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Blogger Gluten-Free Cookie Swap

Lena Kwak
2013 American Made Winner
Blogger Gluten-Free Cookie Swap

I saw this post, "8 Steps to Hosting a Cookie Swap," the other day on I love this idea! Who doesn't want to nibble on a box of assorted cookies during the holiday season?

Of course, the Martha Stewart team is staffed with baking geniuses. I also love the following super-helpful tops and tricks for gifting holiday cookies:

Tip 1: Packaging

Honestly, it’s hard to choose from all the great ideas, but I adore how the cookies in the jar look –– especially with the festive touch. Get more cookie packaging tips

Tip 2: Shipping

These tips are very important to protect the precious cargo! 

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Photo courtesty of Weelicious

This year at Cup4Cup, we decided to do a cookie-swap contest with a few of our favorite bloggers. Here is Weelicious founder Catherine McCord’s wonderful Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe made gluten-free with Cup4Cup.

Gluten-Free Holiday Sugar Cookies


2 cups Cup4Cup multipurpose gluten-free flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

For the icing: 

1 cup powdered sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk or water 


  1. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. 
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture until the dough comes together.
  5. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper, shape into a disk, cover, and refrigerate until firm, about 20-30 minutes. 
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  7. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. 
  8. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Place on a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating. 
  11. For the icing: Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. 

Note: Contributor recipes are not tested by the Martha Stewart test kitchen. 

Lena Kwak
About the Author
A graduate of Rhode Island’s Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute, Cup4Cup President and Co-Founder, Lena Kwak, began her culinary career as a private chef and caterer. To explore a growing interest in nutritional science, she pursued an externship with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. As a Research & Development Chef, Kwak was assigned to test and create new edible ... Read More

Comments (5)

  • pattipoopidoo 4 Sep, 2014

    Also, the person here pretending to work for Martha Stewart is Lena Kwak...and she owns this flour company marketing the gluten-sensitivity myth.

  • pattipoopidoo 4 Sep, 2014

    This is an advertisement for cup4cup flour. Only 1% of the population has celiac, and studies have shown there is NO scientific proof that gluten-sensitivity exists.
    Advertising a Gluten-free cookies swap for 1% of the ridiculous.

  • LuTee 20 Nov, 2014

    Lena is listed as a 'food contributor', and as for the population being sensitive to gluten, that is correct, there are people who are sensitive (not the majority but a large minority) and have celiac disease, my husband who is one. It is refreshing to see 'contributors' who do respond to various health issues, thank you.

  • gffoodie365 28 Dec, 2014

    I came across this GF sugar cookie recipe when looking for a recipe template so as to neatly compile my various GF recipes. As a member of the 1% with Celiac, I would like to express my appreciation to Martha Stewart and her contributors for considering the needs of those with food allergies and sensitivities.

  • Ma1ja 19 Apr, 2014

    Hello, I followed that picture from Pinterest with great excitement.
    I thought I was coming to a recipe for those incredible looking
    butterfly cookies at the top of the page.
    Is there a link to that recipe that I am missing?