If you’ve been looking for a tasty easy gluten free sugar cookies recipe but didn’t know where to start then we’ve got you covered! This recipe is simple enough for those who are new to gluten free baking to try complete with a step by step guide and some gluten free baking tips you can’t go wrong!
Ingredients and Equipment for Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make them, though I do love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for all my gluten free baking, but you can make them with a hand held mixer too.
This is a list of the equipment you’ll need and some of the ingredients, the full ingredients list and recipe directions are at the end of the post: (This post contains affiliate links)
- Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I love my Kitchen Aid!
- Hand Held Mixer – this is a much cheaper option than a stand mixer
- Pre Cut Parchment Sheets – I always have a box of these in my pantry, so much easier when you’re batch baking cookies.
- Cookie Scoop – I just got this and it makes transferring the cookie dough and getting even sized cookies so much easier!
- Gluten Free Flour – I prefer to use my own Gluten Free Flour Mix for this, but I’ve also make them with Pamela’s Artisan Blend.
- Almond Extract
- Vanilla Extract
- Xanthan Gum – if you use Pamela’s Artisan Blend or a similar flour blend with gum already added you can omit this.
How to make Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
This recipe is very easy to make so here’s my step by step guide for baking gluten free sugar cookies. You’ll find the complete printable recipe at the end of the post.
Step 1 – Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy, this will help aerate the cookie dough.
Step 2 – Then, add egg, vanilla, almond extract to the butter and sugar mixture and and whisk to combine.
Step 3 – In another bowl mix the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, and baking powder and whisk it a little to mix them properly. Now you just need to add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and mix together until it’s combined well.
Step 4 – Use a cookie scoop to drop tablespoons of cookie dough into a little bowl of sugar, then place them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet or sheet pan and flatten the cookies a little with your fingertips.
Step 5 – Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done, they will get a little crunchier the longer you cook them.
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Finally a gluten free sugar cookie you'll love! Rolled in sugar, they are soft and crisp all at the same time!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or dairy free margarine 110g
- 1 cup sugar 225g + more to roll cookie dough in
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp salt omit if your butter or margarine has added salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract optional
- 1.5 cups all purpose gluten free flour 225g
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your flour has gum
- 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
Preheat your oven to 325F
Cream butter and sugar together and beat for 5 minutes until soft and fluffy. This will help incorporate air into the cookies so don't skip this step
Add egg, salt,(omit salt if your butter/margarine has salt added) vanilla, almond extract, to the mixture and mix briefly to combine.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and mix to make sure the gum is evenly distributed.
Add the flour slowly to the butter and sugar and mix well, 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.
Use a cookie scoop to drop tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough into a small bowl of sugar and roll it to coat, then put the cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Flatten each cookie with your hand to about 1/4th to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake the gluten free sugar cookies for 12 -15 minutes.
Allow the gluten free sugar cookies to cool a little on the cookie sheet before transferring onto a cooling rack.
These Cookies are best eaten fresh within a day or two, you can freeze them.
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.