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New! I added a cooking video to this page so you can see how easy these gluten-free Sugar Cookies are to make!
As with all our recipes, there is a printable recipe at the bottom of the page with exact measurements and directions.
Hope you love them!
My family loooves these Sugar Cookies!
These cookies are literally perfect. They have crisp edges, a chewy center and despite its name, they are not overly sweet… just so yummy!
I first made these Sugar cookies for Valentines Day…
We are not a family who celebrates Valentine’s Day in a big way — we usually exchange cards, maybe some flowers are involved and we have a nice dinner together– but I always make a sweet treat!
While we LOVE our chocolate cake recipe, and chocolate is obviously a Valentines Day favorite, I wanted to go with something fruity (so we made a batch of Raspberry Crumble Bars — if you haven’t tried, they are too good!) and I made a classic Sugar Cookie that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Ever since making them that first time, they’ve become a regular in the rotation as everyone loves them and we make them constantly, decorating them to be a little more festive for whatever holiday or event is nearing.
For Memorial Day and Fourth of July we make them with red, whit and blue sprinkles.
For Halloween, I went with orange sprinkles for Halloween.
You can get as creative as you like but with 2 teen boys, orange sprinkles is as creative as they want for Halloween lol.
And for Christmas, I made made them with red and green sprinkles, and for St Patrick’s Day I made them with green sprinkles.
How to make the Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
No matter what color sprinkles, they are super EASY to make.
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Back to the Gluten-free Sugar Cookies…
The dough comes together quickly and makes 24 2 1/2 – 3 inch cookies.
The only thing you need to plan for is that the dough needs to be refrigerated for 30 mins.
After that, you just scoop out the batter into 1 1/2 tablespoon pieces, roll each portion into a ball, then roll the ball in sugar for a sweet and sparkly finish. Then use the base of a measuring cup to flatten the cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.
Pro tip: they do expand when they bake, so place them 1 – 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen with a few small tweaks (made them egg free and almost vegan — used dairy-free butter but did use the 3 oz of regular cream cheese the recipe called for).
If you haven’t used flax egg, it is super easy to make and works great as an egg replacement in many recipes that call for 1 egg.
No matter whether you make them dairy free or egg free, with regular sugar or with decorated sugar, hope you love them as much as we do!
A gluten-free sugar cookie never tasted so good! Crispy edges, chewy center, rolled in sugar and perfect anytime! Easy, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free and Dairy Free optional and YUMMY! Recipe from America's Test Kitchen with adaptions for dairy free and egg free. The version we make most often is with flax egg, dairy free butter and regular cream cheese. Prep Time includes 30 minutes resting the dough. Active Prep Time:15 minutes
Prep Time45 minutesmins
Cook Time12 minutesmins
Total Time57 minutesmins
Course: Dessert, Cookies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg Free Optional
1 3/4cupall purpose gluten-free flour with xanthum gumwe used GF Jules
3/4cupplus 2 tablespoons almond flour
1 1/4cupcane sugarplus 1/3 cup or less for rolling
3ouncescream cheese or dairy free cream cheesesoftened and cut into 8 pieces
8tablespoonsbutter or dairy free buttermelted and still warm
1large egg or flax egg1 tablespoon flax meal and 2 1/2 tablespoon water
Colored sugar for decoratingoptional
If using flax egg and you haven't already made it, mix 1 tablespoon flax meal with 2 1/2 tablespoon water and let sit 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside
In a large mixing bowl, add 1 1/4 cup sugar and cream cheese. Pour melted butter over the sugar and cream cheese and using the whisk attachment, whisk to combine. (some lumps in cream cheese may remain but will smooth out later).
Whisk in egg or flax egg and vanilla and combine until smooth.
Add flour mixture and using the paddle attachment or stirring by hand, mix dry and wet ingredients together until a soft dough forms.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll, Decorate and Bake
After 30 minutes, Preheat oven to 350 degree F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place 1/3 cup sugar into a shallow bowl.
Divide dough into 24* equal parts(about 1 1/2 tablespoon each).
Roll each portion into a ball.
One at a time, roll each ball in the bowl of sugar then place back on baking sheet.
Using the bottom of a measuring cup, gently press down each ball to be about 1/2 inch thick.
Sprinkle with colored sprinkles if using. And gently use the back of the measuring cup to tap down on sprinkles once or twice. This will help them set into the cookie.
Bake on the middle rack, one at a time if you have that option, for 10-12 minutes.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...