Perfect No Chill Soft Sugar Cookies for Cut Outs

Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi

Decorating sugar cookies is such a fun holiday (or anytime) treat!  I love these cookies because they’re soft, chewy, and make cut out cookies beautifully with no chilling required.  Normally I bake using flax eggs, but this is the kind of cookie where I didn’t want the brown specks showing up throughout the cookie.  I replaced it with cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), and it turned out beautifully. It’s such a fantastic binder and holds together well in this recipe.


Have you tried this recipe?  What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!


Perfect No Chill Soft Sugar Cookies for Cut Outs (Vegan, Gluten Free):

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15 large cookies


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter* room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten free flour mix**
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free almond milk divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.
  3. In a large bowl, using either a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, beat together your butter, sugar, and light brown sugar until well blended.
  4. Combine your baking soda and a Tablespoon of hot water in a small bowl or cup. Stir until the baking soda is dissolved.
  5. To your butter and sugar mixture, add in your baking soda and water mixture, pure vanilla extract, and almond extract. Continue to mix until well blended.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together your gluten free flour blend, baking powder, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), and fine sea salt until well blended.
  7. Gradually mix in your flour mixture a little at a time until just mixed.
  8. Add in almond milk 1 Tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together and forms a silky smooth dough.
  9. Place one of your balls of dough on a lightly floured surface, using additional flour as needed to avoid sticking.
  10. Lightly flour the top of your dough.
  11. Roll out to ¼” thick between two pieces of parchment paper.
  12. Cut out cookies using your favorite festive cookie cutters.
  13. Carefully place your cookies spaced 1” apart on the lined baking sheets.
  14. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of cookies).
  15. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  16. Allow cookies to completely cool before decorating them with your favorite icing designs!

Recipe Notes

*I used Earth Balance vegan butter sticks.  This is my favorite vegan butter replacement and I prefer the sticks for baking and cooking because they have a lower water content than the tub does.  The tub has more water in it to make it more spreadable, which makes it not as ideal for baking and sauteing.

**I used Pamela’s gluten free flour blend.  I haven’t tried other blends and can’t vouch for how well they would turn out.  Pamela’s has a delicate flavor profile and is my favorite mixture for this type of baking.

***If you don’t want to use a store bought blend, the homemade mixture I would use is: 1 cup white rice flour, 1/2 cup potato starch, 1/4 cup tapioca starch, and 2 Tablespoons psyllium husk.

Try these perfect and delicious no chill cut out sugar cookies.  You'd never guess that these yummy cookies are both vegan and gluten free!  Have a blast decorating these with your kids, friends, or loved ones. - by Veggie Lexi

Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi

Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi
Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi
Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi
Vegan and Gluten Free - No Chill Cut Out Sugar Cookies - by Veggie Lexi

5 thoughts on “Perfect No Chill Soft Sugar Cookies for Cut Outs

  1. Kristen says:

    Question: If I want to make this nut free as well, can I opt to not add the almond extract and use soy milk instead of the almond milk?


    • Lexi says:

      Hi Kelly, I hope you love them! For the icing I normally make a basic icing by whisking together 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract, and about 2 Tablespoons of almond milk (water works, too). You can also add 1 teaspoon of light corn syrup if you want it to be really shiny. If it’s too thick, add another 1/2 Tablespoon of almond milk, if it’s too thin, add 2 more Tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar. You want it to drizzle nicely in a thin strand from the spoon and hold the drizzle strands for a couple of seconds before they disappear back into the icing. Once it’s the right consistency, you can add food coloring of your choice. You need to wait until the cookies are completely cooled before icing them. Hope that helps! -Lexi

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