Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Don’t be misled by the name of these cookies.  Although they are called “sugar cookies”, they don’t actually contain much sugar.  In fact, the only sugar this recipe uses is maple syrup!  My Gluten Free Sugar Cookies are made with just 8 wholesome ingredients: rice flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, gelatin, xanthum gum, egg, butter and maple syrup.  They are free of gluten, wheat, nuts and refined sugar!


Growing up, sugar cookies were always my favorite treat to bake; not because of their taste, but because of the creativity involved in making them.  I have always loved art (coloring, painting, doodling, card-making…) and so frosting the cookies was the best part because I could use various frosting colors and sprinkles to create little masterpieces.


The one thing I don’t love about typical sugar cookies is the mass quantity of sugar they contain.  I wanted to create a recipe using only whole, minimally processed ingredients that are both gluten-free and low sugar; so that’s just what I did.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine rice flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, gelatin and xanthum gum in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in egg, melted butter and maple syrup.
  4. Using your hands, roll dough into a ball.  Place dough on sheet of parchment paper and flatten with hands.  Sprinkle coconut flour onto flattened dough and then roll out into a thin sheet using a rolling pin.*
  5. Cut shapes in dough using cookie cutters.
  6. Put cookies on pan and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly brown.
  7. Let cookies cool, then decorate with your choice of frosting.

*Parchment paper keeps the dough from sticking to the surface you are rolling on and makes it easier to transfer the dough to your baking sheet.


Coconut Frosting



  1. Combine and mix all ingredients except food coloring.
  2. Separate frosting into plastic Ziploc bags and add food coloring.  Close bags tightly and mix by massaging with your fingers.
  3. Cut small holes in the end of the plastic bag to pipe frosting on to cookies.


These cookies would make a great Easter treat or activity.  Just make the cookies beforehand, then you/your kids/friends/family can decorate as a fun Easter project.

What are your favorite type of cookies to bake?  Do you have any fun Easter traditions?


3 Comments on “Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

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