If you love sugar cookies, these gluten free funfetti sugar cookies with funfetti sprinkles will be difficult to resist! Rainbow sprinkles make these gluten free cookies festive for any occasion.
Funfetti, aka Unicorn Food, is a fun way to add some color to your baking. I am taking the high road and not calling these cookies unicorn food because my teen daughter will rebel against them! Cookies don't get any better than these gluten free funfetti "unicorn cookies."
My daughter has been asking for gluten free cookies lately...but not any gluten free funfetti cookies. She wanted something more girly. I have to admit I was thrown for a loop over this request. My daughter is not the pink sparkly girly type. Do you think cookies can be girly?
Kids love the bright colors, and you will love how easy it is to make funfetti cookies! This recipe also makes an incredible chocolate chip cookie too! Keep reading because I made a fun video to show you how easy these cookies are to make! Who says sprinkles are just for kids?
Are you a cookie-holic? You will want to try out all of my delicious Gluten Free Cookie Recipes! There are so many yummy choices!
Tips For Sucess:
- Use room-temperature butter and eggs. I know that it sounds crazy to use butter and eggs at room temperature, but it dramatically helps how your cookies will turn out. You'll thank yourself later if you try it.
- Take special care to measure correctly. If you add in too much gluten free flour or other ingredients, it can mess with the cookies as they bake. If they don't have the proper ratios of ingredients, you may end up either too dry or too wet.
- Chill the dough when possible. I know you are probably ready to eat your cookies right now, but taking a few minutes to chill the batter makes them less likely to spread.
What Sprinkles Are Gluten Free?
Most sprinkles are gluten free. They are mostly sugar and food coloring. You need to be careful of the sprinkles made in facilities that also produce wheat.
Surprisingly, Wilton Sprinkles fall into this category of shared equipment. Our family has never reacted to them, but I do want you to know, as most stores carry their sprinkles.
- Supernatural Sprinkles (like these rainbows)
- Chef's Select Sprinkles are certified gluten free.
- Sweetapolita Sprinkles are gluten free and hold up well to baking.
- Unpretentious Baker Sprinkles are also gluten free.
Do you want to know a special bonus about these cookies? They are filled with almond flour. A full cup of finely ground almond flour. Sneaking some protein into these cookies, which I love to do, helps balance the sugars.
If you want to try another fun cookie, give these Gluten Free Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies a try! They are another kind of sprinkle cookie that is also really good.
These funfetti cookies are soft and delicious...but just a tiny bit crispy on the ends. It is so easy to make funfetti cookies from scratch; grab your favorite rainbow sprinkles!
Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:
Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large
I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour Blend. Other blends should work as well.
Step 2: Add the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla to a bowl and whisk to blend. Whip until it is well blended.
Step 3: Add the rainbow sprinkles to the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together.
Note you can use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment if you prefer.
Step 4: Use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Step 5: Bake at 350º F for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Remove to a cooling rack to cool.
You may also want to try these Gluten Free Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies! They are rolled in sprinkles and baked.
If you love cookies, you will also want to try these Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers!
You can freeze these funfetti cookies! I always make a double batch and then freeze half for when we crave a treat. These cookies will last 3 months in the freezer (if your family doesn't eat them all first!) Store in a large freezer-safe Ziplock bag.
You can definitely make these gluten free cookies nut-free. Omit the almond flour and increase the gluten free flour blend by ⅔ cup, so you will have 1 ⅔ cups gluten free flour blend total.
Depending on your flour blend, you will want to increase or slightly decrease the flour amount based on how moist your cookie dough is. (Some blends have a higher starch content than others, which will affect the moisture.)
You can use almond meal, but your cookies will be more grainy. Almond flour is ground much finer and is hard to detect in this recipe. Both almond flour and almond meal have the same protein content.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze these cookies in a freezer bag for up to 5 months.
This gluten free funfetti cookie recipe was updated with more details from an older August 2019 post.
More Gluten Free Cookie Recipes:
Gluten Free Funfetti Cookies
- 1 cup almond flour I used Anthony's because of the fine grind
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
- dash salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup Sprinkles lots of them 🙂
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixer, add all of the wet ingredients and mix on low until blended.
- (I am transitioning to using my mixer more. It is also easy to make in a bowl.)
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer, keeping the speed on slow.
- (In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend. Pour in wet ingredients. Add the sprinkles and mix well.)
- Add the sprinkles to the mixer.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. The baking time varies by the size of the cookies.
- Remove from the oven and move the cookies to a cooling rack.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure. That doesn't mean others will not work; I just have not tested other flours.
- Add one teaspoon if your flour blend doesn't contain xanthan or guar gum.
- Be sure your sprinkles are gluten free. Check the GF Sprinkles List.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Freeze in a freezer bag for up to 5 months.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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(*This post was updated from April 2016. I added new photos and a video.)