Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs – Valentine’s Day Recipe

Below is a little teaser of a recipe from a soon to be released book, Gluten Free Cookies by Luane Kohnke. You will have an opportunity to read the review of many tested recipes we will be doing out of her book over the next two months. So check back soon!

Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day, Tina

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut- Outs


1 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup potato starch
2 1/2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter,
room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Makes 48 to 60 cookies

I developed this recipe for my friend Gail. She was diagnosed with celiac disease late in life, and really missed her
sweets. She told me that these cookies reminded her of the sugar cookies her grandmother made.


In a medium bowl, sift together brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, cream of
tartar, and salt. Whisk in almond flour. Set aside.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Set mixer speed to medium and beat until light
and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low.
Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Divide dough into quarters, and wrap each quarter in plastic
wrap or wax paper. Chill for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment.

Roll dough, one quarter at a time, between sheets of wax paper, to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with heart-shaped
cookie cutter, dipping cookie cutter in brown rice flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour to aid cutting.
Place cookies on prepared cookie sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. If dough becomes too soft to reroll
easily, return it to the refrigerator or place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, until it is firm enough to reroll.
Sprinkle cookies with granulated sugar, demerara sugar, or gluten-free sanding sugar. Bake until edges are pale
golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies, still on parchment,
to wire racks to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe taken from Gluten-Free Cookies by Luane Kohnke
(978-1-4162-0623-1; $18.95; Pub date: March 2011; Sellers Publishing; 50+ full-color photos, Hardcover)

Author Bio:

Luane Kohnke has been an accomplished gourmet cookie baker for more than 20 years. Her love for cookie baking began when she was nine years old, living on her family’s farm in Wisconsin, and she developed an interest in gluten-free baking about 15 years ago. Luane lives in New York City. For more information, visit

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3 thoughts on “Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs – Valentine’s Day Recipe

  1. Oh my oh my I made these and they were so delicious and stayed together (no crumbly cookies) very well. Plus decorating cookies is just so much fun!

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