Vanilla Glazed Snow Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)
Gluten-Free Vanilla Glazed Cookies Recipe

Vanilla Glazed Snow Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Rich, cake-like cookies with vanilla glaze make a colorful addition to any cookie tray.

25 min
1 hr 15 min



1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk  

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

1 3/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)

3/4 teaspoon baking soda


1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

2 to 3 tablespoons water


Hard peppermint candies, coarsely chopped

Holiday nonpareils and/or decorator candies


 *Substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1/2 cup; let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter, sugar and salt in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add buttermilk, egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until mixed. Add flour and baking soda; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 1 inch apart, onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to cooling racks; cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; stir in enough water for desired glazing consistency. Spread glaze over cooled cookies; sprinkle with decorations.

Tip #1

Gluten-Free Flour Blend: Combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Use appropriate amount for recipe; store remainder in container with tight-fitting lid. Stir before using.

Tip #2

This recipe was developed using alternative flours and products labeled as “gluten-free.” The best source for additional information is the ingredient listing on product packaging. Learn about gluten-free baking.


3Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
85Sodium (mg)
17Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  December 16, 2014

These are the best since gluten. I"m not sure what the thin batter comments were about, but I used only 1 1/2 cups flour blend and 1/2 cup sugar. I used Dove Farms gf plain white flour blend so maybe there's more starch or something to soak up the liquids; I also put in 1/2 tea. xanthan gum. My husband loves them and he doesn't usually like all that much gf stuff. This is a keeper!

— says Julia
  December 07, 2012

I made this recipe without issue! I even substituted fake butter and almond milk. I added a little more flour blend to make closer to two cups. The batter was great and they baked up great! Yum!

— says Sarah
  December 15, 2011

Very yummy with a simple frosting glaze and crushed peppermint candy canes. The texture is almost like the inside of a soft scone. Cake-like. Thank you for the gluten-free flour mix idea. Very helpful! I also added 1/2 cup more of flour mixture because batter looked thin, but I don't think it would have been necessary. Recipe probably would have turned out just like it was supposed to. :)

— says Meghan
  December 12, 2011

I made this recipe because I thought it sounded easy and good. They were awful cookies. I made them twice, thinking I had done something wrong. They came out the same way both times. Nothing like the picture, shriveled up and rubbery.

— says Carol
  March 14, 2011

These were very good. The description "cake like" is very accurate as they reminded me as much of mini-cupcakes as they do cookies. They fluffed up a lot though so I would take more care next time to spread out the spoonfuls of dough on the cookie sheet.

— says Michelle
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