Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Recipe

Yields: About 24 cookies, depending on size
Prep time: 15 minutes + chilling time
Cook time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free flour blend: 2 ½ cups (use a quality blend with xanthan gum included; if not, add 1 teaspoon)
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter: 1 cup (2 sticks), softened at room temperature
  • Granulated sugar: 1 cup
  • Large eggs: 2
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon

Equipment:

  • Large and medium bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer (stand or handheld)
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters (optional)
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper or silicone mats
  • Wire cooling rack

Instructions

Make the Dough:

  • Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cream butter and sugar: In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Add eggs and vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Mix in dry ingredients: Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  • Chill the dough: Divide the dough in half, shape into discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).

Roll, Cut, and Bake:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Roll the dough: On a lightly floured surface (use gluten-free flour), roll out one chilled dough disc to ¼-inch thickness. If the dough becomes too soft, pop it back in the fridge for a few minutes.
  • Cut out cookies: Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, use a glass to create circles.
  • Transfer to baking sheets: Carefully place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  • Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
  • Cool: Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorating (Optional):

  • Royal icing: Decorate with your favorite royal icing recipe.
  • Sprinkles & sugars: Add sprinkles before baking or decorate with colored sugars.
  • Simple glaze: Mix powdered sugar with a little milk or lemon juice for an easy glaze.

Tips

  • Room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature butter, eggs, and vanilla will help your ingredients form the perfect batter.
  • Chilling time: Chilling prevents the cookies from spreading too much and helps them hold their shape.
  • Don’t overbake: Check your cookies early to make sure they don’t become too hard.

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