Growing up gluten-free I never had a Christmas cookie, let alone Gluten & Dairy-free Sugar Cookies! Honestly, I didn’t know what I was missing. The simplicity of a sugar cookie is probably what I love the most. I like the fact there are no other competing ingredients such as chocolate chips, raisins, or spices. It’s just simply a yummy cookie all around.

GF Sugar Cookies

Christmas Memories

Some of my fondest memories of Christmas were helping my mom paint ornaments, decorating the Christmas tree and frosting sugar cookies. Ironic that I loved to frost them but never was able to taste them. I’m sure she wished there was a way to make a gluten-free sugar cookie back in the 60’s & 70’s but it didn’t exist. I just knew not to eat them. I saw them as poisonous because of what they did to my body. I know you can relate!

Baked GF-DF Sugar Cookies

Rolling Out GF-DF Sugar Cookie Dough

It isn’t always easy working with gluten-free dough. It is often sticky, making it difficult to roll. A few key pointers:

  1. Chill the dough
  2. Roll between two sheets of parchment paper
  3. Place on a silicone cooking pad
  4. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack

Rolling GF Sugar Cookie Dough

Roll your dough slightly thicker if you like a more puffy cookie, and thinner if you like your sugar cookies crisp. What started out looking like a snowflake ended up looking like a flower, but oh well, they still taste good!

GF Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Place the dough on a silicone cookie sheet if you have one. It allows for even baking and the cookies slide right off once you are ready to move them to a cooling rack.

Sprinkled GF Sugar Cookie Dough

For an easy frosting idea simply sprinkle the dough with red and green sprinkles before baking. Then once the cookies have cooled, simply dust them lightly with powdered sugar using a fine mesh strainer.

Dusted GF Sugar Cookies

Remove the trays and enjoy a little sugar dusting art before you clean the counters!

Flower Dusting Art

Then sit down and enjoy a little Christmas indulgence with these yummy gluten & dairy-free sugar cookies! If you’re interested in a few more gluten & dairy-free cookie recipes, check these out:

GF DF Dusted Sugar Cookies

Gluten & Dairy-free Sugar Cookies

Serves 24
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Dietary Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Christmas
You can enjoy a sugar cookie even if you are gluten & dairy-free. Sprinkle them with sugar or use your favorite frosting, either way, you can enjoy Christmas cookies just like your friends!


  • 5 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup White Rice Flour (super-fine)
  • 1/2 cup Potato Starch
  • 1/4 cup Tapioca Starch
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 5 tablespoons GF flour blend (for rolling dough)
  • Sugar Sprinkles (for topping)
  • Powdered Sugar (for dusting)


*Replace all flour in the recipe for 2 1/4 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour blend if you desire.


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the vegan butter, coconut oil, and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Turn mixer to low and add the egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Step 3
In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the all flours, baking powder and salt.
Step 4
Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Shape the dough into 2 balls and flatten with your hand. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Step 5
Line baking sheets with either parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
Step 6
Rolling GF Sugar Cookie Dough
Place parchment paper on a flat work surface. Lightly sprinkle with a gf flour blend, place one dough disk on top, sprinkle that with some flour blend and top with another piece of parchment paper. Roll dough to a thickness of about ¼ inch or 1/2 inch if you prefer thicker cookies.
Step 7
Sprinkled GF Sugar Cookie Dough
Cut cookies into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place on prepared pans spacing about 1 inch apart. Brush off any excess flour. Sprinkle the cookies with sugar before baking. Repeat with remaining dough.
Step 8
Bake 8-12 minutes depending on desired thickness. Do not over-brown the cookies.
Step 9
Cool at least 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack.
Step 10
Dusted GF Sugar Cookies
Once cookies have cooled, lightly dust them with powdered sugar using a fine mesh.




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