Amazing Gluten-Free Iced Sugar Cookies (Recipe)

gluten free iced sugar cookies

I am a very lucky girl.

My best friend Kelly is an amazing person who serves as my confidant (and, ahem, part time shrink), my shopping partner, and my co-conspirator to surviving life here in good ol’ suburbia. In addition to all of that, Kelly is a fantabulous baker. Now, I know you jaded Celiacs are thinking, “Bully for Kelly. Let her bake a ton of delicious delights that we can only drool over.” But, on the contrary, one of the reasons I am so lucky is Kelly bakes GLUTEN FREE for me!

And it’s oh so good.

Kelly’s brother in law and nephew happen to have Celiac Disease. So, when I was diagnosed, she was already familiar with gluten intolerance and the need to be gluten free. Since I am challenged in the kitchen, Kelly routinely takes pity on me and bakes mind blowing delights that you’d never know were sans gluten.

At the encouragement (prodding!) of many, my BFF (finally!) started selling her gorgeous cookies for parties, weddings, etc. They literally are almost too pretty to eat! Unfortunately for me, they come chock full of gluten, so I will refrain and just (sullenly) admire their prettiness. Hmf.

During one of our afternoon get togethers, I was ooh-ing over Kelly’s fresh-outta-the-oven batch of cookies when her son asked me if I wanted to eat one. I then explained to him that “Aunt Mo” can’t eat certain foods because it will make me sick. Blah, blah, blah – you’ve heard the story. Well, her darling son exclaims, “Mom, you’ve gotta make some cookies that Aunt Mo can eat!” Bless his little gluten eating heart.

It probably helped that I slipped him $20 to make that wondrous comment 🙂

A day later, Kelly arrives at my front door with a huge tray of sugar cookies! She altered her recipe to be gluten free and baked lil ol’ me a batch of the prettiest gluten free cookies EVER. I wanted to cry as I hadn’t had a sugar cookie for three years. Wow – it was like Christmas in July!!! So, after recovering from the fact that I had a tray full of gluten free cookies, I asked Kelly if she’d share her recipe for my blog. Her answer was a resounding “Yes! No one should have to live without baked goods!” Amen sista!

“Kelly’s Cookies” Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

3 cups gluten free flour
3/4 teaspoon xantham gum
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 sticks of butter

Cream together butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and xantham gum and then add to the creamed mixture. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and chill for about 10 minutes. Cut out in desired shapes and bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Check for doneness by the edges turning golden brown. Cool and decorate (Kelly used fondant as “icing” in the cookie pics posted) or just eat!

PS- No, she will not be your best friend. Back off Celiacs, she’s mine!! 🙂



Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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