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Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies

Gluten free drop sugar cookies are the easiest and laziest way of getting your homemade sugar cookie fix – no rolling or cookie cutters needed! They’re great for a party too.

Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies (dairy free) from @whattheforkblog |

Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies

These gluten free sugar cookies are almost exactly the same as my gluten free frosted sugar cookies and my gluten free conversation heart cookies. The base recipe itself is actually identical, but the cooking method is what makes them different.  There’s also a version that is made with almond flour and is grain free.  Erin from Meaningful Eats made these delicious Almond Flour Sugar Cookies!

But back to these gluten free sugar drop cookies: Instead of rolling them out and using cookie cutters to make the shapes, I just use a scoop (2 1/2 tablespoon) and drop them onto the cookie sheet and bake them like that.

I don’t even flatten them – I just bake them nice and rounded so they’re little domed clouds of sugar cookie heaven.

For frosting, I made a simple icing and just dipped the cookies right into it and then coated them with gluten free sprinkles. If you’d prefer frosting, you can frost them with the dairy free frosting that I shared with my original frosted sugar cookie recipe, or you could use your favorite frosting recipe.

Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies (dairy free) from @whattheforkblog |

Pro tip: These would also be great with my vegan chocolate frosting!

This gluten free drop sugar cookie kind of came about by accident. I originally intended on making these into waffle sugar cookies but the structure was just a little too delicate for the waffle maker. They cooked and crisped beautifully, just like I wanted but they were just a little too delicate to remove them from the waffle maker without breaking them.

Since I really didn’t feel like rolling them out (the extra step and work just was NOT appealing to me), I just scooped and baked like I would with my soft gingerbread sandwich cookies.

Best decision I could have made that day. These cookies were a huge hit with my husband. While he does enjoy sugar cookies, he’s doesn’t absolutely LOVE anything that doesn’t contain chocolate. When he couldn’t stop raving about these, I knew I had to share my lazy cookies with you, too. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies (dairy free) from @whattheforkblog |

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Gluten Free Drop Sugar Cookies (dairy free) - perfect for when you feel like sugar cookies but don't want all the extra work of rolling them out. Recipe from @whattheforkblog |

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  1. Carey says:

    I have everything but shortening. Can these be made with butter? Or would they spread too much? Thanks!

  2. Kerry says:

    These look delicious! Question: If my gluten free flour already contains xanthan gum, can I omit the additional xanthan noted in the recipe?

  3. Sarah says:

    I LOVE, like really love, sugar cookies. these drop sugar cookies look so easy and so adorable!

  4. Debra A Attinella says:

    Awww. these look so cute and I bet taste amazing!

  5. Mary says:

    Beautiful cookies! Has anyone made them without eggs?

  6. Oh my goodness!! I am so excited about these! My kids are going to love them! 🙂

  7. Such cute cookies. It is nice to know there are alternatives GF sugar cookies.

  8. Florentina says:

    I could go for about 5 of those right now. With the sprinkles and all hehe

  9. Lacy says:

    These are perfect! I often avoid making sugar cookies because I’m too lazy to roll them out. I can’t wait to try these. And your conversation heart cookies are adorable!

  10. I’m excited to try these! So many of our friends and family are gluten free anymore! It’s great to have more options!

  11. Oh little round sprinkles…how I love you so!

  12. Raia says:

    Oooh, my kids are going to go crazy over these! They look perfect, and I love that you don’t have to roll them out. 🙂

  13. These are too cute! Sprinkles make everything so fun!

  14. I love how easy these are and that you don’t have to roll them out!

  15. Alexa says:

    I’m with Megan on drop cookies. So much easier and oddly these look more tantalizing. I bet the insides stay more moist and tender. MMMMM… What flour do you prefer?

  16. Megan says:

    That’s so smart! Rolling sugar cookies is one of my least fav things to do.

  17. Easy and lazy GF cookies?!? I’m in! These look amazing! Girl…. I am in! Yum!