fridge and preheat the oven to 375 ℉.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4 of an inch and cut into desired shapes. Work quickly so the dough stays chilled.
  • Transfer the cut dough to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes. (The time will vary depending on your oven. You will have to experiment to get the perfect time for your particular oven!)
  • Leave the cookies on the pan to cool, then place on a wire rack until they're room temperature. Frost the cookies and enjoy!

For the Frosting

  • Place all the ingredients into a stand mixer bowl, (or use a hand mixer) and using the whisk attachement, mix the ingredients until it forms a frosting and there's no lumps.
  • Add a little more milk for thinner frosting if desired.

NOTES

If using unsalted butter, add a big pinch of salt in with the flour.
For best results, please read through the tip section in the post above! Enjoy!
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