Looking for gluten free Christmas cookies to make this holiday season? I've rounded up 21 of the best easy to bake recipes that taste just like the classic and traditional recipes! Great for cookie exchanges, parties or gifting! Many recipes are also dairy free!
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Snickerdoodles Without Cream of Tartar
- Italian Anise Cookies
- Matcha Cookies
- Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies
- No Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Christmas German Almond Horns
- Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Oat Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate meringues
- Almond Flour Shortbreads
- Easy Macaroons
- Salted Brownie Crinkles
- Christmas Pinwheels
- Maple Pecan Cookie Recipe
- Macadamia Cookies
- Vegan Lemon Shortbreads
- White Chocolate Gingerbreads
- Monster Cookies
- Expert Tips & Things You Need to Know
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms
Whether you have an intolerance or need to avoid gluten altogether, Christmas can be a tricky time to bake! These 21 gluten free Christmas cookies will help you to create the traditional recipes that are made with no gluten.
You'll find classic favorites like gingerbread men, chocolate chip, linzer and more! Many of these recipes are surprisingly healthy, making them a great dessert choice all year round.
Many of these ideas and recipes include great notes, step-by-step instructions and all come with pictures to help you take the guesswork out of baking this holiday season.
They are quick, easy, and loaded with classic holiday flavors.
Super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand!
You'll think you've wandered into an Italian bakery when you try these tasty little bites!
Matcha flavor and the sweetness of white chocolate make a delicious pairing!
These cookies a delicious twist on classic gingerbread.
No brown sugar? No problem with these easy to make and delicious gluten free Christmas cookies!
Almond-flavored and dipped in chocolate, what else do you need!?
Soft and chewy and oh so delicious!
These gingerbread men hold their shape and are super fun to decorate.
A classic favorite for Christmas or any time of the year!
Chocolate meringues are an irresistible dessert!
Soft and chewy, they're the perfect healthier cookie to make this holiday season!
The texture is soft and chewy on the inside and a crispy, chocolate covered outside.
These fudgy salted brownie crinkles are chewy, gluten free, and delicious.
These holiday pinwheels are certainly worth adding to your gluten free Christmas cookies baking list.
These mouthwatering maple pecan cookies are thick, soft, and chewy.
Soft, chewy cookies with chunks of macadamia nuts and white chocolate throughout.
These are melt-in-your-mouth shortbreads with a tangy lemony flavor.
These gingerbreads are like a soft and chewy version of a gingersnap cookie.
Extra thick and extra chewy monster cookies are the ultimate everything cookie!
Expert Tips & Things You Need to Know
- Not all gluten free flours are the same! Baking can be done with a variety of flours like almond, buckwheat, oat, the list goes on and on according to Healthline's list of the best gluten free flours. Definitely follow written recipe instructions and be very cautious when deciding to swap flours from what the recipe calls for.
- Reading recipe notes and comments by previous users is very helpful when baking. Baking is a science and the more well-used a recipe has been, likely the better it will turn out for you as well.
Gluten free flours can definitely impact the taste and texture. Each flour type is different and provide different textures and tastes. When possible, follow recipes exactly as written and read the notes for any user comments or tips for making the taste and texture even better.
I've generally baked using one-to-one gluten free baking flours from both Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur. Although very close to a traditional all purpose flour, there are still some recipes that do not work as well when using these flours.
Adding too much flour can definitely be the cause of why the recipe seems dry and crumbly. Err on the side of less flour according to recipe directions (if it gives a range) and don't be afraid to add flour in parts to ensure the best texture.
Look for recipes that incorporate xanthan gum into the flour. This will help with elasticity and make the dough a better texture, less gritty and overall better.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Using a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter and coconut sugar. Add in egg, oat milk and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, mixing thoroughly. Refrigerate for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Using a mini cookie scoop, roll balls of dough into small balls. Roll each cookie in coconut sugar and place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies for 6 minutes and remove from oven. Lightly press a Hershey kiss into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then carefully move to a cooling rack to cool.
- Storage: Lay cookies flat in a storage container with pieces of parchment paper separating cookies. Store at room temperature for up to one week. Be sure to completely cool any cookies before storing them. A piece of bread added to cookie storage is a great way to keep cookies moist, especially chocolate chip cookies.
- Freezer Directions: These cookies freeze well by placing them in a freezer safe container and freezing them for up to 3 months.
- Freezing cookie dough: To freeze the cookie dough, Follow the recipe up through right before you will bake them. Place each ball on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and put into the freezer. Freeze for a few hours then remove the cookie dough balls from the baking sheet and add to a freezer-proof container. Dough will stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Allow them to cool completely before storing to ensure kiss shape stays upright. The kisses will be soft until they cool completely.
- Feel free to make this Hershey Kiss cookie recipe into a Reese's peanut butter cup recipe by swapping those in! According to the Celiac Disease Foundation all Reese's peanut butter cups except for seasonal shapes are gluten free.
- This Hershey Kiss cookie recipe is a great quantity for cookie exchanges or walks because it makes about 5 dozen. You can double it to make 10 dozen or reduce the ingredients amount by ⅘ to make a one dozen, small batch version.
- Make them sugar free by swapping out coconut sugar for a keto sweetener like Whole Earth Sweetener Monk Fruit and Stevia Blend.
- Use vegan butter to make them dairy free.