I have a confession. I don’t make cut-out cookies during the holidays. Not sugar cut-out cookies. Not butter cut-out cookies. Not ginger cut-out cookies for gingerbread people. Not even the gluten-free cream cheese cut-out cookies that I’m sharing with you today.
Oh, don’t get me wrong … I get as excited as the next person when I see a plate of beautiful cut-out cookies at Christmas—especially when they’re gluten-free! But it’s simply too busy during the Christmas and New Year holidays for me to have a relaxing experience baking cookies. And I really want my cookie baking time to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
January and February, which both come with a much slower pace than Christmas, have always been my favorite months of the year to make cut-out cookies. Snow days are absolutely my favorite time to make cut-out cookies but, of course, snow days don’t always materialize—even when you’re in an area that gets snow. Baking cut-out cookies for Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite activity for me. I love using my heart cookie cutter and seeing a plate full of pretty heart cookies!
Actually, even when it’s not Valentine’s Day, I love making heart-shaped cookies. So when I saw my good friend Iris Higgins’ (Your Fairy Angel) gluten-free cream cheese cut-out cookies in heart shapes—with a perfectly placed single chocolate chip on each cookie—I was completely smitten! That was just by looks alone. When you consider that these are basically cheesecake cookies, I am sure you will be as well!
Note that this recipe is another one that Iris has graciously agreed to share with gfe readers. You can see all of the recipes that Iris has shared with gfe readers to date here. (They include Lemon Bars, Vegan French Bread, and Paleo Zucchini Coconut Waffle Wraps, and a few more of her recipes will be coming to gfe in the future!) By the way, Iris is also the author of the highly praised gluten-free cookbooks The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide Part 1 and The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide Part 2.
Now let’s get back to those delicious cookies! I suggest using not only heart cookie cutters, but any others that will result in cookies that your sweetheart will love. I have many cookie cutters that have special meaning for Mr. GFE! They include a camel, which was his college mascot; a moose (after years of motorcycling in Maine, we finally saw one!); a guitar (we love music); a bear (he’s happy to eat bear cookies, but would prefer not to see any when we’re camping); and a house (we love our home).
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Cut-Out Cookies Recipe
*The above photos were made with regular cane sugar, but you can also use coconut palm sugar or another granulated sugar. The flavor and color will be different, but they will still be delicious! Yield: This batch made 17 cookies of varying shapes and sizes.
*The above photos were made with regular cane sugar, but you can also use coconut palm sugar or another granulated sugar. The flavor and color will be different, but they will still be delicious!
Yield: This batch made 17 cookies of varying shapes and sizes.
Originally published February 12, 2017; updated November 28, 2021.