These gluten free sugar cookies are so perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy them over after-dinner coffee with your beloved, or share them with friends and family. Valentine’s sugar cookies are great for school, work or for someone special! Often a gluten free Valentine’s treat is hard to find, but these will impress.
Maybe you want to take some into work as a treat for your colleagues. Another idea is to package them up for your kids’ school party.
The recipe for this Valentine’s sugar cookie ensures they stay a nice crisp round shape. There are few things more frustrating than perfectly shaped cookies which spread out while baking! Could you opt for a heart shape instead? Sure, why not!
You will need to use a mixer to make the perfect dough for these gluten free sugar cookies. You will also need chilling time, so the dough can firm up in the refrigerator. This makes it easier to work with and cut out the perfect shapes.
Icing, sprinkles and nonpareils in romantic shades of red and pink are the perfect decorating idea. There is no such thing as too much pink and red on Valentine’s Day!
Why Everyone Loves Sugar Cookies
There are hundreds of types of cookies, perhaps even thousands. But sugar cookies remain a favourite for many cookie fans. Why is that?
One likely reason is sugar cookies are easy to make. You simply combine a few basic ingredients, cut the dough into shapes and bake them. As long as you weigh and measure out your ingredients properly, not much can go wrong!
Another reason is their simplicity. There is nothing to dislike with sugar cookies. The texture is perfect, the flavour is simple yet more-ish.
The most fun thing though is you can decorate them however you like. Sugar cookies can be tailored to literally any occasion from a wedding to Christmas or Easter. You could even make a crazy variation for Halloween!
Kids love these too, so why not have a cute tea party with them? I’ve loved tea parties since I was a young girl, so get the little ones dressed up and have your own family Valentine’s tea party!
Gluten Free Valentine’s Ideas
So let’s say you are planning a Valentine’s Day meal. These gluten free sugar cookies will be dessert, but what will the main dish be? There are plenty of gluten free Valentine’s dishes to choose from. These gluten free Linzer cookies for Valentine’s Day, are also one to check out.
Consider filet mignon with asparagus and hollandaise sauce, or fish poached in white wine with sautéed vegetables. If you prefer to wow your love with comfort food, anything goes!
Whatever you choose to make, one thing is for sure. You will certainly always find room for these gluten sugar free cookies after the main course!
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Recipe
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
- In a bowl sift together the flour, corn starch and salt. Mix lightly to combine.
- In the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Mix until a creamy consistency.
- Continue mixing and add the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the side of the mixer bowl if necessary.
- Next add the vanilla and mix again.
- Add the dry mixture to the mixer bowl. Mix to combine completely.
- Break the dough into two sections. Flatten each on a piece of plastic wrap, cover dough disc completely and refrigerate.
- Preheat the over the 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Once the dough disc is chilled, removed from the plastic wrap. Roll it out on a floured surface.
- Use a small to medium circle cookie cutter to cut out the sugar cookie shapes.
- Place the sugar cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes until lightly golden.
- Remove baking sheet from the over and let cool for a few minutes. Carefully place the sugar cookies on a rack to cool completely before decorating.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Tips for Decorating Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
Not everyone has the time to make difficult or overly fussy cookies. Also, everyone has their own comfort and experience levels working with icings and frostings.
These gluten free sugar cookies can be decorated however you wish. I like to frost cakes and get creative, so I made some with hearts and some with sprinkles.
I used pink, red and white icing because they’re for Valentine’s Day. You might like to work with similar shades or just stick with one colour. Red with pink might not be the greatest fashion statement, but they go perfectly on gluten free Valentine’s cakes!
Head on over to this guide to making royal icing which I found VERY informative and easy to follow. There is information on troubleshooting, products to use and consistency needed for flooding. Remember it will take some practice, so be patient with yourself.
If you are making your own icing, you will need some food colouring to get the colours you want. Alternatively you can buy ready-made coloured icing.
Bear in mind if you make your own, always make extra! Make more than you think you need because if you happen to run out, it can be very tricky to replicate the exact same colour.
Covering the top of a cookie with icing is also known as ‘flooding’ and this is pretty easy. Pipe the outline first, then fill it in. Are you adding another heart on top? Make sure the base layer of icing is fully set first and that may take several hours. Don’t rush for best results.
To help decorate these cookies, I am using a decorative scribe tool which is a great investment if you are going to be regularly decorating cookies.
Another clever idea, if you aren’t confident making shapes from your icing, is to get some edible food markers. These allow you to draw on hearts, stars or anything else you want to add to your gluten free sugar cookies. However you choose to decorate your Valentine’s sugar cookie batch, they are sure to taste amazing.
A special thank you to my friend Krista at Krista’s Cookies for helping with this recipe.
Happy Gluten Free Valentine’s!
Let me know if you try these gluten free sugar cookies. They are great Valentine’s sugar cookies. I also have another version of these cookies I call the Super Cute Easter Bunny Cookie.
Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.