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This Jingle and Mingle holiday party is sure to be a hit! The red hot sugar cookies make the perfect addition and are so delicious!
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5 from 6 votes

Red Hot Sugar Cookies

These red hot sugar cookies are both gluten-free and so delicious! Everyone will love how buttery and soft they are and nobody will EVER know they are gluten-free!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time9 hrs 48 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: cookies, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free sugar cookies, soft cookie recipe, sugar cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Chandice


  • 1 C brown rice flour
  • 1 1/4 C white rice flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 C potato starch
  • 1/2 C tapioca starch
  • 1/3 C arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/3 C butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free almond extract
  • 1/2 C butter softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 T milk as needed to get the consistency you want
  • 1/4 C completely crushed red hot candies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add vanilla and almond extracts
  • In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined
  • Refrigerate dough for 1 hour
  • Heavily flour your work surface with white rice flour
  • Place half the dough on to surface and top with more white rice flour
  • Roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters
  • Gently place cookies on a greased or silicone mat lined baking sheet (I use a spatula)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until slightly golden brown
  • Cool on pan 3-5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack
  • Continue with the other half of the dough
  • While all the cookies are cooling, whip together butter, powdered sugar and red hot candies to make a delicious red hot frosting
  • Frost the cookies once they are completely cooled


Because of how buttery and delicious these cookies are, they are a bit more fragile. Just use lots of white rice flour on the surface you are working on as well as on top of the dough when rolling it out.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg