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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

These Gluten Free Sugar Cookiesare soft, tender and taste just like your favorite bakery style cookie with a sweet & creamy 4-ingredient vanilla buttercream frosting. Perfect any time you're craving a soft healthy sugar cookie and a favorite for holiday cookie trays! Plus, they are refined sugar-free, paleo-friendly and easily dairy-free. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosted sugar cookies, gluten free sugar cookies, icing for sugar cookies, lofthouse frosted sugar cookies, lofthouse sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies, vanilla buttercream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 123 kcal
Author Kelly


For the Cookies

For the Buttercream

  • 1/3 cup grass-fed butter or sustainably sourced palm shortening
  • 3 tbs dairy-free cream cheese , we like Miyokos
  • 2 cups powdered coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • beet powder optional, for color


For the Cookie Dough:

  1. Whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together sugar, butter and sour cream until light and fluffy.

  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix again. 

  4. Slowly spoon in dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until cookie dough is just combined.

  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill cookie dough for 1 hour.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  7. Scoop 2-tbsp balls of cookie dough onto the cookie sheets, spacing 2-3 inches apart.

  8. Take the bottom of a flat glass dusted with flour and gently mash down each cookie dough ball until flat. Reshape edges if needed with floured fingers.

  9. Place cookies back in the fridge to chill while oven preheats.

  10. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  11. Bake cookies on middle rack until slightly golden on edges, about 9-11 minutes. Don't overbake.

  12. Place cookie sheets on cooling rack and allow cookies to completely cool before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. In a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter and dairy-free cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. 

  3. Add food coloring, a small amount at a time, mixing until desired color is reached (optional).

  4. Frost the cooled cookies, leaving a small border exposed.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.