This is a really quick and easy gluten free lemon cookies recipe that will please everyone! My gluten free lemon cookies are really , soft, chewy, and sooo yummy. You can easily leave these cookies as they are and eat them straight out of the oven, or you can make a simple lemon glaze and drizzle that over the top.
Ingredients you’ll need for Gluten Free Lemon Cookies
It’s best to use real lemon juice for this recipe rather than bottled, plus you really don’t want to skip the lemon zest in the recipe as it really is integral to making a really great lemon cookie flavor. Here’s a short list of some of the ingredients you’ll need to make gluten free lemon cookies, the full recipe is at the end of the post. This post contains Amazon affiliate links
- All purpose gluten free flour
- Xanthan gum
- butter, or dairy free margarine
- White sugar
- Lemon zest
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Gluten Free Lemon Cookies
You will need a quality gluten free flour to make these lemon cookies. I prefer to make my own gluten free flour blend, but if you don’t want to do that you can use a quality ready made gluten free flour such as King Arthur’s Gluten Free flour.
I do not recommend blends that have bean flour, they simply don’t taste good, also remember to omit the xanthan gum if your blend already has it. Here’s a couple simple step by step directions, you’ll find the printable recipe at the end of the post.
- Preheat your oven to 325F
- Cream the butter and sugar together until soft. I used dairy free margarine and it’s pretty soft already so I didn’t need to mix it for long.
- Then, Add egg, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice to the butter and sugar and mix it to combine.
- In another bowl mix the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, and baking powder and whisk it a little to mix.
- Now you just need to add the flour to the butter mixture and mix together until it’s combined well.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop tablespoons of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet or sheet pan. Flatten the cookies a little with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done. You can dust with a little icing sugar, or glaze with some lemon icing when they are cooled.
How to make a Lemon Glaze
Making a lemon glaze for your gluten free lemon cookies is the easiest thing in the world! Here’s what you need:
- Powdered sugar – 1 cup
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
All you need to do is mix the lemon juice together with the powdered sugar, it will make a thin runny glaze with a wonderful flavor! Then all you need to do is put your lemon cookies onto some parchment (for easy clean up) and drizzle it over the top of the cookies.
More Gluten-Free Baking Recipes you’ll Love!
I have several more gluten free cookie recipes here that you won’t want to miss! If you need a couple of Christmas Cookie decorating ideas then you’ll need to check out how tutorial on how to decorate Christmas Cookies with Royal icing for my fabulous Christmas Tree Cookies, and my other Cookie Decorating Tutorial for Hat and Mitten Christmas Cookies.
Gluten Free Lemon Cookies
Finally a gluten Lemon sugar cookie you'll love! has a lovely tangy sweet taste with real lemon juice and zest
- 1.5 cups all purpose gluten free flour 225g
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your flour has gum added
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or dairy free margarine 110g
- 1 cup sugar 225g
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp salt omit if your butter or margarine has added salt
- 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
*PLEASE READ NOTES FIRST!* then preheat your oven to 325F.
- Cream butter (or dairy free margarine) and sugar together until well combined.
- Add egg, salt,(omit salt if your butter/margarine has salt) vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice to the mixture and mix briefly to combine.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt, you want to make sure the gum is evenly distributed.
- Add the flour slowly to the butter and sugar and mix together, don't forget to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and make sure it's all incorporated.
- Chill cookie dough for at least 30 minutes or until it firms up a bit.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Flatten each cookie with the your hand to about 1/4th to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake the gluten free lemon cookies for 12 -15 minutes.
- Allow the lemon cookies to cool a little before transferring from baking sheet onto a cooling rack.
- You can dust the cookies with powdered sugar or drizzle a little lemon glaze on them.
- Cookies are best eaten fresh within a day or two, you can freeze them.
MAKE LEMON GLAZE
- Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice, it will have a runny consistency.
- drizzle the lemon glaze over fully cooled cookies and let them sit for the glaze to set.
BAKE BY WEIGHT
I bake by weight with a digital kitchen scale as I find that gives the most consistent results for gluten free baking, not all gluten free flour blends weigh the same due to the different flours. I also have cup measure for those that don't yet have a scale.
GLUTEN FREE FLOUR
I prefer to use my own homemade gluten free flour blend as it's cheaper and I get really great results over using ready mixed blends.