This gluten-free sugar cookie recipe is probably the easiest gluten-free recipe you have ever come across. These cookies might be also the tastiest you have ever made. Don’t forget to pin it!
Here I go again, I am not a baker. If you have followed me for some time now you have heard this from me a couple of times. Still, I don’t give up. I love baking. Who doesn’t, right? The smell of freshly made cookies makes any house cozy and warm. I am always so happy when I come up with something that is easy and delicious and just can’t wait to share this simple recipe with you.
Are these gluten-free sugar cookies healthy?
By the current definition of HEALTHY food, these cookies won’t get the highest grade. They contain sugar, butter, and white flour, even if it is gluten-free. However, let’s see if these cookies are actually unhealthy and what are the alternatives. For me, these cookies are the perfect example of a VERY GOOD treat, occasional food. If you compare them to the store-bought variety, they will win all the way. Let’s have a look at the ingredients of the cookies that are very popular with children in Australia:
Gluten-free Flour Blend (Maize Starch, Modified Tapioca Starch (1412),
Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour,
Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin),
Thickeners (415, 412, 464),
Milk Chocolate Chips (6%) (Sugar, Cocoa Solids, Milk Solids, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin, E476)),
Butter (From Milk),
Whey Powder (Milk),
As you can see the ingredients list is long and it contains a couple of ingredients that I would recommend to avoid such as vegetable oil and emulsifiers.
What ingredients are in my gluten-free sugar cookies?
- Gluten-free flour blend
- Organic raw sugar
- Guar gum
- Organic butter
- Free-range egg
- Organic vanila essence and a pinch of salt.
That it is! 16 ingredients vs 6. It is a big difference. You don’t need anymore to make delicious cookies. These cookies ABSOLUTELY CAN BE a part of a healthy family diet if you enjoy them as an occasional treat.
Are these cookies gluten-free?
Yes, of course! Like all the other recipes you will find on my blog. The gluten-free flour blend I used to make these cookies comes from Aldi and contains maize starch, rice flour, tapioca flour rice bran, and guar gum.
Are these sugar cookies good for decorating?
These cookies are really good for decorating. They come out nice and flat and despite being gluten-free hold their shape quite nicely. I would recommend decorating them on the same day though as they get a little more brittle and crumbly on the following days.
How to decorate sugar cookies?
I had all the good intentions to decorate the cookies for this post, but they disappeared before I could do so. But you can decorate them with icing and chocolate and whatever your heart desires. The only thing I managed to do is to press some cute prints on half of mine. It worked a treat.
How to store cookies?
We usually don’t have many cookies to store because they just seem to disappear within a couple of days. But if you have better willpower and want to enjoy your cookies over a longer period of time you can store them in an air-tight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Are these sugar cookies easy to make?
Yes, yes, and yes! As mentioned before I am not a baker and if I can make them, you can make them too. They are really a no-fuss, one-bowl wonder. The part I love most about this recipe is that you don’t need to cream the butter with sugar. In fact, you MUST NOT cream butter and sugar as it will make the cookies spread when baking.
Why there is no baking powder or baking soda used in this recipe?
This recipe doesn’t require baking soda or powder. Adding some will lead to building little air bubbles in the dough and will make cookies to raise while baking. The cookies will also spread and crack on the top.
SOS: Why do my cookies spread?
As mentioned above, your cookies will spread if the dough has tiny bubbles of air in it. This is why we DO NOT BEAT the butter with sugar and DO NOT USE baking powder or baking soda. Keep it simple 🙂