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Gluten Free Vanilla Cookies

Makes 24-30 cookies

If you like vanilla, you’ll love these cookies. These gluten free treats are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, 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. Rub some oil around the inside of a large baking tray or insert a baking liner and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Put 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. Beat in the milk and vanilla.
  4. Add the prepared flour and mix well.
  5. Stir in the water to make a soft dough. If very soft chill the dough for 10 minutes.
  6. Divide the mixture into 24-30 pieces and roll each into a ball.
  7. Transfer the dough balls to the prepared baking tray, flattening them slightly.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
  9. Store cold biscuits in a tin.


Large baking tray and mixing bowl


190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5

Cooking time

20-22 minutes
Made these without vanilla and with a teaspoon of dried ground ginger - they were delicious. Didn't need to add any water at the end and they turned out perfect, only cooking for 10 minutes. Not sure how I could have made more out of the recipe but will certainly be making again.
By M
15 Nov 2019
I melted the butter before creaming it with the sugar so the recipe was too wet. So I pimped it by adding some more rice flour a bit of corn flour and some icing sugar till the dough resembled something I could mould into cookie shapes. I might have also added some chocolate buttons on top! The result was awesome. Arguably better than my other biscuit recipe using flour.
By Holly Swainson
30 Oct 2019
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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