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Gluten-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies

These Gluten-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies are rich and buttery, sweet and tart, and soft and flaky. Made with lemon juice and lemon extract, vanilla, and gluten-free flour, these cookies come together in under 25 minutes for a mouthwatering treat your tastebuds will enjoy! {GF + DF + SF}

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free baking flour (for this recipe we used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/41/3 cup powdered sugar (more or less as desired)
  • 1/2 cup allergen-friendly buttery spread (I use Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or monkfruit sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled is fine)
  • 12 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees. Combine the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt in a bowl and set aside. Pour powdered sugar into a separate small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until softened. Then add the granulated sugar and beat on a LOW to MEDIUM speed until blended. Next add the two eggs and blend until smooth. Pour  the lemon juice, lemon extract, and vanilla extract into the wet mixture and blend until combined. Finally, pour the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and blend until smooth. You may need to add the flour mixture in batches so as not to overwhelm the mixer.
  3. Roll the dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch balls, roll them in the powdered sugar, and then place them at least an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating once halfway through the baking time. Remove from oven, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired, and let cool slightly before serving.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to four days.

    Notes

    • Gluten-Free Flour: Not all gluten-free flours are exactly the same. We’ve made these lemon cookies with Extra White Gold Gluten-free Flour that produced a condensed, moisture-packed cookie. And we’ve made these with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour, which produced flakier crinkle-like cookies (pictured here) with a deceptively soft, airy center. Both flours produced the same great lemony sugar taste. But each one produced a different texture. I suggest playing around with flours to get the consistency you like best.
    • Baking times. Be careful not to over-bake these cookies. They will appear soft straight out of the oven and will solidify as they cool. I make a point to check at 8 minutes, and if I feel they need to bake longer, then I check every 30-60 seconds thereafter.
    • Monkfruit sweetener vs. granulated sugar: Monkfruit sweetener will produce a denser, mound-like cookie, whereas granulated sugar will produce a light, crinkle-style cookie (pictured)