Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Recipes

Make Decorative and Delicious Sugar Cookies Gluten-Free

Are you looking for sugar cookies you can enjoy and still eat gluten-free? Here are five recipes you can use to make them in several variations.

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    Blue and White Snowflake Sugar Cookies
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    Kids decorate the most beautiful gluten-free sugar cookies of all! This recipe is easy to work with and makes lots of delicious, buttery holiday cookies. If they turn out too pretty to eat, go right ahead and use them for decorations on the Christmas tree or string them in garlands to go around the house. But you'll want to eat them or take them to your cookie exchange, especially for those who need to eat gluten-free.

    This recipe uses gluten-free all purpose baking flour, tapioca flour or...MORE potato starch, gluten-free powdered sugar, and guar gum or xanthan gum. The icing is also specially formulated to be gluten-free, again using the gluten-free powdered sugar.

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    Gluten-Free Refrigerator Sugar Cookies. 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

    The cookie dough for Gluten-Free Refrigerator Sugar Cookies can be made ahead and frozen, making this one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes. When you're ready to bake, you simply cut the dough into slices and bake them. You can then top them with a gluten-free glaze or icing and decorate them if you wish. This recipe is from the Soyfoods Council and uses soy flour and soy oil.

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    Gluten-Free Vanilla Wafers. Image - 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Gluten-free vanilla wafers are easy to make and buttery good. This simple recipe calls for basic ingredients and basic baking techniques, a great gluten-free recipe when you need a batch of good ​gf cookies without fuss. It uses gluten-free all purpose flour mix.

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    Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Mix

    Gluten-Free Refrigerator Sugar Cookie Mix. 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Do you get tired of assembling all of the ingredients for cookies each time? You can make up your own batch of cookie mix so you'll only have to add the wet ingredients next time you want to bake a batch. Then you can whip up a batch of fast and easy, buttery crisp gluten-free cookies on short notice.

    A jar of this delicious mix makes a terrific gift for gluten-free family and friends. You can place it in a jar, plastic storage container, or plastic bag. Decorate it appropriately and attach...MORE the printed recipe instructions on how to make cookies from the mix. It's even nicer to use a cookie cutter as the gift tag. The mix requires brown rice flour, arrowroot starch or cornstarch, tapioca starch, guar gum and a few other ingredients.

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    Gluten-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies

    Gluten-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies. 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

    Gluten-free lemon sugar cookies are fragrant, thin, buttery tender Christmas cookies and a Santa favorite! This recipe is made with amaranth, one of the super nutritious "ancient" gluten-free grains. You can mix the ingredients in a food processor to form the dough. Then you will refrigerate it for at least an hour before rolling and cutting out the cookies. You can use a simple cutout design or use fancier cookie cutters to make fun, seasonal designs for any holiday. It's fun to get...MORE the kids involved in the cookie cutting process. Once baked, you can enjoy them as-is for their lemony goodness, or you might want to frost them and add decorations or sprinkles.