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.

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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

Yield: approximately 2 dozen cookies (depending on size)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes


  • 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.

Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies gfJules are a must for holidays like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day!

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies gfJules are a must for holidays like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day!Cut-Out Sugar Cookies gfJules are a must for holidays like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day!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


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

gluten free sugar cookies - gfJules

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

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52 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. I’ve been reading the comments and someone mentioned substituting yogurt for the milk, but I don’t see milk in your recipe somewhere. Am I missing something? My gluten recipe also calls for sour cream, and it helps the recipe be soft and delicious too. But I don’t see where I could substitute that into the recipe above. I want to try these, but want to make sure I have all the ingredients right.

    • Hi Deborah, I actually have TWO gluten free cut out sugar cookie recipes, so maybe that’s where some of the confusion comes in with commenters. If you enjoy adding sour cream in your sugar cookie recipes, I’d suggest checking out my other gluten free sugar cookie recipe and adding it in place of the milk in that recipe instead. It’ll make WAY more sense there – LOL! The other option is to replace the 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in this recipe with sour cream instead. The texture of the cookie will change, but it might be what you’re looking for! The best part of this kind of mad scientist experimenting is that we get to eat the experiments!!! Let us know how they turn out!!!

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  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!).