Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

The best chocolate sugar cookies topped with strawberry buttercream frosting and made gluten free and vegan for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Soft and fluffy sugar cookies infused with chocolate and decorated with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Chocolate sugar cookies. The best gluten free valentines day cookies

What you need to make these chocolate sugar cookies

These super soft and fluffy sugar cookies come together rather quickly and there’s no chilling required. You can have these cookies in just 30 minutes from start to finish!

  • vegan butter, room temperature
  • cane sugar or Truvia for a lightened up version
  • brown sugar or Truvia brown sugar for a lightened up version
  • vanilla extract
  • gluten free baking flour or regular all purpose for none gluten free
  • tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • almond milk or plant based milk

for the frosting

  • vegan butter, room temperature
  • powdered sugar
  • almond milk
  • freeze dried strawberries, blended into a powder
  • sprinkles

If you are anything like me and are the absolute worst at decorating sugar cookies, then you are in luck because this frosting is perfect for piping star decorations.

Chocolate sugar cookies. The best gluten free valentines day cookies

can’t get enough gluten free desserts? 

I hear ya! These gluten free and vegan chocolate sugar cookies are quickly becoming one of my favorites and if you like this recipe than you will love these gluten free dessert recipes:

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Here is the complete list of healthy dessert recipes on this site – enjoy!

Chocolate sugar cookies. The best gluten free valentines day cookies

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Happy Baking!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

The softest gluten free and dairy free chocolate sugar cookies with strawberry buttercream frosting
Pin Recipe
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, gluten free, vegan
Keyword: chocolate sugar cookies, sugar cookies, valentine’s day
Servings: 16
Author: Ciarra Siller


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar or Truvia
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar or Truvia
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free baking flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3-4 tbsp almond milk

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered freeze dried strawberries blended
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp almond milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter, cane sugar and brown sugar with a handheld mixer on high until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and continue mixing until combined. In another bowl, stir together the gluten free baking flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder and baking soda until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until a dry dough forms. Add in the almond milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. 
  • Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper until it's 1/4 inch in thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Bake for 7-10 minutes. For super soft cookies, don't over bake them.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, place the butter into a large mixing bowl and beat using a hand held mixer until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, freeze dried strawberries and almond milk at the same time and then continue mixing until everything is well blended. Add in more powdered sugar as needed until you reach your desired consistency.
  • You can decorate the cookies however you like but I prefer to place the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe frosting stars over the cookies. Top with sprinkles and serve.


If you have any questions or want to tell me about how this recipe turned out, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below this recipe card at the bottom! I love hearing from you!

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4 years ago

These are really so cute.

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