Super Soft Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
September 10, 2009 by Stephanie O'Dea
You know those super soft bakery cookies they sell in the supermarket that are covered in frosting? The orange ones come out for Halloween, and the pink for Valentine’s Day. I wanted them. I needed them. But they had to be gluten free, and the only sugar cookies I’ve made gluten free sort of resembled (and tasted) like hockey pucks. These cookies don’t. I put in tons of butter, but baked them at a pretty high heat to keep the cookies from spreading all over the place. We all absolutely loved them, and these will now be my new go-to cookie when I need to make something to bring to the PTA bake sales that we can eat.
Yup. I bake and then buy my own baked goods. Other people do that, too, right?
3 cups gluten free flour mix (I used Pamela’s Baking Mix)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup room temperature butter
1 cup white sugar
3 room temperature eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift flour mixture with baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together on a low speed with a hand or stand mixer the butter, eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Slowly add in the flour mixture until evenly incorporated. Refrigerate the dough for about an hour, or until it is easy to handle. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll small balls of dough, and place onto cookie sheet, giving ample room for spreading. I was only able to get about 6 on some of my cookie sheets. With your finger, depress each dough ball a bit in the very center. This will help the edges to stay fluffy, and not just the middle of the cookie.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes, or until the very tops of the cookies have begun to turn golden. Remove from oven, and slide the entire sheet of parchment onto the kitchen counter to let the cookies fully set. When cool, frost with your favorite frosting and add sprinkles, if desired.
These are very soft cookies—the softest gluten free cookies I’ve ever been able to achieve. I overcooked the first batch (10 minutes was too long, oops!) and even the burnt ones retained their soft chew. I haven’t tried to roll them out to make shapes, but my gut feeling is that it won’t work. It’s super tricky to roll out GF dough, and since there’s so much butter in here, I think the shapes would melt into a blob. Although I haven’t tried it, I think the dough would freeze quite nicely. I’d guess you could get 3 dozen out of a batch, maybe more, depending on cookie size and how much dough you eat.
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