Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cut-out sugar cookies are one of life’s great pleasures that no one should have to go without. That’s why I created a vegan, gluten free cut-out sugar cookie recipe that makes it easy for everyone to celebrate with cookies at the holidays … or anytime!

When I finally succeeded in developing a gluten free cut-out sugar cookie recipe that could also be made free from soy, dairy and eggs (it’s already nut-free), was pliable and easy to roll and cut out, baked up soft and chewy or crunchy and crispy if baked longer AND allowed me to eat the eggless cookie dough with reckless abandon, I knew I was in trouble! 

I had not only created a great cookie recipe that nearly everyone could enjoy, I had made it too darn easy for me to eat the cookie dough!

gluten free cut-out cookie mix valentines hearts

gluten free cut-out cookie mix valentines hearts



AND, the dough is soft and pliable, making it easy for little hands to make cookies all by themselves! Just roll the dough up after they cut out their cookies and roll it out again! It actually makes baking gluten free cookies FUN again!

kids making gluten free cut-out sugar cookies

It may go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: you can’t hide a bad gluten free flour in a sugar cookie.

gluten free cut out sugar cookie valentines-cookie-plateSugar cookies are light and delicate tasting, and they’re supposed to be sweet and buttery in your mouth. Make ’em with a bean flour or brown-rice flour, and they’ll be gritty and nasty and anything but buttery and light. So don’t. This is YOUR FOOD we’re talking about! You and your family deserve to eat the best!

That’s one reason why I often sample these gluten free cut out sugar cookies at gluten free shows and expos. It’s a great way for people to taste just how different my award-winning gfJules Flour and my gfJules Cut Out Cookie Mix really are! Clean, light, not gritty and so good you’ll definitely want another!

This is a recipe I know you and your family will enjoy at every festive season or for no reason at all, except to have awesome cookies! My family makes gluten free cut-out sugar cookies in December, of course, but we also make them for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, July 4, Halloween, Thanksgiving … you getting inspired yet? 

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Enjoy this recipe with your family on any occasion!

gfJules gluten free sugar cookie mixFor an even simpler recipe, just use my gfJules Sugar Cut-Out Cookie Mix! Grab some heart-shaped cookie cutters or gingerbread family cutters while you’re at it! (Or maybe ugly sweater and winter cutters are more your style?)

With a yummy, resilient gluten free dough like this one, there’s no end to the creative possibilities!

*Note: I include many different egg replacement recipes in Free for All Cooking, but I also note that applesauce or Ener-G brand egg replacer works really well in cookies. If your family avoids eggs, this product should be in your cupboard! I don’t choose it for every type of recipe, but it does work really nicely in cookies. If you can use eggs, obviously, feel free to use the egg called for in this recipe instead.

Also, if you are looking for a refined-sugar-free version of this recipe, try coconut palm sugar, pulsed in a food processor or blender until fine and smooth.


And while we’re talking holiday cookie recipes, you’ll definitely also want to check out: Gluten Free Italian Taralli CookiesGluten Free Candy Cane Cookies; and Gluten Free Italian Taralli Cookies! And don’t forget to check out our annual Gluten Free Cookie Swap for more recipes and prizes!

gluten free cut-out cookie mix valentines hearts

Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 3 dozen cookies, depending on size
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

A delicious cut out sugar cookie is something no one should have to go without. Which is why this gluten free cut out sugar cookie is such a treasure! Many people say these taste even better than the wheat flour version!


  • 1/2 cup vegetable or palm oil shortening
  • 1 cup granulated cane sugar or palm sugar (see note above)
  • 1 egg or egg substitute (e.g. Ener-G Egg® Replacer OR 1/4 cup natural applesauce)
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Gluten-free sprinkles or colored sugar (optional)


Cream shortening and sugar until very fluffy - several minutes at high speed of the mixer.

Add egg (or egg replacer), vanilla extract, milk, and food coloring, beating until integrated. Add the dry ingredients last, mixing until evenly blended.

Form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap to make the dough less sticky. Refrigerate or freeze until cold and no longer sticky, at least 2 hours. (Note: you may roll the dough out immediately without refrigerating, but if you find the dough too sticky, refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 375ºF (static) or 350ºF (convection).

Lightly flour the rolling surface, rolling pin and cookie cutters with gfJules™ Flour. Roll the dough to approximately 1/8-inch thickness and cut shapes, re-rolling dough to utilize all the dough.

Place cut-out cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired.

Bake approximately 6–8 minutes, but remove before they begin to brown at the edges; make sure to err on the side of cooking less if you want them to remain soft and chewy.

Once completely cooled, frost with Easy Cookie Icing, if desired.

Store in tupperware-type containers or freeze to keep for longer.


To make spider webs, ice cookies with white, then draw circles with black icing. Using a toothpick, pull through the black circles from the center out to create the web design.

This gluten free cut out cookie cookie recipe (or my gluten free cut out cookie mix) is so fun any time of year.

I hope you pin it and save it for all kinds of special cookie-baking occasions!

Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookies | gfJules


Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

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The BEST soft gluten free sugar cookies - this super easy recipe makes soft, pliable dough, even the kids can make these cookies! Dairy-Free & Vegan options too! gfJules
gluten free sugar cut out cookies - vegan, too!

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123 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. I am 12 and this is my first time trying to make anything homemade with your flour. My mother found this flour and we decided to try it out. This flour is an amazing miracle that came to us in the time we needed it. You have made me and my family soo happy. Thank you! Because of my Celiac disease I have not had a decent cookie in years, so I was a little scared to try this recipe. I came in with little hope but came out with 20 amazing cookies that didn’t seem real they were so good. The cookies came out the best me and my gluten eating sibling had ever had. Thank so much for giving me hope that good gluten free food exists. Discovering your flour is the best thing I could have wished for! Thank you so Much!

    • Hi Cosette, I am thrilled to hear from you, and to know that you gave my gfJules Flour and this recipe a try! So proud of you for baking and for not giving up!!!! We celiac disease folks have to be resilient and keep on trying, you know? It is my hope that with my flour, you will have the power to make anything you want from now on and maybe even be an accomplished baker one day! Maybe even a famous chef! Who knows? You can do and be anything you want to be — never let celiac stop you! Happy baking!!!!

  2. how long can I keep the cookies in a Tupperware at room temperature?, I’m planning to do it for Easter,

    Thank you

    • They will last for several days in a tupperware at room temp, especially if you roll them a little thicker/bake them a little less so they’re softer. Icing them the day you serve them will also make a prettier presentation. 🙂 Happy Easter, Graciela!

  3. Hi Jules, can the cut-out sugar cookie recipe be made into a giant cookie like the giant chocolate chip cookie? Thanks so much!