The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe Gluten-Free

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gluten-free sugar cookies with icing

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

My friend 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.” 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! She altered her recipe to be gluten-free and baked me a batch of the prettiest gluten-free cookies EVER. 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 blog. Her answer was a resounding “Yes! No one should have to live without baked goods!” Amen sista!

Sugar Cookie Recipe Gluten-Free

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 or just eat! Fondant is a fun icing alternative.

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 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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