Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Posted on Feb 14 2014 - 12:43pm by Alexa B (Kat Biggie)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I had intended on getting this post out yesterday, but 3 snow days in a row put a cramp in my style! Actually, we got a ton of stuff done, including making these GF Valentine’s Day cookies. Of course, you can use the recipe for any holiday, or just make plain sugar cookies.

gluten free sugar cookies

I knew that I wanted to make some fun sugar cookies but I also wanted to experiment with the gluten free flours. I did a google search and found what looked to be a good recipe at the Minimalist Baker (and by the way, she has a great looking pancake recipe too!) but I didn’t have all of the flours she used. So I hopped on over to the Gluten Free Goddess, since I know she uses the flours that I have on hand, and used her flour combo for her chocolate chip cookie recipe. 1 cup sorgham flour, 3/4 cup potato starch, 1/2 c. almond flour (which I substituted millet flour because I didn’t have almond, but I think almond would probably be better!), and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.

I hopped back over to the GF sugar cookie recipe at Minimalist Baker and used the flour combo above (doubled) as a substitute for her flour in the cookie recipe, and made my own recipe with hers as a guide. I made a few substitutions to reduce sugar (used less sugar and substituted in some agave) and I used almond milk rather than regular milk.

You can find the whole list of ingredients in the recipe box below.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Step 1:

Make your gluten free flour mix (or use an all purpose gluten free flour.) I used 3 c of sorgham flour, 2 1/4 c of potato starch, and 2 cup of almond flour and 1.5 tsp xanthan gum. ( I made a double batch so that I could store another mix for later.



Step 2:Cream the butter, sugar, agave, egg, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.


 Step 3: Alternate between adding the milk and the flour mix slowly and blend until it is a good stiff dough. Make sure to scrape the sides if necessary.

Step 4: chill the dough for 3 hours or overnight.

Step 5: Preheat oven to 375

Step 6: Two choices. For traditional sugar cookies, drop by the spoonful onto the greased sheets and bake for 7-10 minutes.

OR if you are making a holiday cookie, spread some gluten free flour on a bakers mat or on your counter and press out, using your hands. Place the dough in the center and flatten the dough down with your hands. You may need to wet your hands or use some extra flour to keep it from sticking. You can try to roll it out with a pin, but it is really sticky, so this was counter productive! So, press it down to about 1/4-1/2 inch and use your cookie cutter. I had to be very careful and slow in removing the dough. I finally figured out it was best to tear the excess dough off while the cookie cutter was still in place.




Step 7: Place on the sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes and immediately cool on a rack.


You can see how some of the thinner ones were a little more difficult to keep the shape, so I started making them a bit thicker.

Step 8: Frost.

Easy frosting – milk, a little butter, a tsp or so of vanilla, and powdered sugar. Put about 1/3 c milk, butter and vanilla and then add and add and add the confectioners sugar, stirring all the while, until you have the right consistency. It is probably 2 cups of sugar, depending on how much milk you put in. Or use a store bought frosting! :-) Add food coloring.



gluten free sugar cookies

And, if you doubled the flour, you can put away half of the flour for another time!

GF cookie flour


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Kat Biggie:
Recipe type: Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. agave
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups GF flour mix (or sub an all purpose GF flour and add ¼ tsp xanthan gum if it is not in the mix)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  1. Combine your butter, sugars or sugar substitutes (I combined sugar and agave to reduce the overall sugar content, and the agave helps bind the flour), and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cream these ingredients.
  3. Pour in about ⅓ of the milk and slowly alternate adding the milk and the flour. Be sure to scrape down sides. You'll want to mix until it is a thick dough.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of three hours.
  5. Once chilled, preheat oven to 375.
  6. Here you have an option. If you don't want any special shape, drop the dough by the spoonful onto a greased sheet and bake 7-10 minutes.
  7. If you want to make a shape for a holiday, sprinkle a bakers mat or your counter with some GF flour. See additional notes in post.
  8. Immediately transfer to a cooling rack. Cool.
  9. Frost if you'd like.

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Alexa B, who blogs as "Kat Biggie" is a wife, mother, and writer. She has three children and one in heaven. She recently self published a book entitled "Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother" which is available on Amazon. She blogs about life after the loss of one of her twin daughters to TTTS, motherhood, all things parenting, advocacy, grief support and social good.

15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lady Jennie
    February 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    They’re perfect! I’m pinning this!
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    • katbiggie
      February 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you!! I appreciate that coming from a fellow GF cook!

  2. Janine Huldie
    February 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I just totally pinned these to try soon. Thank you so much fro sharing and I hear you on the snow days, we had another one yesterday and are expecting more snow tomorrow night, too. Crazy. But Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!! :)
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    • katbiggie
      February 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      And monday and tuesday were already scheduled days off, so the kids will be out 8 days straight! I’m hoping the weather is nice Mon and Tuesday… think we need a zoo trip or something!

  3. All Talk Entertainment
    February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Awwww, aren’t you a sweet mommy. Those look good and I’m sure the kids enjoyed them.
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  4. The Dose of Reality
    February 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Yum…and they are SO DARN CUTE!! I’m definitely pinning this one! It’s always a bonus to find a delicious gluten free recipe! Yay!! –Lisa
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  5. Tamara
    February 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    We’re not gluten-free in our household, but SO many of our friends are. So we are no strangers to almond flour. Pretty much anything heart-shaped and with icing looks good to me.
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  6. AnnMarie
    February 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    These look delicious! I should try this and stop taking the easy way out with the break-away chocolate chip cookies. :)
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  7. myrah - Coupon Mamacita
    February 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    OMG! NOw I want some cookies! THose look so delicious! Visiting from SITS.
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  8. another jennifer
    February 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Looks like a fun way to spend a snow day!
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  9. Chris Carter
    February 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Brilliant!! I am so totally impressed with how much it takes to make these cookies. They look amazing!! Will pin and share for all my gluten free moms!!!
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    • katbiggie
      February 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chris! I appreciate that. It looks a lot harder than it was!

  10. Angela Gilmore
    February 17, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    These look so good! I want to try them, I’ve never made GF cookies, but it’s on my list of things to try this year.

  11. Shannon Gosney
    February 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    These look and sound delicious! Nice to meet you. #SITSBlogging
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    • katbiggie
      February 18, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Thank you for your visit!

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