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Gluten Free “Lofthouse” Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing!

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Hey there!
My littlest wanted to “bake wif Mommy” today, so we donned matching aprons, busted out the sprinkles and whipped up our favorite gluten free “Lofthouse” style sugar cookie recipe!  The original recipe came from Flippin’ Delicious, and we’ve since put our own spin on things, too!  Our favorite part about these cookies is their fluffy texture, just like the cookies in the plastic cartons we used to buy at the grocery store.  Now that two of our girls have Celiac Disease, we are learning how to turn our favorite sweet treats gluten free for all to enjoy!

**NOTE: it’s 3/4 teaspoon salt

A couple of ingredient tips:

If you are looking to switch to GF baking, we highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Gluten Free flour!  The best part is right in the name: you literally just sub in 1-1 ratios of Bob’s Red Mill for the regular flour!  Makes switching recipes over to GF-friendly so much easier.

Another ingredients tip is we like to add a bit of orange zest to these cookies to give them some an extra boost of flavor, and the orange and vanilla go really well together!  I use a microplane zester to take off just the deep orange layer of skin, stopping when I hit the white pith underneath.

Baking tips:

Because this is a GF recipe, the butter/sugar/eggs section will look very watery, and then when you add the flour, things will get very dry looking.  Baking gluten free is always a new adventure, ha!  We are going for that flaky, light, cloud-like consistency of a Lofthouse cookie, so it’s okay for the dough to be a bit on the seemingly dry side.

Knead sections of dough in your hands after mixing to fully combine (sometimes hard to roll this dough out, but give it a go if you want!), and then press it to 1/2 inch thick.  I like these cookies very thick, so maybe add a minute or two to the bake time if you do, as well.

Don’t be nervous when your cookies come out still pretty pale….another GF baking tip!  Gluten free flour doesn’t allow for as much browning as regular flour, so just test the edges of your cookies to see if they hold shape, and after letting them cool on the pan for a minute and then on the drying racks, you should be good to go!

Easy Icing Tips:

We love using the icing trick so much!  If your icing isn’t thin enough to easily coat and drip off of the cookies, just pop it back in the microwave for 15-30 more seconds and give it a good stir.  It should be the consistency of thick maple syrup.  Just dunk the top of the cookie in the icing, let the excess drip off, and then we really like to dip a second time into a plate or shallow dish of sprinkles!  Suuuuuuuper easy and kid-friendly way to decorate a lot of cookies in a short amount of time!

There you have it!  An easy, yummy gluten free spin on those delish “Lofthouse” style cookies from the grocery store bakery!  Plus the easiest icing hack in the land, ha!  Hope you enjoy baking up some yummy GF treats this holiday, pals!


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  1. Brittany says:

    Thanks for sharing Erin. Can’t wait to try these! If I wanted to do a none GF version would it I change any amount or anything ?

  2. Kimberly says:

    Very fun baking day! Gotta love the little hands over the ears. My littles do that too. The hand mixer is loud!

    I loved your encouragement to love well. Cool and worthwhile intention.

    I have been following your blog for a while and because of you I started reading outlander around thanksgiving time. I am now reading Drums of Autumn!! I’m hooked. What an awesome book series. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Carleen says:

    Hi the cookie recipe looks great but I don’t see the icing recipe. Did I miss it somewhere?

  4. Rachel says:

    Love this! Can you link those copper jars in LIKEtoKNOW.it??

  5. Ellen says:

    Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for tested&approved GF recipes.
    Also I am obsessing over your icing trick! I am a new follower (not sure if this is covered on another post) but I am curious- Have you ever tried your icing technique with cream cheese frosting? I am totally going to try on a family favorite cheese cut out cookie!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I have and it works as long as the icing is heated up enough to thin out and get a bit drippy, you know? So it will flow over the cookies!

  6. Ashleigh says:

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing! Your littlest looked like she had a blast!

  7. Laura says:

    Hey Erin! First off, I absolutely adore you, you four sweet beauties, and you stories! You are so relatable and I feel like you’re my friend! 😉😂 Anyway, quick question about these cookies…I also have celiacs and my son is severely allergic to all dairy and peanuts. Any idea how this recipe would do using a vegan “butter” substitute? I’ve tried numerous recipes for sugar cookies and they never turn out because it’s not real butter 😕 And even if I make them just for him using regular flour, the nondairy aspect still doesn’t come out the same. Let me know if you have any experience making these dairy free! Love your content and keep being you!

  8. Monika says:

    Where are those cookie cutters from? Can’t wait to make these with my girls!

  9. Patti Smith says:

    Ok- am I an idiot? Is that 3/4 Tablespoon or Teaspoon? Thanks!

  10. Allison says:

    Was wondering the same is it 3/4 tablespoon or teaspoon? Thanks!!

  11. deb S says:

    Fabulous fun with your little cutie! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Ashley says:

    These are precious and I need to try them! Gluten free is something I try to adhere to when I can. No one else in my family is gluten free, but if it’s yummy, they will never know!!

  13. Kate says:

    I’m pretty sure she means teaspoon. Because of the amount of salt ☝🏼
    Normally Tbsp = tablespoon
    and tsp = teaspoon though. 😘

  14. Moses Brodin says:

    I love cooking things like shish kabobs with my kids (sweet and savory) so they can actively participate and use things they like!

  15. Alisha Ross says:

    We are big coffee lovers in our house so ,I would first grind coffee beans.

  16. Alisha Ross says:

    “I’m with you on the sunshine, and even though I really appreciate rain, I’m always happy to see the sun return. Fortunately, here in the desert, we generally don’t get rain in the winter, so there’s usually sunshine available when we need it most. I like frittatas for lunch or dinner, so I’m saving this recipe for when I want to make one.

  17. Rose Martine says:

    I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

  18. Jen paytas says:

    Best GF icing and sprinkles?

  19. Rubi Kaur says:

    I simply could not leave your web site before suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the usual info an individual supply for your guests? Is gonna be back steadily to check out new posts.

  20. Hannah Flack says:

    I made this yesterday and it was a hit. I will definitely make again and again.

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