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25 BEST Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Thanks to these easy gluten-free Christmas cookies, everyone can enjoy your dessert table.

In fact, they’re so good, you won’t need any other recipes.

Bunch of white coated cookies with sprinkles on a holiday table.
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25 Festive Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

The last thing you want at your next holiday party is a sad little kid who can’t eat your yummy treats.

Be it a gluten intolerance or dietary preference, we want everyone happy and stuffed, right?

So, why not go the extra mile and make some gluten-free Christmas cookies?

They’re great for gifting, cookie exchange parties, or for your family to devour by the fire.

Chocolate chip cookies sprinkles with rock salt on a parchment paper.
Source: Meaningfuleats.com

1. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Let’s start with the classic, flawless, and delicious chocolate chip cookie.

These babies are welcome any time of year, but they’re especially comforting during the holidays. 

And not only are they gluten-free, but they’re also made with yummy browned butter. It’s a simple addition but brings even more deliciousness to the mix.

Sugar Cookies topped with frosting with sprinkles on a cooling rack.
Source: Glutenfreeonashoestring.com

2. Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies 

These sugar cookies are similar to the soft frosted delights you see at grocery stores.

Only they’re gluten-free. 

Cut them into any shape or size you like, and they’re perfect for a holiday party – and I don’t just mean Christmas.

Hand holding a crumbly and moist bitten chocolate chip cookies.
Source: Mamagourmand.com

3. Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Flourless chocolate cookies are naturally gluten-free for obvious reasons. They’re also fudgy, chewy, and ah-mazing. 

You’ll only need five ingredients to make these decadent, brownie-like cookies.

The outside turns crispy and cracked as they bake, and they’re wonderfully chocolatey.

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A box gingerbread cookies.
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4. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies 

Thanks to these gluten-free gingerbread cookies, there’s no need to miss out on any holiday fun. 

Spiced, soft, and delightfully chewy, you’ll use a blend of ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar to get the right taste and texture.

They’re super fun to decorate and even more fun to eat. So get the kids involved and get ready to make a mess!

Cookies with peanut butter, chewy oats, and oodles of chocolate chips and M&M’s on a cooling rack.
Source: Sallysbakingaddiction.com

5. Flourless Monster Cookies 

Here’s another gluten-free cookie recipe that’s just as heavenly, but a bit more hearty.

Monster cookies are my faves. And I love this oaty version with red and green decorations.

They’re effortlessly festive and will be a hit with all of your party guests.

Bunch of cookies topped with a Hershey’s kiss.
Source: Whattheforkfoodblog.com

6. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms 

Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. 

They’re easy to make and are sure-fire crowd-pleasers.

I mean, how can you go wrong with a soft peanut butter cookie topped with a chocolate kiss? 

Snowball cookies covered in powdered sugar on a plate.
Source: Glutenfreeonashoestring.com

7. Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies 

These cute cookies look just like little snowballs, and they melt in your mouth.

Don’t worry, though, they taste much better than actual snowballs. 

They have a smooth, velvety texture from the powdered sugar. Plus, they’re nutty, buttery, and wonderfully tender. 

Sugar cookies topped with cream and chopped chocolate.
Source: Thebigmansworld.com

8. Almond Flour Sugar Cookies 

These sugar cookies will satisfy any sweet tooth. They’re soft and tender on the inside and buttery and crispy on the outside. 

Surprisingly, you’ll only need three ingredients for these holiday cookies: almond flour, butter, and sugar.

So basically, they’re a kind of gluten-free shortbread rather than a sugar cookie.

But no matter what you call them, they’re buttery, crumbly, and to die for – with or without frosting.

A pile of snickerdoodle cookies on a plate.
Source: Ambitiouskitchen.com

9. Grain-Free Snickerdoodles  

Snickerdoodle cookies are fall faves.

With the warm flavors of cinnamon and sugar, these grain-free cookies might become a baking tradition in your house.

This recipe calls for a mix of almond flour and coconut flour, giving them such a nice texture that’s not too crumbly.

Plus, you can make these in one bowl and in only 20 minutes!

A pile of pumpkin cookies topped with maple frostings.
Source: Ambitiouskitchen.com

10. Healthy Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting 

Who said cookies can’t be delicious and healthy? They’ve obviously never tried these sensational pumpkin cookies!

Soft and flavorful, the salted maple frosting is a thing of beauty. It pairs so well with the pumpkin – if it makes it to the cookie, that is.

I could eat that stuff with a spoon!

A stack of cookie bars with grains, graham cracker crust, chopped chocolate and nuts.
Source: Eatingbirdfood.com

11. Healthier Magic Cookie Bars

Grain-free, gluten-free, and vegan, these magic cookies certainly live up to their name.

Instead of Graham Crackers, you’ll use almond flour, shredded coconut, vanilla, and a few other ingredients for the crust.

And instead of sweetened condensed milk, you’ll use a coconut milk swap. 

Then pile on chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans. With just a few tweaks, these cookie bars will bring extra magic to your holiday celebrations. 

Bunch of coconut macaroons on a wooden plate.

12. Coconut Macaroons 

Coconut macaroons are always gluten-free. So they’re a must-make this holiday season!

Loaded with sweet, whipped egg whites and lots of chewy coconut, they’re super light and airy.

Top them with a drizzle of chocolate and some holiday sprinkles, and they’re ready for the party.

Bunch of crescent shaped cookies covered with powdered sugar on a plate.
Source: Eatingbirdfood.com

13. Almond Crescent Cookies 

Light, crispy, and insanely buttery, this is the kind of recipe your grandma used to make.

These are a terrific option if you want something lower in calories. You can also customize them slightly by using your choice of butter or butter substitute. 

These cute little cookies are still sweet and velvety, and they’re perfect for any winter wonderland. 

Waffle cookies with cream frosting filling.
Source: Gfjules.com

14. Gluten-Free Pizzelle 

These cookies look fancy, but they’re pretty straightforward to make. 

That said, you do need a Pizzelle iron. But I swear you’ll use it all the time once you get a taste of these bad boys!

Serve them with toppings like hazelnut spread or powdered sugar. Or use them to make something similar to a cannoli. Yum!

Anisette cookies with cream frosting and sprinkles on top.
Source: Glutenfreeonashoestring.com

15. Soft Gluten-Free Anisette Cookies 

As the name suggests, these cookies are delicious little bites of anise-flavored dough.

While it isn’t super common, it’s what these are all about, and they’re fantastic. 

They make such a fun alternative to tired old cinnamon cookies!

They’re soft and melt-in-your-mouth-good. And the glaze is such a treat. Don’t forget to decorate them with Christmas-colored sprinkles.

Bunch of peppermint meringues half dipped with chocolate and chopped candy sugars.
Source: Sugarsaltmagic.com

16. Peppermint Meringue Cookies 

Meringues are my go-to for gluten-free baking. They’re sweet, easy to modify, and wonderfully crisp.

Better yet, you can make a huge batch with just a few egg whites. So they’re ideal for big holiday parties.

Oh, and if you bag them up with pretty ribbon, they make wonderful Christmas gifts, too.

Bunch of molasses cookies.
Source: Meaningfuleats.com

17. Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies 

Molasses cookies just taste like Christmas. They’re soft, spiced, and super yummy!

The flavor of ginger and the crispness from the sugar coating are so lovely. 

This recipe also has a secret ingredient that makes them even better! Give the recipe a try and see what you think.

Bunch of star shaped cookie cutters on a cooling rack with colorful glass candies in the middle.
Source: Noshtastic.com

18. Gluten-Free Stained Glass Cookies 

If you’re looking for a recipe to impress, this is it. Stained glass cookies are absolutely stunning – and crazy easy to make, too!

Just roll and cut out some gluten-free cookie dough. Then, cut a hole in the middle of each piece.

I like to chill the dough first, then pop hard candies in the holes before baking. The candy melts into the shape, leaving you with a stained-glass effect.

To really go overboard, try adding a few different colors.

Shortbread cookies covered with chocolate and caramel syrup.
Source: Glutenfreeonashoestring.com

19. Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies 

Shortbread is another versatile cookie dough that can be made in a ton of ways.

Whether it’s adding fun extras or a tasty glaze, you can get a whole slew of cookies from one simple dough.

They’re buttery, crumbly, and so. tasty with dark chocolate and candied ginger on top!

Thumbprint cookies with raspberry in the middle drizzled with white chocolate.
Source: Texanerin.com

20. Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies 

Thumbprint cookies remind me of the holiday because of the vibrant colors.

Plus, they’re so insanely easy to make.

This version uses tons of lemon zest. That bright, citrusy flavor is a lovely contrast to the sweet, fruity jam. 

Spritz cookies sprinkled with colored sugar.
Source: Glutenfreebaking.com

21. Gluten-Free Spritz Cookies 

We make these fun buttery cookies every year. They’re highly addictive, and since they’re so small, you can’t have just one.

Made using just a few basic ingredients -gluten-free flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla or almond extract – they’re elegant and dreamy.

Use a cookie press to get the fun shapes, and then bake until lightly golden! They take hardly any time at all and are oh-so-yummy.

Cookie cutters with spiced frosting on a wooden table.

22. Gluten-Free Spice Sugar Cookies 

If you think sugar cookies are “missing something,” try these spiced cookies instead. 

With cinnamon and nutmeg in the dough, along with a delightfully spiced icing on top, they’re brimming with festive flavor. 

A pile of peppermint crinkles covered with powdered sugar.
Source: Heartbeetkitchen.com

23. Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies 

With that snowy finish, these look about as Christmassy as it gets!

And they taste just as good as they look.

They’re quite dark, so they might not be ideal for the kids. That said, the powdered sugar coating should make it sweet enough!

Bunch of cookies with raspberries and white chocolate.
Source: Organicallyaddison.com

24. Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies 

Raspberry and white chocolate are a tasty combination.

Tart raspberries perfectly contrast sweet and creamy chocolate in both taste and color.

It’s a yummy duo and ideal for people who don’t enjoy cinnamon treats.

Stack of chocolate orange cookies.
Source: Glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk

25. Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cookies 

Chocolate and orange cookies are easy to make and beyond delicious.

If you’ve ever had a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, you’ll want to give this recipe a whirl.

They’re fudgy, rich, and have just the right amount of citrus flavor.

These cookies are so indulgent, you’ll forget they’re dairy and gluten-free.

25 BEST Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Servings

24

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

100

kcal

Thanks to these easy Christmas gluten-free sugar cookies, everyone can enjoy your dessert table. In fact, they’re so good, you won’t need any other recipes.

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (with xanthan gum)

  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons meringue powder

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 -5 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and powdered sugar until well distributed.
  • Add the soft butter and mix with a spatula until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix gently until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it to about 1/4 inch thick.
  • But out the desired shapes, then re-roll the dough and cut out more cookies.
  • Place the cookie shapes onto the baking sheets, leaving an inch or 2 between each.
  • Bake for 5-8 minutes. The edges should be lightly golden, and the middle should look done.
  • Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool fully.
  • While the cookies cool, make the frosting.
  • In a stand mixer or large bowl with an electric whisk, combine the butter, 3 tablespoons of milk, and the vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  • Add the meringue powder and half of the powdered sugar. Mix on low at first, then up the speed to medium until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup intervals until the desired consistency is reached. Add the extra milk if it’s too thick.
  • Frost the cooled cookies and decorate with festive sprinkles. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The dough will be quite stiff. It may require hand-kneading to bring it together.
  • The calories will change depending on how large the cookies are and how thick the frosting is.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 100kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Potassium: 2mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Calcium: 10mg
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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “25 BEST Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies”

  1. Kim, these are the prettiest, most delicious-looking, mouth-watering gluten free holiday cookies I’ve encountered online. Kudos and cupcakes (in this case, cookies) to you! Thank you for sharing such a fabulous list of Christmas treats. 🙂

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