The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe Gluten-Free

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gluten-free sugar cookies with icing

Looking for a tasty, non-crumbly gluten-free sugar cookie recipe? These cookies are super easy to make & delicious with or without icing. Gluten-free cookies never tasted so good. Read on and get baking!

Ahhh gluten-free sugar cookies. Kind of hit or miss. I’ve munched on a few that have a strange, metallic aftertaste. Not enjoyable… So when my friend Kelly created a gluten-free sugar cookie recipe that put gluten-filled sugar cookies to shame, I knew I had to share it with my Hold the Gluten family.

Long story short, Kelly is a fabulous 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.” On the contrary, Kelly bakes GLUTEN-FREE for me! And it’s oh so good.

Kelly’s brother-in-law and nephew have Celiac Disease. So, when I was diagnosed, she was already familiar with gluten intolerance and the need to be gluten-free.

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 exclaimed, “You gotta make some cookies that Aunt Mo can eat!

A day later, Kelly arrives at my front door with a huge tray of gluten-free sugar cookies! I wanted to cry as I hadn’t had a sugar cookie in years. I asked Kelly if she’d share her recipe for my website. Her answer was a resounding “Yes! No one should have to live without baked goods!” Amen sista!

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

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

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 or just eat! Check out Amy at House of Nash Eats for a simple, step-by-step Royal Icing recipe. Fondant is a fun icing alternative.

gluten-free easter sugar cookies iced and decorated

This recipe is perfect for gluten-free Easter cookies, Valentine's Day, or Christmas (or whatever holiday you fancy a little cookie action).

What's your favorite gluten-free cookie recipe? Are you a fan of the traditional chocolate chip, nostalgic thumbprint, or fancy pinwheel cookie? Share your cookie cravings with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below!

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Maureen

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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