When it comes to gluten free cookies, you have a couple of choices. You can buy a mix or even buy prepared gluten free cookies at some stores (I’ve done both), but if you really want to control what goes into your body and your little people’s bodies, then you need to make your own.
When you can’t use a paleo recipe like this one due to nut allergies, but still have to keep it gluten and dairy free, this recipe is a great one. It also happens to be low sugar! The dough comes together really quickly and rolls out beautifully. You don’t even have to chill it before you start cutting out shapes. Though, if it’s a really warm day, you will find it easier to work with if you refrigerate your dough for just 15-30 minutes.
I use lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract in my cookies for added flavor, but you can use all vanilla if you prefer or even almond extract (which is usually nut free, but check the ingredients) or whatever flavor floats your boat.
This recipe works with granulated sugar (gasp!) or honey or maple syrup. If you choose to use one of the liquid sugars, you may need to add a little more flour.
My recommendation is that you use my gluten free flour blend in this recipe, but you could use any commercially available gluten free flour mix. There are so many of them on the market now and I haven’t tested them all, so your results may vary slightly if you don’t use my flour mix. And they will contain xanthan gum and possibly carageenan. Just a friendly word of warning. 🙂
Here are the tools I find valuable when baking cookies:
There are less expensive silicone mats than the Silpat brand, but this is the one I use and I highly recommend it. I’ve had mine for over 10 years and they are good as new. I don’t know if the less expensive ones would hold up as well.
I use this to lift the dough off my counter easily. I also cut with this and use it to clean my counter when I’m all done. Its makes scraping up the bits of dough and flour super quick.
These baking trays are another indispensable kitchen tool. Buy a couple or three of these (I have four!). You’ll never be sorry you invested in good quality kitchen equipment. It just works better and holds up so well.
Now that you have all your supplies, go make some cookies!
I even made a little video for you to show you just how easy this recipe is.