These gluten-free Christmas cookies will please everyone at the table even if they aren’t avoiding wheat or gluten. Try a few of these for the church bake sale or the neighborhood cookie swap, too. But please don’t label them “gluten-free” if you also bake with wheat flour in your kitchen. Because of the risk of cross-contamination, call them gluten-friendly so that those who must avoid wheat can decide for themselves.
Christmas cookies come in all shapes and sizes. These 11 cookie recipes, while being gluten-free, are so tasty that all your guests will love them.
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe from Attainable Sustainable makes chewy cookies that don’t fall apart into crumbles like gluten-free baked goods often do. Made with almond flour (or other nut flour) these chocolate chip cookies will satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests, without added wheat.
Grain-free Cheesecake Cookies
Delicious and easy to make, it’s a lot of fun for kids to pop mini grain-free cheesecake cookies into their mouths. They’ll disappear before you know it. The crust is ground nuts that are held together with melted butter. The cheese cake filling is a mixture of organic cream cheese, pastured eggs, maple syrup, and pure vanilla extract.
Grain-free cheesecake cookies. Photo courtesy of Learning and Yearning
Gluten-free Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
This recipe for Gluten-free Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies can be adapted and eaten as a biscuit when you leave off the powdered sugar. For a real cookie treat, lightly dust them in the powdered sugar. Give these as small gifts while you’re out caroling.
Gluten-Free Pizzelle Recipe with Traditional Anise Seed Flavor
This Gluten-free Anise Seed Pizzelle Recipe makes sweet, digestive cookies that are traditional for the holidays and special occasions when the cookie plate is passed. Too often those with gluten sensitivities have to pass, but not with this cookie. It has the taste and lightness of regular pizzelle wafer cookies without gluten that can cause pain.
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
The crunchy sweetness of cookies is one of the pleasures that people with celiac disease and wheat allergies miss the most. Gluten-free flours offer a different texture to baked goods than goods baked with wheat. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease 20 years ago, I craved chocolate chip cookies, pizza, and bread, but the gluten-free options didn’t satisfy.
The mouth-feel was missing, even though the calories were there. This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie satisfies the craving. It is sweet with a texture that is so close to cookies made with wheat, you won’t miss the gluten. But these ones are wheat-free, gluten-free, and stomach-ache free.
3 Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies
Have you tried 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies? They are a staple cookie recipe, especially for those who are avoiding grains. But the typical recipe has a lot of sugar. This recipe does not use peanut butter (which can have problems with mold). Susan at Learning and Yearning has come up with a great solution that uses coconut sugar or maple syrup, and almond butter to make these delicious 3 ingredient almond butter cookies.
German Hazelnut Macaroons
A traditional German Christmas cookie, haselnussmakronen (hazelnut macaroons) are simple to make with just 5 ingredients. This is a recipe that is naturally gluten free to begin with. It contains just egg whites, sugar, ground nuts, salt, and cinnamon. Make it like other meringue cookies. Get the recipe for German Hazelnut Macaroons in this article from Ashley Adamant.
Paleo Pizzelle Cookies
Tessa the Homestead Lady is raising a family of seven, with kids ranging in age from fifteen to four years old. They’ve been raised with healthy foods – lots of veggies, fresh dairy and fermented grains. However, every now and then Tessa changes their eating and they go Paleo and remove the dairy and grains from their diet.
She finds it especially helpful after the holidays when their tummies need the wholesome break that the Paleo diet provides. These Paleo Pizzelle Cookies are kid-tested and mother-approved and make the perfect gluten free Christmas cookies.
Chocolate Almond Cookies
These tasty Chocolate Almond Cookies are made with blanched almond flour and simple ingredients like cocoa powder, cane sugar, and sea salt. If you have a family member that’s craving chocolate cookies, these will give them what they are looking for.
Gluten-Free Sunbutter Cookies
Here’s another substitute peanut butter cookies recipe with two options – Paleo or Gluten-free. Tessa tried her peanut butter cookie recipe using Sunflower Butter instead of the traditional peanuts. She’s used Bob’s Red Mill 1-for-1 flour as a replacement for regular wheat flour. Try her Gluten-free Sunbutter Cookies and let us know what you think.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies for a Sweet, Light Finish
Gluten-free Christmas cookies are a must for the festive season, where your gluten-sensitive family members often feel left out. These gluten-free chocolate pizzelle cookies taste like other pizzelles and have a normal texture making them perfect to serve to all guests. If you’ve ever purchased expensive gluten-free cookies from the specialty baker you know that they have a texture that is very different from regular cookies. They can be mealy or gritty and sometimes have an off after taste. You won’t find those weaknesses with this gluten-free cookie.
It’s Your Turn!
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