Easy Cut-Out Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

I made the mistake of making regular Christmas cookies with my kids my first winter after diagnosis. Even though I did not eat the cookies, I experienced a major “glutening” episode from just working with the cookie dough. The next year I came across the following recipe for gluten free  holiday cookies, and I’ve used it ever since. My friends and family have not been able to detect a difference between these cookies and “regular” Christmas cookies. Plus it’s an easy recipe!


1 cup of sugar

1 cup of butter, softened

2 egg yolks

1-1/2 teaspoons GF vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups GF flour blend (this is made by mixing 2 cups of white rice flour, 2/3 cups of potato starch, 1/3 cup of tapioca flour, and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. I left out the xanthan gum the last time and it turned out fine too)


1. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add GF flour blend and salt. Beat until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until firm (approximately 1 hour).

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough on surface lightly dusted with GF flour, one half at a time (keep other half in refrigerator), until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheets. Makes approx. 36 cookies.



15 thoughts on “Easy Cut-Out Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Christina,
      It’s not a silly question at all (I had the same question when I started learning to decorate cookies!)
      The should be decorated after they are baked and cooled. I like to use royal icing and just found this tutorial on line: http://sweetopia.net/2009/09/how-to-decorate-cookies-with-royal-icing-top-10-tips/, but you can decorate them with anything you’d like.
      I am going to be using this recipe with my kids soon and am going to again leave out the xanthan gum as I don’t think it’s necessary. Hope you have a happy holiday season and that enjoy making the cookies!

  1. Tracy J

    I really loved your post this week. I also have Celiacs . For Thanksgiving I made pies and cookies for the other family members to eat with regular flour and found my self feeling “glutened” after. I was sure I washed my hands and cleaned the area well before I ate any g/f food. I was surprised this happened to me. Glad to hear I am not the only one. Thanks for the recipe as I will only be baking g/f treats from now on.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      You are definitely not the only one to get sick after just working with regular dough, there are many of us. I am definitely not an expert baker, but I’ve never had anyone notice that these cookies are GF. I hope that you are able to find GF recipes that suit your needs and please share any good ones that you fall in love with!

  2. Dana

    Hey, I must have missed this last year. I love a fail proof sugar cookie recipe! And even better without any gums. Sometimes they bother me.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Amber,
      In the past, when I’ve had to avoid eggs, I’ve used a flaxseed egg replacer in recipes.
      To make it mix 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal with 3 Tbsp water and let sit for 5 min.
      I recently learned about this substitution on the BRM website and it’s worked well for me in other recipes. I will admit, though, that I have never tried it for these cookies. If it does work well for these cookies, please let me know! Merry Christmas!

  3. Sarah

    Thanks so much for this great recipe! This is our first Christmas since my daughter’s celiac diagnosis, so finding an easy recipe that tastes just like the real deal means more to me than you know! We had a blast making these tonight, and they came out perfect!

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      You are welcome. Thanks for the feedback! I am happy to learn that you and your family liked them. We are probably not going to make our first batch of Christmas cookies until this weekend, but I am excited because our littlest one (who is almost 2) will be big enough to “help” out…
      Merry Christmas!

  4. Nancy

    I just finished making the dough…seems really moist…hoping it will be better after refrigeration???

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Nancy, I hope it worked out for you. We just made two batches before Christmas and they turned out really well. Did you use whole eggs or did you separate out the yolks? Jess

  5. andrea

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I’m really looking forward to trying them out. We also have to avoid dairy in our family. Do you know if it would be OK to use a dairy free substitute for the butter?

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      I really do not know if these cookies would turn out well without butter. If you are brave enough to try the recipe with a dairy free substitute I’d love to hear how they turn out as my youngest is now milk free. Thank you!

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