Gluten free Sugar Cookies Recipe

from the cookbook “Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids” by Sheri L. Sanderson.

Gluten free baked goods are DIFFICULT, anyway–but rolled cookies? Even harder, as it is gluten protein that generally “holds things together”in baked goods. This is the best recipe I have found, so despite there being (gasp!) trans fat shortening in it, it’s a keeper. That 1/3 cup isn’t going to harm much, plus it helps them stay together and taste soft like “real” sugar cookies do…besides our boys cover cookies in thick frosting and 47 shakes of the candy sprinkles jar. When it comes to holiday baking, we were in the “unhealthy” range long before the Food Cops discovered that Crisco was made out of demon sweat…


1/3 c. margarine or butter (I use butter)

1/3 c. shortening

1 c. rice flour

1 t. xanthan gum

1 t. unflavored gelatin (I buy Knox packets)

1 egg

3/4 c. sugar

1 T. milk or milk substitute

2 t. baking powder

1 t. vanilla

1/4 t. salt

1/2 c. tapioca flour

1/2 c. potato starch

(I buy xanthan gum, potato starch, rice flour and tapioca flour and MORE through Bobs Red Mill, online…low prices, fresh ingredients and fast shipping! Just don’t bother with their GF flour mix, unless you LIKE garbanzo bean flour-blech!)

1. Beat margarine and shortening together until creamy and WELL combined.

2. Add rice flour, xanthan gum, gelatin, egg, sugar, milk, b. powder, vanilla and salt. Beat thoroughly until combined.

3. Add tapioca flour and potato starch flour last, mix thoroughly.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 3 hrs, (or overnight.)

5. Divide dough in 2. Keep 1/2 in fridge while you roll out the other.

6. Use rice flour on your surface, and roll out to 1/8 in thick. Cut and place on ungreased cookie sheets. If the dough gets sticky, chill again.

7. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes, or until edges are firm and the bottoms are VERY lightly browned. Watch close! They are easily overbaked. Cool on wire rack.

AND A BIG SHOUT OUT TO GRANDMA CLAUDIA! Every year, she does the “frost and decorate” cookie party with the boys. They love it, she loves it and I LOVE NOT HAVING TO DO IT ANYMORE (grin). The boys are taking plain cookies over tonight to decorate with her (I only frosted a few for the little party I am having for our Co-op Moms)

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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