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These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You’ll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You'll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

Since moving to Michigan last year back in 2015(ohmygosh it’ll be a full year next month it’s been 4 years!) I have been doing my best to create new traditions with new friends since I don’t live close enough to my family to pop home for a holiday anymore.

So there was Friendsgiving where we served these bomb diggity {I’m bringing this word back. You’re welcome.} mozzarella stuffed dinner rolls.

Then Friendsmas with this adorable tablescape and delicious mascarpone cake.

And with Easter quickly approaching I’m already brainstorming recipes for when our friends come over. And a cute name for this holiday celebrated with friends who are quickly becoming family. Friendster? …I’ll keep thinking

These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You'll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

Meaghan, Why gluten free sugar cookies?

So, Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar ( obviously), and gluten, which has become an ” offensive” word for growing number of peeps. Ok, I know it’s an actually allergy, which sincerely sucks. 

One of the friends in our little group has a gluten intolerance that makes things like cake, bread, cookies, and pizza pretty much the devil and we’ll often have sweets whenever we get together. I mean, duh. I’m there. So, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at gluten free baking for awhile.

She gave these simple frosted sugar cookie bars two thumbs way, way up and they will definitely be gracing the table at this year’s…Freester? I’ll get it, y’all. Don’t worry. See! You can still have delectable cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend.  These gluten free sugar cookie bars  can be made for any celebration, holiday,or event. All you need to do is change the frosting color and add coordinating sprinkles.These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You'll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

What is a good gluten free baking blend for sugar cookies?

I’m a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill anyhow but when I found out they had gluten free flour that could be substituted 1 to 1 with regular flour in any recipe I was like…freaking out. Every recipe to date that I had come across to make anything gluten free required some sort of homemade gluten free flour blend that I had to go out and buy 80 different ingredients for. No, thanks. I love you M but I have to draw the line at 80 ingredients just to make flour.

Lucky for me (and any other lazy gluten free foodie out there) Bob’s Red Mill does all the work for you and this flour blend is specially formulated for amazing taste and texture so you won’t need any expensive specialty ingredients to make your gluten free goodies shine!

 

These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You'll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

Meaghan

These simple sugar cookie bars are soft, gluten free, and a perfect treat for Easter! You'll want to make these gluten free sugar cookies over and over!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 20 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Food coloring of choice, optional
  • Rainbow sprinkles for decorating, optional

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well, scraping down sides of the bowl.
  2. Sift in flour and baking powder and mix until combined.
  3. Press dough into an even layer in a 9x13 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make frosting whip butter in a stand mixer until pale yellow, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add powdered sugar 1/2 a cup at a time, mixing well after each addition until completely incorporated.
  7. Add food coloring, if desired, and mix well until color is completely incorporated.
  8. Spread over cooled cookies and add sprinkles immediately to wet frosting.
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Erin

Friday 4th of March 2016

These look fabulous! And this is perfect, because my kids have a few friends who are gluten free. So I'll have to start making these when they are coming over!

Meaghan

Friday 4th of March 2016

Yes! I really like these! They have a texture similar to shortbread and the frosting makes me happy because...frosting ;)

~Meaghan