Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (with Just 1 Gram of Sugar!)

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The holiday season is the baking season. And that means cookies, cakes and pies will soon be popping out of ovens and gracing the tables.

And of all of the sweet treats that bring people together this time of year, none are quite as fun to make (or able keep little hands as busy) as the classic sugar cookie.

With a few cookie cutters and a jar of sprinkles, you can transform your kitchen into Mrs. Claus’s bakeshop and create wonderful memories as you cut, decorate and bake.

Of course, sugar cookies are not the healthiest foods on your holiday table. As their name implies, they’re packed with sugar, not to mention refined wheat flour. These fun foods that target children are also packed with heart-stopping trans fats (in the form of partially hydrogenated oils) and artificial colors. pillsburyTake a look at the ingredients in Pillsbury Snowman Shape Cookies:

Enriched Flour Bleached, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Water. Contains 2% or less of: Eggs, Baking Powder (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), Salt, Red 40, Artificial Flavor, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Even if you choose an organic slice and bake cookie – made without trans fat and fake colors – you’re still getting a hefty 10 grams of sugar per serving (and 20 grams of grain-based carbohydrates). And who eats just one of these cookies?

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies: Naughty or Nice?

Unfortunately, most gluten-free sugar cookies are not much better. While they are free of inflammatory gluten, most manufacturers replace the wheat with high-glycemic rice flour (which has also been shown to contain arsenic) and other ingredients (like potato starch) that can send your blood sugar soaring.

And whether you’re a big kid or a little kid, this is bad news for your health. As blood sugar rises, so does insulin, triggering the storage of fat around your belly. And this “visceral” fat is far more dangerous to your health than the “extra padding” you may have on your thighs or bottom that’s a bit dimpled or jiggly.

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The reason? Visceral fat goes deep and can surround your liver, heart and other vital organs. And it doesn’t just sit there. Belly fat is highly metabolically active, producing inflammatory compounds called cytokines that promote a wide range of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other chronic illness.

Experts agree that the best way to reduce belly fat is by reducing carbohydrates, sugars and starches in the diet (especially from grains) as well as engaging in vigorous exercise several times a week.

Does that mean there’s no room in your diet for a good ole fashioned sugar cookie?

Of course not! Using intelligent ingredients, you can make gluten-free sugar cookies that contain NO grains, NO starches – and produce very little impact on your blood sugar.

And that’s exactly what we did when we created our Sugar” Cookies Mix.

Super Simple, (Almost) Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free “Sugar” Cookies in 20 Minutes Flat

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies FrontMade from wholesome, high-protein almond flour and sweetened with a perfect combination of zero glycemic non-GMO erythritol, stevia, and a touch of coconut sugar, our sugar cookie mix will help you make the pillowy soft sugar cookies you know and love. And with less than one gram of sugar per serving, these are sweet treats you won’t feel guilty about eating or sharing with family and friends.

By adding just a few ingredients (coconut oil, eggs and vanilla) to our Sugar” Cookies Mix, you’ll turn out beautiful golden holiday cookies that will delight kids of all ages.

For cut-out cookies, follow the instructions on the package, chill the dough, roll to desired thickness on wax paper or parchment paper, then cut your shapes. Of course, you’ll want to roll the leftover dough flat again and repeat. Use a spatula to transfer the cut outs to a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 F just until the edges begin to turn a nice golden brown (time will vary depending on thickness of your dough).

For a soft cookie that puffs and falls, producing a nice crackly top, add ½ tsp. cream of tartar, mixing with other ingredients as directed. Chill, then roll into golf-ball sized balls, place on cookies sheet and flatten slightly. Bake at 350 F for 9-12 minutes to a buttery golden and just beginning to brown around the edges.

If you want to make the most beautifully decorated cookies this year – without the harmful artificial colors that accompany traditional sprinkles – try India Tree All Natural Nature’s Colors Decorating Sugars.

red snowflakeLIMITED TIME OFFER! Use promo code SANTA at checkout for 10% off your entire order. Expires December 17th, 2014.

Looking for the perfect treat for Santa this year? Grab our Santa’s Sampler including 1 Drinking Chocolate, 1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, 1 Sugar Cookie Mix, 1 Ginger Spice Cookie Mix for just $42.95. That’s 6 dozen cookies and 35 cups of rich and steamy hot cocoa!

And don’t forget… as always, all orders over $100 ship free!


  1. Beth says

    thanks for doing what you do and a question, I am wondering if you have a Gingerbread or gingersnap recipe?

    thanks, MissB

  2. Graham says

    My Dear Kelly,
    I got so excited about your cookies!
    But alas, I cannot purchase your cookie mixes in the UK.
    So disappointed!
    You have sometimes put cookie recipes on your site without having to buy mixes!
    Have you the basic recipe for this without your mix, please?
    Thank you,

    • Kelley says

      Hello Graham,
      Thank you for your kind note, and I’m sorry to disappoint you. If we could get our goodies there reasonably, we surely would!

      We do have a recipe book (a PDF download) that will teach you how to use the ingredients we use here at Wellness Bakeries. It is called Guilt Free Desserts and you can check it out here:

      As I mentioned to Linda below, we have a brand new revised edition that is also available now when you buy.

      Happy Holidays!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I would like to order your Santa’s sampler but can’t see where/how – no link is
    provided for me to do that. Do you deliver to Australia? If so, how much is the
    shipping? Does that free shipping for over $100 purchase apply to us here down


    • Kelley says

      Hello Elizabth,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We would love to ship to Australia. But since it is all the way around the world from Utah, the shipping is astronomical – from $40-$70 per box. Ouch! Some of our friends downunder are wiling to pay those prices and we will ship internationally upon request. If you are interested, please send us an email with your order items and we can get that going for you.

      Happy Holidays!

  4. LindaCRH says

    Hi Kelley and all!

    I recently purchased two of your cookbooks before I found out that you have this yummy site! Before purchasing a mix, though, I want to try the recipes in BETTER BREADS, and GUILT FREE DESSERTS.

    The only question I have is, “Do you have any advice for us folks at high altitude?” I live at 8,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains and am wondering if there is anything I need to know about using your recipes up here where the air is thin. I probably need to address this issue whether I try baking from scratch or even if I end up using a mix.

    I plan to try anyway, but it would be awesome to get a boost before making a big mistake and having things fall flat. I want to get started before Christmas!


    • Kelley says

      Hello Linda!
      Thank you for your patronage and your questions.

      Sounds like we are practically neighbors! We are in northern Utah at high altitude and all of our mixes have been tested here as well as in our previous Florida location without any noticeable difference. So bake away in the Rockies without worry!

      Also, please watch for the announcement of the new Guilt Free Desserts book – we just completed the recipes and I think you will find a lot of holiday treats you’ll love in there – from chewy brownies and sponge cake, to snickerdoodles, butter pecan cookies and gingersnaps. As a customer, of course, you will received the updated copy free of charge.

      Happy Holidays!

      • Jerry says

        I recently purchased your “Better Breads” and “Guilt-Free Desserts”. Does that mean I will receive an updated copy of Guilt_Free Desserts including The sugar cookie recipie.
        I have been purchasing ingredients and have baked several breads and a few desserts with good results. I will try the Girl Scout cookies next. Thanks for the good recipes.

  5. Sherri Marini says

    I have a purchased a copy of your guilt free desserts and I have the updated version as well. I don’t see the sugar cookie recipe though. How can I get this recipe? What book is it in?

    • Kelley says

      Hi Sherri,
      Thanks for your note.

      I’m not sure who said there was a sugar cookie recipe in the new book, but it was not me :-). There are lots of great cookie recipes as I noted above like snickerdoodles, butter pecan cookies and gingersnaps. The butter pecan cookies are very sugar cookie-esque, so I bet you could work with that recipe a bit to create your own version.

      Happy Holidays!

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