Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

A great gluten free cut out sugar cookie recipe is a must in our family. We find any excuse to make cut out cookies to celebrate ground hog day, Halloween, St. Patty’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Spring, birthdays, a sunny day, a cloudy day, rainbows … you get the idea.

The key to any good cut out sugar cookie dough is that it must be easy to roll and cut, resilient, elastic, never crumbly and of course, oh so yummy. I’ve led gluten free cooking classes with elementary schoolers and pre-teens using this recipe, and they have all had such fun with this dough! It really is a wonderful recipe, rolled thin for crispy cookies, or thicker to make a softer, cakier cookie.

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These scrumptious gluten free cut out sugar cookies make the perfect gift for any occasion!


My gluten eating son has recently been on a kick that he wants me to make gluten free sugar cookies “just like the ones in the grocery store!” Eww. Uh, yeah, ok Mr. teenager. Your tastes are weird, and the unpronounceable ingredient label on those store-bought cookies is a mile long, but sure. I’ll make some cookies for you like those store-bought ones.

Not being able to taste those store-bought cookies for myself, I had to rely on him to confirm that when I only roll this dough to about 1/4+ inch thick, these indeed do taste like the ones he’s been craving (not sure if that’s a compliment in this case!), and I must admit, I actually really, really like them that way. Soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth yummy. And at least they have a clean label.

If you need a vegan egg-free dough option, hop over to my GF Vegan Cut Out Cookie Recipe, or for an even easier, delicious cut out cookie dough, try my gfJules Sugar Cut Out Cookie Mix! Roll them thicker to be more akin to this store-bought cookie.

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Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: approximately 2 dozen cookies (depending on size)


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil of choice
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup (236 grams) gfJules™All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs. water (as needed)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • colored sugar or frosting (optional – see below)


Cream shortening, sugar and oil several minutes with an electric mixer, until very fluffy.

Add egg yolks, vanilla extract and food coloring, if using.  Mix in the dry ingredients, adding in tablespoons of water only as needed to keep the dough together and avoid dryness (err on the side of this dough being wetter).

Pat the dough into a disc shape to roll or to cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate or roll out immediately.

Preheat oven to 350º F (static) or 325º F (convection).

Lightly flour a clean surface or pastry mat with gfJules™ All Purpose Flour.  Roll the dough to a little more than 1/4-inch thickness and dust cookie cutters with gfJules flour before using to cut out shapes.  You may also roll thin coils of dough of different colors and braid into candy cane or other fun shapes.

Place cut cookies onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and decorate with colored sugar, if desired.

Bake approximately 8-10 minutes, but remove before they begin to brown at the edges.  Cool on a wire rack and frost with gluten-free frosting, if desired.


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Don’t miss holidays just made for cut out sugar cookies!

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Don’t miss holidays just made for cut out sugar cookies!

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  2. Another Jules recipe hit! I made these for valentines day but did not end up frosting them, today I am. I substituted non-dairy yogurt for the milk and they turned out so soft mixed up well, it worked out really great. Our family’s sugar cookie recipe (gluten) has sour cream so I wanted these to be as much like those as possible. Some family members even liked yours better. The family members gluten and dairy free weren’t giving anything up. I am so glad I finally bought your flour! I tried so many and was never really truly happy with my baked goods. Thank-you Jules.

    • That is fantastic to hear, Darica! I’m so happy you went for it and made the substitution too, so it could be as much like your family recipe as possible! There’s nothing like a great, soft cut out sugar cookie — I’m thrilled your family has it back! I’ve heard from lots of people that folks like sugar cookies (among other recipes) better with my gfJules Flour even than with wheat flour. I think it’s because my flour is so soft and light, it works particularly well to make a delicate or soft recipe like these. May all your baking be happy, from here on out!

  3. I just received my first order of gfJules flour and want to make these cookies to freeze and decorate closer to Christmas. Any tips on freezing?

    • Hi Donna – I can’t wait to hear what you think! I find that wrapping baked cookies in parchment and then putting in a tin (or even tupperware) in the freezer works well and keeps them from breaking when jostled. Have fun decorating!!!

    • Hi Pattie, you can use butter but the cookies will spread more. Butter is 80% moisture and shortening has no moisture, so recipes calling for shortening where you use butter instead will not turn out just the same. If you choose to use butter, I would definitely recommend chilling the dough first and perhaps rolling and cutting the dough, placing the cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and then freezing or refrigerating then baking — this will help the cookies hold their shape a bit better and not spread so much during the bake. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Hi, I was wondering what brand of sprinkles and decorating colored sugar you use? I am looking for decorating sugars that are gluten free. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Amber, I like “Let’s Do” Organic GF Sprinkles and also Sweetapolita ones you can get on line.
      Hope that helps!

    • Why buy colored sugar when making it is simple and less expensive. Put sugar in a ziplock bag add a few drops food color, then shake the contents or mold it in your hands until you get your preferred color. You can use it as is or dry it out in your oven on low heat.

      • Absolutely, Sheri! I love making my own colors that way, and it works great for coconut flakes too (making “grass” around cakes at Easter, for example!).

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    • Thanks Celeste, it was important to me to make delicious products and recipes that as many as possible could enjoy. I hope you get to try this cookie recipe one day soon!

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  7. Oh my goodness Jules ! These are heavenly ! They are by FAR the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had ! Who needs gluten and dairy anyway ? lol Thank you SO much for creating these but not for the 20 pounds I’m about to gain this holiday season. ;)

    • Oh Nathalie, that’s so funny! I was just telling a friend that I just resign myself to putting on a little extra this time of year – there are just too many goodies that I associate with the holiday season! I guess that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for! LOL! Glad you love the cookies! :)

  8. Just found this recipe today and am so excited to try it. I live in Canada and I have never seen your flour blend here. Is it possible to make this with Bob’s Red Mill All purpose flour blend ? Thanks,

    • Hi Nathalie – I wouldn’t try it with Bob’s Red Mill Flour – that blend is substantially different from my blend, as it has bean flours in it and no xanthan gum. I don’t think you’ll like the results of that flour with a recipe written for my blend which is lighter, has no aftertaste, and already includes xanthan gum. The only other suggestion I have for you is to make your own similar blend. I have recipes for such blends in my newest cookbook, Free for All Cooking, if you want to check those out. You should be able to find the ingredients near you to make a blend like this for better results!

    • Absolutely! If you’re looking for a sweeter, cookie-like crust, this could certainly provide the answer! Be careful not overcook it (or any large cookie, for that matter). Cook it at a lower temperature if baking without the pie filling in it first; or perhaps cover it while baking to be sure the edges don’t over-bake. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. Hi Jules,

    I LOVE your flour! After using it I haven’t looked back at other GF flours – there’s no reason to!

    Is there a way to substitute butter for the shortening and oil in the cut-out cookie recipe? (I’m okay with using oil, just not shortening.)

    Thank you. Happy Holidays!

    • Thanks Jill! Why don’t you try using coconut oil (it’s like shortening, as it’s solid at room temp)? Otherwise, I’ve used Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening and Earth Balance Shortening Sticks (non-hydrogenated; no transfats; all natural; non-GMO) with success in this recipe.

  10. Hi Jules,

    My dough is in the fridge now, ready to be cut out tomorrow morning! YAY

    I am wondering: do you think this would work in a cookie press? the kind that has a tube , a plunger and a trigger to press the dough out?

    Thank you!

    • I haven’t tried this recipe in a cookie press, but let me know if you do! There are a couple great-looking spritz cookie recipes posted on the Gluten Free Cookie Swap, some of which have used my flour and had great success! If this recipe doesn’t work for you in a press, try one of those, for sure!

  11. Hi Jules,
    I learned f your website and flour from Lois whom I now get the most wondeful bread from!! We are new to this going on 3 months and it has been a real lifestyle change, but we have never felt better. I love your flour, it has made it a lot easier for me to make some of my own recipes, just using your flour. We can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you did to make all of our lives so much better. I have purchased all of your products and e-books and I am working my way through them.
    Merry Christmas & A Very Happy New Year!
    Sharon & Bruce

  12. Hey Jules! I am a very new celiac person! So I am trying to get a hand on all this “new” cooking…it can be a little overwhelming but I feel GREAT!!! so can’t complain much!! =) I am also a mother of to wonderful little girls so I am really enjoying your website…it helps me eat “normal” with them! OK SO the question I have for you is all of your recipes are gluten free but are they even ok for us celiac people? Thank you so much again…your website means a lot!!!

    • Hi Heather – welcome to the club! I, too, am celiac, so yes, all my recipes are safe and totally delicious for everyone, even us celiacs! So glad you like o bake and are enjoying sharing the experience with your girls!! I’m off to bake more cookies with my kids now, as a matter of fact! : )

  13. Hi Jules,

    I was comparing the cut-out recipes in Free for All Cooking (GREAT book) and the Holiday Baking ebook (also wonderful) and noticed that there are several significant differences: fats, eggs, baking powder and quantities of both sugar and Jules flour. I was wondering how the final products of these recipes compare and if one dough is more “user-friendly” than the other.



    • Hi Sally – I’m so glad you like my new book! The recipes are actually totally different, as the one in Free for All Cooking is able to be made successfully without eggs, if necessary. The one here on my blog has been my favorite cut-out cookie recipe for years, but I really like the new one in the book too!

  14. I was wondering if I could use egg substitute? My little guy is allergic to eggs and wheat and I wanted to try and make these for him this Christmas.

    • Hi Deena, I actually have another recipe I like better when using egg substitutes. I published it in my new cookbook, Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy. If I get time soon, I’ll try to post it in the blog for you, but you should check out the cookbook anyway, since most all the recipes are or can be made egg-free as well!

  15. Hi Jules

    It is me again I was just wandering if you could substatute the cookie mix for the flower? If you can please tell me how to do so

    thank you so much

    • Hi Ruby, actually the cookie mix makes a fantastic toll-house like cookie — not one you’d roll out like you need for this recipe. Great idea though! I’ll have to see about trying to make a conversion for that someday!