Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies: five ways to mix up some magic

If your mind is swimming with holiday baking ideas, you’re not alone. We’ve had cookies on the brain for weeks now!

In our minds, holiday baking is never complete without at least one batch of sugar cookies. They’re classic, they’re fun, and we love how versatile the dough is. With a solid sugar cookie base, there’s almost no limit to the types of cookies you can make.

While we do love baking from scratch, sometimes we either don’t have the time or simply don’t have all the ingredients on hand. That’s where our fabulous mixes come in. And if you’re a gluten-free baker, you’re in luck. We’ve formulated an incredible line of baking mixes that can be used for all sorts of holiday baked treats.

Today we’re focusing on sugar cookies and the magic that can come from just one little box of Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Mix!

Five Ways to Use Sugar Cookie Dough

When it comes to baking with this mix, we’ve got a few fun tips and tricks up our sleeve to help you get more than just a regular sugar cookie out of this box. Here are some tips from our bakers:

The best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies using @kingarthurflour's gluten-free sugar cookie mix!

1. Classic gluten-free sugar cookies

Since we know that rolling out cookies and having a cookie decorating party is a fun holiday tradition, we want to make it as easy as possible for you. So our rollout sugar cookie recipe appears right on gluten-free sugar cookie mix box! You can simply follow the instructions, mixing, chilling, and rolling the dough. Then pick out your favorite cookie cutters and icings, and go to town.

The best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies using @kingarthurflour's gluten-free sugar cookie mix!

2. Gluten-free snickerdoodles

For a quick and easy twist, make gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies using the mix’s drop cookie instructions. Simply roll the rounded dough ball in cinnamon and sugar and bake according to the box instructions.

The best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies using @kingarthurflour's gluten-free sugar cookie mix!

3. Cookie bars or shortbread crust

This mix works great as a gluten-free crust for your favorite bar cookie using a shortbread-style crust, like lemon squares. Simply prepare the dough according to the rollout cookie directions, and spread it into the bottom of a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Top and bake the crust according to your recipe’s instructions.

The best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies using @kingarthurflour's gluten-free sugar cookie mix!

4. Red and white pinwheels

These vibrant and colorful holiday-themed cookie are also very easy to make. Prepare the dough according to the rollout cookie instructions, then divide it in half and color one half with 10 to 15 drops of red food coloring. Shape the dough into separate disks, 1” thick, wrap them well in plastic wrap, and chill them for at least 1 hour.

Once the dough is chilled, follow our recipe for Red and White Vanilla Pinwheels, starting with step 5.

The best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies using @kingarthurflour's gluten-free sugar cookie mix!

5. Cookie tart crust

When you want a tart but don’t want to go to the trouble of making typical pie crust dough, this is an easy option.

To make sweet, cookie-crust tart dough, prepare sugar cookie mix according to the box’s rollout cookie instructions. Shape the dough into a disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, let it warm slightly (enough to roll without cracking), and roll the dough to fit your chosen tart pan (or pans, for mini tarts). Follow your recipe’s instructions for baking and filling the tart.

Do you have favorite ways to use sugar cookie dough? Let us know in comments, below!

Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys ...


  1. Carolyn Fasano

    Can I bake gluten free doughnuts in a muffin pan. I want to be sure my family likes them before I purchase a doughnut pan. Thank you

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      You certainly can, Carolyn! Baking time may vary a little, so check early! Barb@KAF

  2. Carole

    I purchased some ground Almonds from Trader Joes yesterday. When I got home,
    I noticed the skins were ground into the mix. Will this work for baking? I’m wondering if I wasted the money.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      What a great experiment! We think your almond flour (with skins) purchase will be just fine. A test bake from your kitchen will give you the final answer. Happy Baking! Irene@KAF

  3. Beth Sims

    I can not use any of the Mixes. I have a true allergy to wheat, corn, soy,molasses all nuts, strawberry’s, banana etc The Pancake recipe says to let the batter rest for 10 min. My question is do you need to do the same for other recipes.

    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Beth,
      No, you don’t need to let other recipes like cookies rest, you can just keep bakin’ along. ~ MJ

  4. cookiesfromhome

    Really with the help of your blog i can easily bake these holiday themed cookies. Thanks dear for sharing such a useful blog.

    Cookie Gifts

  5. Christine Martinson

    My question: Food coloring. I need to be sure the coloring is gluten free. Are all coloring GF? If not, what coloring can I use?

    Thank you.

    Christine Martinson

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Christine, it is better to take a safe approach and not assume all food coloring are gluten-free, especially if they are the soft gel type (these may use a modified food starch that comes from wheat to help thicken it). The good news is that our soft gel food coloring is gluten-free! Feel free to use this product in your gluten-free baked goods, but as for other brands be sure to read the packaging carefully. Kye@KAF

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