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Soft Cut-out Sugar Cookies

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Soft Cut-out Sugar Cookies

This makes the best gluten-free sugar cookies!! Taste all of the flavor and texture you remember having. We know because we eat a gluten-free diet too. Enjoy!
Recipe makes 3 dozen.
For the cut-out cookies
  • 3/4 cup butter softened.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp. GF vanilla 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Starch for rolling the dough

For the Icing

  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 tsp. corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp GF vanilla     
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • Food coloring (AmeriColor and McCormik are gluten-free)

For the frosting

  • 10 Tbsp. butter room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp. milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp. GF Vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. GF meringue powder
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • sprinkles optional


  1. Mix butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla throughly. Beating until fluffy and light in color.
  2. Measure Pie Crust Mix into a medium bowl. Add baking powder and salt and stir together.
  3. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat together. The dough should start to pull away from the bowl. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll dough 1/8” thick on a lightly starched board. Cut with a 2” - 3” cooky cutter. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookie edges are a delicate golden color. 
  7. Prepare the icing in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and milk (start with 3 tablespoons) until well combined. To test the icing, lift the whisk (or spoon) from the mixing bowl, you should still see the ribbons of icing that fall back into the bowl for a few seconds. If needed, add more milk to thin out the icing or add more powdered sugar to make it thicker.
  8. Separate the icing into mixing bowls and add food coloring as needed. If the icing becomes thinner because of the food coloring, add a little more powdered sugar until it has reached your desired consistency.

Make Cookie Dough Ahead: These cookies are easy to made ahead. Simple prepare the dough, chill and cut out cookies. Freeze the unbaked cookies. Transfer frozen cookies to a freezer-safe container separated by sheets of parchment paper. Remove from freezer, heat the oven and set cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. While the oven is heating, make icing or frosting. Set cookies in the oven to bake. In minutes you’ll have fresh-baked cookies waiting to ice or frost. Yum!

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