These sugar cookies are easy to make and best of all absolutely delicious! You truly would not be able to tell they were gluten-free without being told. They’re seriously the best gluten-free sugar cookies!
It was recently Valentine’s Day, and while it would’ve been nice to actually get this recipe out before the holiday, it just wasn’t gonna happen. Mostly because I actually had no intention of making anything sweet for Valentine’s Day, I was just going to do a nice dinner.
But at 3pm on the day before V-Day, I realized I didn’t have enough bags of mini VD popcorn to go around for both of my sons’ classes. Not to be confused with venereal disease. Valentine’s Day, people. VD. So I ran to Whole Foods to buy more popcorn and lucky me – they were completely out of the cute little pink holiday bags.
Which meant one son would go with enough popcorn for his class, and for the other I was forced to make something. I figured cookies would be easy enough, and I had perfected this recipe over the holidays. I used this regular glutenous sugar cookie recipe which I’m sure is incredible for you gluten-eaters! I just adapted it to make it gluten-free.
The BEST 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour
You guys. I have been gluten-free for over ten years. I am celiac. I know my shit when it comes to gluten-free food. Dare I say I am an expert. And dare I say that Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 flour is the BEST, most incredible flour for gluten-free baking. You can literally use it in any recipe that calls for glutenous flour and have a VERY similar result.
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Tips for making the best gluten-free sugar cookies:
- I like to mix all the wet ingredients before the dry ingredients, makes for better consistency.
- Bake on parchment paper to ensure the cookies don’t stick.
- Use superfine sugar in the cookie dough. This is not the time for a thicker sugar. We want a fine grain.
- To use cut out shapes with these cookies, just refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes beforehand so it holds its shape better.
Tips for making this recipe healthier:
- Listen, this is a sugar cookie recipe. It’s not a smoothie, steak or a salad. Let’s be okay with the fact that it’s healthiER and don’t stress about eating a cookie!
- There’s a trick to eating sweets. Basically, one of my big issues with sweets is that they spike the blood sugar, which we want to avoid. So instead of eating a random cookie, it’s best to eat the cookie after a meal that includes protein, fat and fiber. Consuming these beforehand will blunt a blood sugar spike. Bonus points if you have a little vinegar in your meal or drink before eating the cookie!
- Let’s also acknowledge that these cookies are gluten-free, made with real butter, real ingredients and real sugar. I don’t fuck with fake sugars. That’s a huge win in my cookie book.
- Please, please, please if using food dye, don’t use one with synthetic and toxic chemicals like red dye #40! Our kids do NOT need that. Especially because it negatively impacts the brain. This India Tree food coloring is a good option.
Ingredients necessary for this recipe:
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour (I have not experimented with any other flour for this recipe)
- Super fine sugar (remember, not a thicker grain)
- Eggs, preferably pasture raised
- Real butter, no margarine here! I love Kerrygold
- Baking soda
How to make the best gluten-free sugar cookies:
- Melt the butter
- Once it has cooled a bit, add the egg and vanilla and combine.
- Next add the sugar, stir.
- Next add the flour and baking soda.
- Form a dough.
- Roll into balls and flatten a bit with your hands or refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes to cut into shapes.
- Bake on 350 for about 12 minutes.
Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend. It is the best I’ve ever tried!
As a nutritionist, yes. Even if you’re not gluten intolerant, modern day gluten is naturally high in gluten proteins and therefore more inflammatory and difficult to digest.
Going gluten-free to improve anxiety symptoms has proven to be beneficial in multiple studies, as the protein in gluten can disrupt the gut and cause inflammation – both of which affect the brain.
The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
- 2 and 1/4 cup Bob's Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 sticks butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food coloring, if using
- Melt the butter in a bowl.
- Once cooled, add the egg. Don't cook the egg!
- Add the sugar.
- Add the flour, baking soda and vanilla.
- Mix into a dough.
- Form into balls and then pat down a bit before baking.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Mix one stick of soft butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar.
- Add tsp of vanilla.
- Add food coloring if using.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add onto cooled cookies!