How to Make Your Own Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix with the The Best Gluten Free Flours. This Cookie Mix recipe is easy to make for a DIY cookie jar recipe or allergy-friendly baked good everyone will enjoy!
Welcome to Cookie week! We’re kickin’ things off with this guide for the best gluten free flours for baking and a recipe for an easy gluten free cookie mix sponsored by our friends at Bob’s Red Mill and their wide variety of gluten free flours! Thank you for supporting the brands that help me to create delicious gluten free recipes like this one for you! Full disclosure and privacy terms here.
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?
If you have a gluten intolerance or cook for someone who does, you probably already know that baking can sometimes be a challenge, especially during the holiday season. Between trying to figure out what gluten free flours to use, how to substitute ingredients, and more, a fun day baking in the kitchen can quickly turn into a stressful event, but don’t worry! Not only have I already a whole list of gluten free cookie recipes including The Best Ever Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brown Butter Snickerdoodles, I’m also giving you a complete guide to gluten free flours to make baking a breeze.
Keep reading to find everything you need to know from what flours are gluten free, how to use them, a foolproof gluten free flour mix, the best gluten free sugar cookie mix, and more!
The Best Gluten Free Flours for Baking (Cookie Mix in Particular)
These are my favorite gluten free flours for cookie making, thanks to Bob’s Redmill! There are more, like rice flour and chickpea flour (in particular). However, today we’re focusing on my GO TO gluten free flours to make your own cookie mix or drop cookies! Take a look to find the best option for all your gluten free cookie needs below.
- 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour – 1:1 flour is a mixture of gluten free flours, starches, and xanthan gum that is best for drop cookies like my vegan peppermint chocolate cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins, and quick breads. This flour isn’t recommended for baking with yeast. We’ll save that for the all purpose flour below!
- Gluten Free All Purpose Flour – A great option for a wide variety of baked goods and cookies, gluten free all purpose flour is made without xanthan or guar gum for a super versatile option. For instance, I use this flour in cupcakes, cakes and cookies such as these oatmeal cookies! It’s a great choice for recipes that need a binder of some sort.
- Blanched Fine Almond Flour – The perfect option for both gluten free and paleo baked goods, almond flour is a grain free flour option made from finely ground almonds.
- Gluten Free Oat Flour (or ground oats) – As the name suggests, oat flour is made from finely ground oats and is a great option for a wide variety of recipes. I used oat flour to replace all purpose flour, in most recipes. And when combined with almond flour, it makes the perfect soft cookie, pancake, or muffin!
Baking Tip: Make your own oat flour by using a high-speed blender or food processor to grind whole oats into a powder!
- Coconut Flour – Made from dried coconut flakes, coconut flour is a great gluten free option for baking, especially when combined with almond flour in recipes such as the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain free). That being said, coconut flour can be a bit tricky to use. Take a look at my tips below to ensure your baked goods turn out perfect every time!
Rules of Thumb:
Use ¼-⅓ cup of coconut flour for every 1 cup of standard wheat flour. That being said, gluten free flour tends to make a thicker batter. As a result, more liquid is needed. So, make sure you are meticulous in beating the ingredients together to ensure they are well-blended!
- Arrowroot Flour and/or Tapioca Flour – Often used interchangeably, these flours/starches help bind cookies together if you don’t have eggs! They also give volume for super fluffy recipes.
How to Make Your Own Gluten Free Flour Recipe
Don’t worry, we aren’t harvesting produce or milling ingredients for this gluten free flour. Instead, we’re going to combine a few gluten free ingredients for a flour mix that serves as the perfect base for sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more! To form a gluten free flour mix, combine 1 1/2 c to 1 2/3 cups of oat flour, 1 cup of blanched almond flour, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
Once you’ve blended your gluten free flour mix, the next step is to make your favorite cookies! Of course, there are endless recipes from which you can choose. However, no matter what cookies you make, there are a few tips that can help take any gluten free cookie recipe from good to great!
- Chill the Dough. Placing the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes can make it easier to roll out and prevent cookies from spreading too much in the oven.
- Let Your Cookies Cool Completely. Gluten free cookies can tend to be a bit crumblier than traditional cookie recipes. So, for the best results, be sure to let them cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet to ensure they stay intact.
- Use a Cookie Scoop. Given that gluten free cookies tend not to spread much in the oven, it can be helpful to use a cookie scoop to achieve the perfect size and shape!
DIY Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix (2 Ways!)
Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix in a Jar
One of my favorite ways to use gluten free flours for baking is to make sugar cookies and sugar cookie jars for gifting! Luckily, my gluten free flour mix is the perfect base for this classic recipe. Take a look below to find everything you’ll need to make your own cookie mix in a jar!
- Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oat flour (or ground oats)
- Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour
- Baking powder
- Sparkling cane sugar
- A glass jar or holiday baggie
- A gift tag (optional but super cute!)
To start, simply layer the gluten free flours in a jar. Then, add cane sugar, spices, and any other tasty add-ins such as chocolate chips, candy pieces, peppermint chips, etc., and voila! You’ve just made a DIY gift idea perfect for all the cookie connoisseurs in your life!
Baked Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Once you’ve created your gluten free flour recipe, all you have to do to bake your gluten free sugar cookie mix is to add a neutral oil (like refined avocado or coconut oil) and maple syrup! Really, that’s it. For a special touch, print off the recipe below to provide complete instructions for easy baking. Or, check out even more ways to use this gluten free flour recipe below!
Sugar Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe Ideas!
Not only is this flour mix great for gluten free sugar cookies cut-outs (see recipe card), but it’s also the perfect base for lots of other gluten free treats including:
- Holiday Sugar Cookies using Cookie Stamps
- Vegan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossoms (recipe coming soon!)
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- Vegan cookie dough cups ...Ahem, because you can totally eat the batter! You’re welcome.
No matter how you choose to use this gluten free flour mix, it’s guaranteed to provide you stress-free baking! What are your favorite cookie recipes? Let me know in the comments below. Happy baking!