This easy, no-chill recipe for Gluten Free Frosted Sugar Cookies is a must-make. They’re great for holidays, birthdays, or any time you’re looking for a sweet treat.
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Photos Updated October 2019
Baking cookies have always been a big part of my family’s holiday tradition. Cookies after cookies, fudge after batch of fudge, and gingerbread house after gingerbread house. It was a labor of love that was more than appreciated by everybody on the receiving end and these gluten free soft frosted sugar cookies are always a hit.
Kelsey adores frosted sugar cookies and has ever since she first started making them with my mom and dad for Easter a couple years ago. My mom has a bunny cookie mold that she uses for the cookies, they’re fabulous and so bunny-cute.
This year, I switched up our recipe a bit to make dairy free sugar cookies so Kelsey can still enjoy them (she’s lactose intolerant). While I kept the shapes simple with cut out circles and trees, these sugar cookies were an easy to make and we had fun decorating and eating them!
To keep things even easier, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour in this gluten free sugar cookie recipe. This gluten free flour blend is easy to work with and the cookies came out great! This is definitely a flour that I always have on hand.
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Key Ingredients for Gluten Free Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Gluten Free Flour with Xanthan Gum – I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour in this recipe but if you have a different blend that would work fine too. Just make sure it has xanthan gum included.
- Pure Vanilla Extract – This is a super simple sugar cookie dough and it gets all of it’s flavor from the vanilla extract. Don’t skimp on it or your cookies will be bland.
- Shortening – I use Nutiva Shortening in just about all my recipes that call for shortening. It has better flavor than Crisco and works just as well, if not better.
- Vegan Butter – I swear by a 50:50 blend of “vegan butter” and shortening to make dairy free buttercream. It’s soft enough to spread and pipe but not so soft that it won’t hold its shape. My go-to vegan butter is Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread but you can use your favorite plant based butter.
Equipment Needed to Make Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
- Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer – either will work. I highly suggest using one because this is a pretty stiff dough and will be hard to mix by hand.
- Rolling Pin – My favorite kind of rolling pin is a tapered rolling pin or French rolling pin.
- Cookie Cutters – Use whatever shape you want for any holiday or occasion. Keep in mind, the size of your cookie cutters will determine how many cookies you get out of this recipe.
- Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mats – I always line my baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat Silicone Baking Mats when baking cookies.
- Cookie Sheet – My go-to baking pans are Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pans. They’re fantastic for cookies and basically anything that doesn’t require a specialty pan!
How to Make Frosted Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
Step 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and creamy. Mix in the egg and the vanilla extract until incorporated.
Step 3. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until completely combined. The dough should be slightly firm but still pliable – not sticky, and not too stiff.
Step 4. Turn half of the the dough out onto floured parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and roll out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Repeat with the remaining dough. Dough scraps can be re-rolled.
Step 5. Bake 8-10 minutes (mine were done in 9 but it will depend on the size of your cookie cutters and thickness of your dough). Cool cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
Step 6. Make the frosting and frost your cookies as desired and decorate with gluten free sprinkles.
Tips for Making this Apple Muffin Recipe
- This recipe is great for holiday shaped gluten free cut out sugar cookies. I use this same gluten free sugar cookie recipe for my Gluten Free Mummy Cookies and Conversation Heart Cookies.
- Instead of using the dairy free vanilla buttercream included in this recipe, you can decorate them with royal icing to fit any holiday or theme.
- If you don’t need a dairy free frosting, feel free to use my regular Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe.
Other Gluten Free Cookies to Try:
- Bakery Style Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Gluten Free Oreo Truffles
- Chocolate Crust Gluten Free Magic Cookie Bars
- Gluten Free Almond Crescents
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For the Cookies:
- 1 cup shortening (I use Nutiva shortening)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, cold
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the Frosting:
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance Soy Free)
- 1/2 cup Nutiva shortening
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk beverage
- food coloring, optional
- gluten free sprinkles, optional
To make the Cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in the egg and the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour and salt and mix on low speed until completely incorporated. The dough should be slightly firm but still pliable - not sticky, and not too stiff.
- Turn half of the the dough out onto floured parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and roll out until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Use desired cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Repeat with the remaining dough. Dough scraps can be re-rolled.
- Transfer the cookies (carefully) to the prepared baking pans and bake 8-10 minutes (mine were done in 9 but it will depend on the size of your cookie cutters and thickness of your dough). Cool cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.
- **Important: when re-rolling the dough to cut additional cookies, lightly sprinkle the parchment paper with flour ONLY AS NEEDED (you may not need to add more).
- Bake cookies in batches if necessary. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the Frosting:
- Add the shortening, vegan butter, and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated. Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for 1 minute. Mix in the vanilla extract and milk and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy, about 1 minute or less. Mix in food coloring if using.
- Frost the cookies and top with sprinkles. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- The dough does not need to be chilled before rolling or baking. The shortening works really well in the cookies and they don't spread out while baking. I have not tested this recipe with butter, which may require chilling time for the cookies to keep their shape.
- If baking the cookies in batches, you may keep the cut out cookies refrigerated if desired.
- I used 2 drops of Americolor Gel Food Coloring in Fuchsia to make the pink frosting.
- This recipe was updated on 11/13/16 - these cookies are an even better version which omitted one egg and the baking powder with easier to follow directions.
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KitchenAid 5-Qt. Stand Mixer
If You Care FSC Certified Parchment Baking Paper
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
Wilton 417-2581 6-Piece Nesting Fondant Double Sided Cut Out Cutters, Round
Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, .75-Ounce, Fuchsia Pink
Ateco Offset Spatula
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 302 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 161mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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