Decorated sugar cookies

Homemade Sugar Cookies (GF, DF, SF, NF, TF, EF)

Galentine’s Day. Singles Awareness Day. Valentine’s Day. February 14th. Whatever you’re celebrating, eat some cookies. Better yet, make them yo self. Need to make sugar cookies that are gluten-, dairy-, soy-, egg-, tree nut-, and nut-free? Keep reading. I gotchu.

This blog is a few days late because Nikki had really bad back spasms last week. It’s been a rough few days, but she’s on the mend. Shoutout to my mom helping me out. I got her a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas and she LOVES using it. She mixed all the ingredients for me. She rolled out the dough (the first time) and then I ended up making the rest of the cookies. It was the first time I’ve made cookies from scratch, so I feel pretty accomplished. πŸ˜€


Dwight Valentine's Day meme
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(Yields 24)

2 c all purpose flour (we used King Arthur Gluten-Free All-Purpose flour)

1 c sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder (use only with egg substitute)

1/2 tsp lemon flavoring or 1 tsp vanilla

3/4 c shortening OR 5 tsp coconut oil (most shortening has soy)

2 eggs or egg substitute (we used VeganEgg; 2 tbsp mix & 1 cup water=1 egg)



MixΒ  sugar, eggs/egg replacement, shortening/coconut oil, and flavoring thoroughly.

Combine dry ingredients; add gradually.

Blend well (dough will be pretty soft).

Cover and chill for one hour.

Heat oven at 400 degrees.

Flour surface and roll about 1/4 inch thick.

After cutting dough with cookies cutters, place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.



Melt 5 tbsp. butter alternative

Add 2 c powdered sugar and pinch of salt; stir

After stirring, add 2 additional cups of powdered sugar and 2 c of milk alternative.

Stir together until well blended.

Add vanilla or lemon flavoring; continue stirring

Add food coloring if desired.

Let frosting sit for several hours before decorating cookies.


Cookie dough in a blender.
Action shot.


Cookie dough batter
Who wants to lick this?


Cookie Dough Batter
Pretty soon, this will be delicious cookies.


Ball of cookie dough
A ball of happiness.


Rolled cookie dough


Heart cookie cutter


Heart shaped sugar cookies.
Cookies are love.


We decided to skip making our own frosting. Instead we decorated with Wilton Sparkle Gel. Nikki pointed out that we should practice on the thinner cookies. This was a good idea as we were on the struggle bus for a few cookies. We also had sprinkles that we added to some cookies.

Verdict: we like the sugar cookies. I would try adding more vanilla flavoring to add more flavor.


GFS Cookie
Practice cookie blog shoutout.




Plate of sugar cookies
We struggled with designs on some of our cookies.


Decorated sugar cookies
Almost don’t want to eat them. Almost.

If you liked this recipe, you might also like strawberry Rice Krispie treats,Β Snickerdoodle cookiesΒ and a Guide to Dietary-Restriction Friendly cookies. You can receive a FREE Beginners Guide to Dietary-Restriction Friendly Essentials checklistΒ  when you sign up for my mailing list (no spam, ever).


As you may remember, back in December I set a goal of reaching 5,000 views by March 31 (the one year blogaversary of GFS). We smashed that goal two months before that date! Thank YOU so much for your support!! I really appreciate it and am so grateful. With nine weeks to go, maybe I should set a new goal…


Cookies celebrating 5,000 views
Celebratory cookies <3


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34 thoughts on “Homemade Sugar Cookies (GF, DF, SF, NF, TF, EF)”

  1. HeeeeeeHaaaaa, well done you guys!!! I’m so happy that you reached your target. Congrats that’s seriously so awesome πŸ˜€ Sorry to hear about Nikki’s back though, hopefully those cookies worked their magic and helped her feel a little better.

  2. Congrats on achieving the goal of target views before your blogaversary of GFS and celebrating this sweet accomplishment with homemade sugar candies decorated with sparkles. Superb idea.

  3. These Homemade Sugar Cookies looks delightful. I bet my kids will really love this. Will absolutely give this recipe a try and give some twist of sprinkles.

  4. I hope Nikki is feeling better. I have been experiencing muscles spasms this week. This was the worst experience yet. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I’m still in so much pain. Your recipe is something I would love to try with my husband and son for Valentine’s Day. We made cookies for Christmas and he loved it.

  5. I hope that Nikki feels better!
    The cookies look yummy, and even though I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, as you said, you can eat cookies just because. I am just about to go grocery shopping so I’ll see which ingredients I can get. πŸ™‚

  6. The cookies look delicious! I’m sure they tasty equally good! I’m glad Nikki is already feeling better and Congratulations on reaching your milestone!!


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