Fall is in the air, so it's the perfect time to throw together a batch of these delicious Gluten Free Halloween Cut Out Cookies! The secret is that eating these soft Halloween Sugar cookies is only half the fun! Decorating them is the really exciting part.
Many holidays are spent decorating gluten free cut out cookies at my house. It's something that is relaxing and gives us time to hang out as a family.
We can leave our worries behind and munch on our freshly baked goodies. Plus, it's fun to deliver a batch to friends or the kids' classmates. It's impossible to eat one of these Halloween cookies without a smile on your face.
Why these gluten free cut out cookies are great:
- This cut out sugar cookie recipe is easy to work with and tastes scrumptious.
- Cut out cookies are the perfect afternoon pick me up, and these Halloween cut out cookies will leave a lasting impression.
- I show you how to decorate them with the royal icing recipe. Easy peasy!
If you love cookies as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my incredible gluten free cookie recipes!
- Gluten free flour blend - I tested this recipe using Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
- Xanthan Gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- Butter - To make these gluten free Halloween cookies dairy-free, use a vegan butter.
- Food coloring - You can use regular or more natural food coloring.
Step by step directions:
Are you ready to make these delicious gluten free soft Halloween cookies? First, grab some awesome Halloween cookie cutters. I used this 5 piece Halloween Cookie Cutter Set. Next, gather the ingredients you need.
I will walk you through both the gluten free sugar cookie recipe used to make these cut out cookies, then I will show you how to make the royal icing and use it to decorate these gluten free Halloween cookies.
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
Step 2: Mix your wet ingredients in a smaller bowl then pour into the dry ingredients. Mix well into a thick cookie dough. (It should not be crumbly though!)
Step 3: Here is where I tell you I am a bit remiss and didn't get photos of the rolled-out cookie dough. I am going to list out the steps:
- Take the sugar cookie batter and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for 45 minutes until cool.
- Remove the gluten free Halloween cut out cookie dough from the refrigerator. Place on wax paper and place another piece of wax paper on top.
- Use a rolling pin to flatten and spread out the gluten free sugar cookie dough. Roll to ½ inch thickness.
- Grab your Halloween cookie cutters and press the cookie cutters down into the cookie dough.
- Place the cut out cookie dough shapes onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350º F for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
How to decorate the cookies with royal icing:
Step 1: Use an edible cookie marker to trace your designs out on the cut-out cookies.
Step 2: Whip up your homemade royal icing. You want your royal icing to be firm and not runny so it will hold its shape well.
Step 3: Put a small amount of royal icing into a bunch of different containers. Add food coloring you want to each and mix. I used these ramekins for each color icing.
Step 4: Add each colored icing into a piping bag. You do not need a frosting tip. All you want to do is snip a tiny bit off the corner so a small amount comes out.
HINT: Do not cut too much off the end of the piping bag or your royal icing will come out too thick and fast.
Step 5: This is where those lines you drew on the cookies come in handy. Pipe the icing onto a section of the cookie. Use a toothpick to spread the icing to fill a section.
Step 6: Allow the icing to dry. this gives you textured areas like the sections of the pumpkin.
Use your colors to decorate each cookie. Here my daughter is making a green icing leaf for her pumpkin cut-out cookie.
Here is a close-up to see how icing in sections works.
Adding more layers of royal icing of decoration to the Halloween cut-out cookies.
Someone had a little too much fun decorating the cat-shaped Halloween cookies :-). Here are answers to questions you may have in making these Halloween cookies:
How to prevent the cookies from spreading:
There are many reasons why gingerbread cookies spread. There are a few things you can do to remedy this issue. Take a look at these tips to prevent this from happening:
- 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 with a disaster.
- 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.
- Your oven temperature may be off. Periodically, check your oven temperature to make sure it's right. Otherwise, the cookies will, for sure, spread if it's not accurate.
- Use a cooled cookie sheet when baking. Don't take a hot cookie sheet and put the batter on it, or I promise the cookies won't turn out. They start baking immediately, and it messes with the shape of them. Use a couple of sheets and rotate them out when making large batches of cookies.
- Don't let the cookies sit on the pan too long. After they have baked, only let them sit up to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. The pan will still be hot and continue baking them otherwise.
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
They say royal icing can last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I haven't had any leftovers to test this out yet.
Yes, absolutely you can freeze gluten free sugar cookies! You can frost them beforehand and then flash freeze them.
After they are frozen to the touch, the cookies can be placed in an airtight container, and they will last 2-3 months. Then you can just grab a gluten free cookie here and there as needed.
Whenever you bake cut out sugar cookies, spreading can be a huge problem if you cut and bake them right away. You will have a lot better results if you place the gluten free Halloween cut out cookies on the baking sheet, then put them in the freezer.
I recommend just letting them sit in the freezer for around 10 minutes. This will help them stay the shapes that you want, and they are less likely to spread.
I have found that the easiest and most convenient way to keep the cookie dough from sticking to the cookie cutters is by dipping the cutter in flour.
Just use the gluten free flour blend you have on hand and dip the cutter in the flour then cut some cookies and repeat. This will keep you making uniform shaped cookies and allows you to keep your sanity.
These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
More gluten free Halloween recipes:
- Fall Time Gluten Free Pumpkin Madeleines
- Halloween Candy Gluten Free Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- Gluten Free Black Velvet Cupcakes
- Gluten Free Mummy Wrapped Hot Dogs
Gluten Free Halloween Cut Out Cookies
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 1 egg
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup butter softened a lot
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- pinch salt
- Food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- In a bowl, add your dry cookie ingredients and whisk to blend.
- Put the wet ingredients into a smaller bowl and whisk to blend.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for 45 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and place the dough on wax paper. Place another piece of wax paper on top.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is ½ inch thick.
- Take your favorite cookie cutters and cut out cookies.
- Place the cut out cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
- Make the icing!
- Using a standing mixer, add powdered sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar and salt.
- Turn the mixer on SLOW. (If you turn it on too fast, it will explode sugar everywhere!)
- Slowly mix the icing for 9 minutes until it becomes somewhat fluffy and thick.
- Decorate your cookies, don't forget to let each color icing dry before adding another color, otherwise, the colors can run together.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend in this recipe. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
- These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
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