Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Treat #3 Gluten Free Sugar Cookies & Glaze

I first posted this recipe last year at Christmas, but since sugar cookies are such an iconic Christmas treat, I thought it was only fitting to include it again in this year's holiday treat extravaganza.  I've updated the recipe and added photos of the process.  I've also included the recipe for the cookie glaze, which is simple to prepare.  Store bought cookie icing works great too, especially for adding sprinkles. 
Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe   
Makes approximately 48 cookies

2 cups white rice flour    
1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
3/4 cup butter (I used Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks).  Should be at room temperature.  
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs (at room temperature).  You can use just the yolks if you prefer, but I use the whole egg.
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400F only after refrigeration of dough is

1- In a mixing bowl, stir together white rice flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.  Put aside.   

2- In a separate mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add in eggs and vanilla extract and beat until mixed through.   

3- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until mixture is smooth.  This can be done with a mixer, but I just did it by hand.

4- When thoroughly combined, roll dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.  I made half a batch of cookies after one hour in the fridge, and the other half after refrigerating overnight.  The cookies turned out roughly the same, but the dough was much easier to work with after being chilled overnight.   

5- Lightly flour the counter, and place a piece of plastic wrap over the dough to roll it out.  Roll the dough to desired thickness.  For crispy cookies, roll quite thin, and for chewier ones roll thicker.  They will rise a bit, but not too much.  Cut into desired shapes or roll into balls and flatten.  

To cut perfectly round cookies, roll dough into a log before refrigerating and then just cut into rounds when ready to bake.   

6- Place on a greased cookie sheet and place in oven for 6-8 minutes.  Take out when edges begin to brown.  

7- Place on a cooling rack and gently life bottoms from cookie sheet, then allow to cool completely before decorating.  Decorate with icing and sprinkles, or eat plain.
These cookies will hold their shape well and don't crumble.  To change the flavour, substitute a different extract for the vanilla extract.


Simple Cookie Glaze

This glaze only has three ingredients, and is really easy to make.  The only part to pay attention to is the consistency.  The glaze should be thick enough to work with and not drip everywhere, but thin enough to drip from a spoon.  For a flavoured glaze, add a few drops of extract: vanilla, almond, lemon, mint, or try a bit of liqueur to taste.  The glaze can also be coloured using a few drops of food colouring.  I suggest making the glaze first, and then mix a bit of food colouring in last.


1 cup confectioner's sugar (check that brand is GF)
2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon corn syrup (I used dark, but use light if you want to avoid darkening the glaze.)


1- Add the ingredients to a glass bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth using a spoon.  It should be thick, but not so thick that it can't run from a spoon in one smooth motion.

If using different coloured food colouring, separate the glaze into small glass or ceramic bowls before adding different colours.  To glaze the cookies, spoon the glaze into an icing bag (or a small re-sealable bag with a corner cut off) and outline the cookies first, filling in the middle later with glaze.

Allow the glaze to dry completely before stacking cookies.  It won't dry rock hard like cookie icing, so be gentle.  If you press too hard on the glaze, it will indent under the pressure.



  1. It's so refreshing to stumble upon other GF bloggers! :) These cookies look absolutely delicious! YUM!

    1. Thank you. These are my little guy's favourite cookies to help me make. I was checking out your blog, and I'm so jealous that you have the President's Choice GF line at a store near you. I'm still waiting for them to arrive here.

  2. This is going to be a very popular recipe! Your cookies look wonderful. No doubt that your son enjoys making these with you.