Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (vegan)

Bring on the holiday baking!  I am starting with these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies.   These gluten free sugar cookies are perfect for cookie swaps and parties.

They contain far less sugar than traditional cookie recipes.  I think my 5 Minute Healthy Frosting would be great on these!  This healthier sugar cookie recipe is also vegan in addition to being gluten free.  All you need is 9 ingredients!


Gluten Free Sugar Cookies - My Whole Food Life


I used palm shortening in this recipe and here is why.  One of the key ingredients in sugar cookies is butter.  I don’t want to use margarine or some other kind of vegan butter.  I also didn’t think coconut oil would have worked in this recipe.  So I used the palm shortening.

I used Nutiva palm shortening which comes from a sustainable source.   Since it’s not something I use on a regular basis, I was okay with it in this recipe.  One thing I did different than most sugar cookie recipes is that I cut the sugar amount in half.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 10 min Serves 30 cookies     adjust servings

Traditional sugar cookies made gluten free and vegan. Much less sugar in this easy recipe.



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In one bowl , mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. In another bowl , mix the softened shortening and the sugar together.
  4. Then add in the vanilla and flax eggs.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix only until combined.
  6. If the batter looks too dry, add in the almond milk one tablespoon at a time.
  7. Gather the dough into a ball.
  8. Cut the dough in half with a bench scraper .
  9. Wrap both pieces of dough and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  10. Grab one piece of the dough and roll onto a floured surface until it's about 1/4 inch thick.
  11. Cut into shapes. Place the cookie shapes onto a lined baking sheet.
  12. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookie edges turn a golden brown.
  13. Let cookies completely cool before removing them from the baking sheet .
  14. Repeat these steps with the second ball of dough.


Recipe Notes

Store these cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Enjoy!

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37 thoughts to “Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (vegan)”

    1. Betsy, I wouldn't do straight almond flour as it is so heavy and dense (besides pricey!). Coconut flour is also Paleo acceptable, as is arrowroot. The arrowroot will lighten the flour and the coconut will add a delicious sweetness in place of less sugar. You may have to add a bit more milk as it acts as a sponge. Start with the recommended and then add a tablespoon at a time more to bring it to cookie batter consistency. I'd try a combo more like this: 2 c almond flour 1/2 c coconut flour 1/2 c arrowroot I hope this works! Shoot, if it does, let me know! I might just try it, too. :)
  1. Is Palm Shortening a Saturated Fat?..same as Palm Oil? I think I remember in Nutrition class the mention of Palm Oil. The same stuff they add to popcorn in the movies...bad stuff.
    1. It's made from coconut oil and palm oil. There is a lot of new info nowadays about coconut oil and palm oil not being as unhealthy as we once thought. If you still want to avoid it, you can use vegan butter or regular butter if you eat it.
  2. I am not in need of a gluten free recipe so would another type of flour work, like spelt flour maybe? I have that in hand...
  3. Just made a variation of these using butter and real egg. They turned out delicious. Going to frost with a lemon icing for my daughter's holiday secret santa exchange. thank you again!
  4. Hi melissa, I used this recipe to make Hamentashen for my husband who has to eat gluten/fodmap free. They are delicious! I used your chia jam recipe I saw a while ago for the filling, it turned out so good! The texture of the cookie was very crumbly when it was cooked, it kinda fell apart. I used oat flour. Is that normal for cooking with oat flour? I'm new to gluten free baking... wondering if an extra egg, or maybe time to chill in the fridge? Thank you again for such wonderful recipes :)
    1. It shouldn't have fallen apart. I am sorry that happened, but glad they tasted good! Did you roll out and cut into shapes, or did you make more of a thumbprint style cookie?
      1. They were delicious!!! I did them more thumbprint style, shaped them into rounds and then folded the edges up with blueberry chia filling. I have more dough in the fridge, this time I'll try rolling them out and see if that makes a difference in texture. My husband was super psyched to have cookies :)
  5. These are probably the best gf sugar cookies we have made, and I've tried a lot of recipes! They rolled out easily, cut and transferred to the baking sheet well, and are soft with a slight crunch on the outside. I used butter and real eggs, plus a combo of sorghum and oat flour, and baked for only 8 or 9 minutes. So good!

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