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Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Hearts

  • Author: Fork & Beans
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 23 mins
  • Yield: (40) 3" cookie hearts



For the Cookie Dough:

  • 1/4 c. non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 2 Tbsp. nondairy butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. aquafaba* (brine from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 c.Cara’s GF Flour Blend
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

For the Frosting:


  1. With an electric mixer over medium speed, beat the shortening and butter together for 30 seconds. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy (approx 60 seconds).
  2. Add the aquafaba and lemon zest and beat until just combined.
  3. Throw the remaining ingredients (except for the lemon juice) into the bowl and mix over low speed until a dough is formed. The dough will look crumbly. Add the lemon juice and mix again until just combined. You will find that you are able to form a nice dough with your hands. If the dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour into the mix.
  4. Divide the dough into 3 balls. Chill for up to an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  6. The dough ball *will* be a little crumbly. Simply warm it up by passing it back and forth between your hands, smoothing it out. Roll out 1 dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper until 1/4″ thick. Cut into desired shapes.
  7. Place on baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for 5 min on sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with the other 2 dough balls.
  8. For the frosting: Mix the butter and shortening together with the powdered sugar. Add the food coloring and a teaspoon of dairy free milk and mix until nice and smooth for an easy spread.
  9. Decorate cookies with frosting, googly eyes, sprinkles, red hots, etc.


*See post for substitution ideas
** You can use an equal amount of cream cheese instead of shortening if you want