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Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

December 11, 2015

Easy to work with gluten free cut out cookie dough will have soft and sweet sugar cookies ready in no time perfect for decorating!

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What a fun time of the year to get in the kitchen and do something fun with the kids!

I have such fond memories of decorating sugar cookies as a family when I grew up, and years ago when I had my first toddler in the house just learning about the wonder of the season, I just knew I wanted to give her those same memories.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!This is the cut out cookie recipe I have been making for the last few holiday seasons. I really love how easy the dough is to work with – remember I am *not* a baker and it is not my favorite kitchen thing to do (well other than the memories!). The hint of vanilla with just a slight warm cinnamon really makes these cookies so special.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!Tips For Making & Decorating Cut Out Cookies With Kids

1. Take it one step at a time. In fact I highly recommend with really little ones not to do everything all in one day. Since the dough has to chill, and cookies have to cool before decorating, there is a lot of nice time to break up so the kids don’t feel like they are waiting “forever”. This year I made the dough with all 3 girls, and then at my 2 year old’s nap time we rolled out the chilled dough to bake with my 4 and 6 year olds. I then put the cookies into the freezer until the following weekend when we had enough time to frost them. They definitely can be done all in one day – just have some other things planned during the dough chilling and cookie cooling wait times such as decorating Christmas cards for grandparents, watching a holiday movie, or other holiday kitchen recipes!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!2. Show them how to do the task first. Whether pouring flour, cracking an egg, using a cookie cutter, or frosting a cookie, show them an example first. This is specifically helpful with the decorating. While I want them to decorate them how they wish, I like to show them how much frosting is appropriate for spreading 😉

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!3. Use small amounts of dough for the ones that want to try rolling it out. Listen, I am just as much of a perfectionist as anyone else – it can be hard for me to stay back and let them learn how to roll dough out nicely! I have learned that letting the dough warm up so it feels a little more pliable like a play-doh but not so warm that it squishes, and using smaller amounts makes it easier for them to roll it out neatly. This is the first year that I didn’t have to help my oldest at all – and she is 6 and works in the kitchen a lot with me. Be patient but it does come – and they will forever remember you trusting them enough to let them do it.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!4. Set out easy to manage decorating ingredients. If the sprinkles, for instance, come in a big bottle with no shaker top, either put them in a old shaker container, or put a small amount on a plate or bowl that they can pinch and sprinkle onto the cookies. If using dried fruit or chopped nuts use little bowls that they can scoop from. My 4 and 6 year olds manage a regular butter knife for spreading just fine, but as toddlers we used these smaller spreading knives.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!5. Realize attention span grows with age 🙂 This is the first year my girls did all the decorating themselves. As toddlers the attention lasts about 1 or 2 cookies in before they want to eat one and are done. Embrace that age and just roll with it! Eventually they will turn 6 and you will have no cookies to decorate for yourself! Even at age 2 or 3 those memories are beginning to build and they will cherish that you spent time with them to do something so fun.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!Ok! So onto the cookies! Be sure to scroll through the natural decorating ideas at the bottom of the recipe!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!
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Ingredients
  • FOR THE COOKIES:
  • 1 cup softened butter (if you are dairy free, you can use palm shortening)
  • 1 cup organic pure cane sugar (could use sucanat but the color will come out darker)
  • 1 egg (if you are egg free you can use a gelatin egg or flax egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (Do not leave this out – it helps the cookies rise. You will have a melted mess without it...I have the mess to prove it! It also makes rolling out the dough so much easier.)
  • FOR THE FROSTING
  • 1 cup organic powdered cane sugar
  • 2 TB softened butter
  • 1-2 TB milk or coconut milk
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and blend.
  3. Add the flours and xanthan gum. Mix until well combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Take the dough out of the fridge, and let it come to room temp for about 30 minutes.
  6. Lay out some parchment paper on the counter and flour it with white rice flour. Flour your hands and use the warmth of your hands to gently knead the dough, and then roll out the dough. (Use white rice flour on the rolling pin and parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking)
  7. Cut out your shapes and bake on a silpat (or parchment paper) lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.
  8. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating. To make the frosting, just blend the frosting ingredients until smooth. You can add more milk if you wish for a thinner, more royal icing type of frosting.

And then of course there is the decorating! Here are some ideas and tips!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

  • I’ve been using these naturally dyed sugar sprinkles for the last few years and I just love how easy they are. We make a the simple white frosting and the sprinkles brighten them right up!
  • That same brand has not only the naturally dyed sugar sprinkles, but snowflakes, “jimmies” shapes, and I also found this brand of natural colored confetti sprinkles!
  • When I had really little ones – as in I only had toddlers in the house, we used dried fruit and/or crumbled nuts for decorating. You can even just bake raisins, apricots, or cranberries right into the cookie and skip the frosting all together if you want – which is what I often did for my toddlers. They are just happy to get a cookie – they won’t even miss the frosting 🙂
  • I like these naturally colored, organic candy canes – you can crush them up and sprinkle on top!
  • Shave some fair trade dark chocolate to sprinkle on top, or use these allergen friendly mini chocolate chips.
  • This is a great DIY natural food dye you can make up ahead of time if you have the time – I have tried all the colors and they really work well!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!If you tolerate gluten, you must check out these great sugar cookies from my friend Kristin at Live Simply  using Einkorn wheat flour!

To find more real food treat ideas, you can follow my Treat Ideas Board on Pintrest!

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26 Comments

  • Reply Raia December 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I’ve been looking for an easy sugar cookie recipe to use with my mini-chefs. 😉 I think we’ll be giving this one a try!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Oh great Raia! Let me know how they turn out!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish December 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    So fun! Such sweet photos of the girls. Enjoy the cookies!

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  • Reply Emily December 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Looks great! I will try these out with a gelatin egg and report back. Is your white frosting recipe on the blog? I know I can find another one elsewhere but I always trust the yumminess of your recipes!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 16, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Hi Emily! Yes for sure let me know how the gelatin egg goes! The frosting recipe is right there in the recipe card above – it is really yummy!

  • Reply Jessica December 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

    These look great and so fun!

  • Reply The Food Hunter December 15, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I don’t have little ones but this sure does look fun!

  • Reply anna@greentalk December 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Good tutorial for adults too!

  • Reply linda spiker December 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Love this! the recipe, the kids, the photos! Pinned and shared!

  • Reply Megan Stevens December 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    The cookies look perfect. And I love the kids’ expressions. What an amazing time of year and activity to share!

  • Reply Carol December 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    What a great post! Loved it all. Easy directions and lots of great energy and fun with the kids!
    Thanks. Will pin and attempt to make the time — they would be a hit with family this Christmas–for sure!

  • Reply Sylvie December 16, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Such nice tips for building wonderful family memories together!

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  • Reply Amy December 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I just pulled the first batch out of the oven and they just spread out all over the pan 🙁 I used the xanthan gum. Idk what I did wrong. Maybe the flax egg doesnt work? Any advice before I waste this double batch I made?

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hi Amy! Oh that stinks! I wonder if it just isn’t enough bind with one flax egg? I think I would add another flax egg or some gelatin and see what happens? Keep me posted – I think with it being just one egg to replace we should be able to figure it out!

  • Reply Amy December 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Another flax egg did the trick!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Oh great! Thanks for coming back to let us know!

  • Reply Abctfamily December 23, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I had a similar experience when trying to replace the egg with gelatin 🙁 But they are still tasty!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      It sounds like if the egg is being replaced you almost need to use 2 replacer eggs so maybe try that next time!

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