stacked circle shaped suagr cookies atop a weathered cookie sheet with holiday cookie cutters

Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 139 kcal
Author Tessa



  • 1 cup butter slightly softened (like Soy Free Earth Balance "butter" sticks, or grass-fed butter, may use half palm shortening
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar I use part stevia to replace some of the sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract you can also use almond, maple or any other flavor, or omit completely



  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar see my corn free powdered sugar post for options
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon at a time, it thins quickly


  1. In a larger bowl, cream the butter and sugar until creamy and mixed.  Scrape down sides if necessary.

  2. Add the applesauce (or egg), vanilla and lemon extracts and beat until everything is combined.

  3. With the mixer running, add in your dry ingredients.  Start with the sea salt, baking powder, and guar gum first, then follow with the flours.  Blend well to form a stiff dough.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  5. Divide the dough into two equal balls.  Wrap one and  put it in the fridge while you work with the first half.  Dust your surface with any flour, and dust your 1st ball of dough.

  6. Roll out to desired thickness, I do about 1/4 inch.  If the dough seems overly soft, throw the whole cookie sheet into the freezer to firm up while you preheat the oven.

  7. Cut out your cookies, and gather the remaining pieces to add to the next roll out.
  8. I always like to test one out in the oven first to make sure it stands and add more flour if necessary!
  9. Bake in 350-degree oven for about 8 minutes until lightly golden around the edges (end time will depend on the thickness and size of your masterpieces!).

  10. Let rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  When cool, frost if desired.

  11. Repeat the process with the second ball of dough!


  1. Melt the butter in a dish. Add the powdered sugar and mix with the vanilla and 1-2 teaspoons of milk to start. A thick and stiff frosting will become dry and firm when dry and is easier to decorate with and store, and a little bit of milk goes a LONG way!
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.