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Gluten Free Vanilla Cookies

Makes 30

If you like vanilla, you’ll love these cookies. These gluten free treats are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea, and the recipe can easily be made vegan following our ingredient swaps.

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Vegan


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  1. Line a baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Put the butter and sugar into another bowl and beat until smooth.
  4. Beat in the milk and vanilla.
  5. Add the prepared flour and mix well.
  6. Stir in the water to make a soft dough.
  7. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking tray into 30 pieces and flatten a little with a finger or back of a spoon.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes.


large baking tray, parchment paper and mixing bowl


190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5

Cooking time

20-22 minutes
Mixture was quite soft before adding the water at the end, so only added 2 tablespoons. I placed teaspoons of the mixture on the baking tray as mixture far too wet for rolling or patting into balls. On cooking the mixture leveled out nicely forming biscuit shapes. Made 24 biscuits, and only baked for 10 minutes. Biscuits are a nice crispy texture, not a huge amount of flavour. I'll try adding almond flavouring next time, which I think will work well with the crumbly biscuits.
By Karen j Pearce
12 Jun 2019
Agree with other reviewers that these have a very good, very vanilla flavour. However, though I followed the recipe carefully, the dough was too soft to shape into balls, even with less water and more flour. Puzzling. I may try them again, with even less water and more flour to see if the dough is a bit firmer. I'm not an experienced baker with rice flour, so I was surprised at the sandy texture. Not unpleasant, just different!
By Ellen
11 Dec 2018
just made these in minutes - substituted the rice flour with self raising flour and still delicious. Half the amount of water needed if you do and only 14 minutes to cook. Great recipe!
By Clare
21 Aug 2018
I have made these several times now, they are a real hit. Light, full of flavour, very moreish! I find it useful to flour my hands to roll the balls, and sometimes put a piece of glace cherry on the top :-)
By Sally
12 May 2018
Very simple to make and yet very moreish
By Ulfa
01 Nov 2017

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