Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Holiday Lemon Sugar Cookies

Gluten-free lemon sugar cookies
Gluten-free lemon sugar cookies photo by Brynn Houska
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Calories: 125

This recipe was originally published in 2010.

This reader-favorite recipe may be the best sugar cookies you’ve ever eaten. Not too sweet with just the right amount of lemon. The dough holds up to any rolling pin. Perfect for the holidays, they can be cut into spooky shapes and decorated for Halloween. They can be made egg free with good results.

Gluten-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies
Gluten-free lemon sugar cookies photo by Brynn Houska

Note: Gluten-free egg replacer is available from Ener-G Foods.

Royal Icing

1½ cups confections’ sugar
1 large pasturized egg white or powdered egg white mixed with water to equal 1 egg white
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon gluten-free lemon extract
Food coloring

1. Beat sugar and egg white with electric beater.

2. Add lemon juice and lemon extract and beat until ingredients are incorporated.

3. Separate icing into small bowls and stir in a drop or two of different food coloring, as desired.

4. Chill icing until you’re ready to decorate cooled cookies. Spread icing on cookies, as desired.

TIP: Pasteurized egg whites have been heated to eliminate bacteria. Do not use raw unpasteurized egg whites in this recipe.

For egg-free icing, replace egg white with 1½ teaspoons egg replacer mixed in 4 teaspoons warm water. Add mixture to sugar and proceed with recipe, as instructed.

Yields 36 cookies


  • 1¼ cups Mary’s All-Purpose Flour Blend
  • ½ cup tapioca flour/starch
  • 1-⅓ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter or dairy-free substitute, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg or egg-free substitute
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free lemon extract


1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Set aside.

3In the large bowl of a mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat for 3 minutes until mixture is a pale yellow.

4Add in egg, vanilla extract and lemon extract.

5Add dry ingredients, slowly mixing until dough forms. Place bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

6Remove half the dough and roll out onto a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Use star shapes or other cookie cutters to cut out cookies and place them on prepared cookie sheets. Reroll scraps of dough. If dough becomes too sticky, chill again. Repeat with second half of dough.

7Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes until light brown. Remove and let cool thoroughly before handling and decorating.

1 cookie contains 125 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 19mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, sugars, 1g protein.