This easy gluten-free sugar cookie recipe will become one of the most important recipes in your holiday collection. These sugar cookies are soft-baked and keep their shape when baked. Decorate however you like - you can't go wrong!
Food coloring India Tree makes artificial dye-free food dye
To make the dough, cream together butter and sugar for 1 minute. Add egg and vanilla until well combined and then add the flour. Mix well until all flour is incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly "flour" a clean surface with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Roll dough until about 1/2 inch thick, then use your cookie cutters to cut desired shapes. Place cookies on cookie sheet. Once all cookies are cut out, place cookie sheet in the fridge for 1 hour to cool. This is an essential step to prevent the cookies from spreading when baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake cookies for 13-15 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly brown. Remove cookies from oven and cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack. Allow cookies to fully cool before icing.
Mix egg whites in a standing mixer over medium speed for 1 min. Add butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until all ingredients are well incorporated. If frosting is too stiff, add a little bit of milk; if mixture is too runny, add more powdered sugar.
Add dye (as desired) to frosting and decorate cookies. Enjoy!
This gluten-free sugar cookie recipes makes about 20 cookies depending on how large you cut them.
It is essential that you cool the cookies both before rolling out the dough and after you cut the dough into shapes. The cold will ensure the cookies keep their shape and you wind up with beautiful cookies.
I use powdered sugar to "flour" my surface before rolling out the cookies. I don't want to add additional flour to the mixture, so the powdered sugar works like a charm!
There are no hard and fast rules on decorating these cookies. As I mentioned, I like to use natural food dyes, but use whatever you desire or have in your pantry.