Roll-Out Sugar Cookies - gluten free!

sharon flanagan


Soft or crisp, they are a HIT! A "go to" recipe for me, they can be plain cut-out rounds to cut-out flowers, train, bunny, turkey or Santa! You can dress them up with decorators sugar or colorful frostings! Package them in an airtight tin and send a surprise to the kids/grandkids! (My grandson was super excited to eat a TRAIN!)
This recipe is from Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone, a cookbook FILLED with wonderful, must-have, easy to prepare recipes!
Photo is for this recipe from same cookbook (see above)

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45 Min
5 Min


2 1/2 c
white rice flour plus more for dusting
1 c
sweet rice flour
1/2 c
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
xanthan gum (or guar gum)
3/4 c
butter (1 1/2 sticks) softened
1 1/2 c
granulated sugar
2 large
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1/4 c
water - as needed!
toppings optional

How to Make Roll-Out Sugar Cookies - gluten free!


  • 1Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl
  • 2In a medium bowl, cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy (medium speed with either handheld or stand mixer). Add eggs 1 at a time, blending well after each addition
  • 3Add dry ingredients & vanilla & blend 'til dough. (If a sandy mass forms instead of a dough ball, add 1/4 cup water and mix for 30 seconds. If a dough comes together on its own, omit water water from recipe)
  • 4Divide dough in half. Pat dough into rounds, wrap tightly with plastic wrap & chill 4hrs or overnight.
  • 5Preheat oven to 350F. Remove dough from the refrigerator & allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • 6Generously dist a clean, dry surface with rice flour. Roll dough out about 1/4 inch thick. Using assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place cut-outs onto prepared sheets.
  • 7Bake 1st sheet of cookies until lightly golden brown (baking time will vary accordingly with size of cookies)
  • 8Remove cookie sheet from oven and cool on wire racks for 3-5 minutes then transfer cookies directly onto racks to cool completely.
    While 1st sheet is cooling, bake 2nd sheet of cookies.
  • 9Ice / decorate cookies as desired.
    My Tips:
    *If using decorators sugar, sprinkle onto cookie cut-outs before baking.
    **For a softer cookie, bake only til edges just start to show a light brown
    ***Long term freshness but cookies will become more crisp as time goes. These cookies freeze well!

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About Roll-Out Sugar Cookies - gluten free!

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free