Best Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

Skip the Gluten, Keep the Holiday Spirit

gluten-free cranberry walnut cookies

Judy Barnes Baker

Eating gluten free doesn't mean you need to give up the holiday tradition of baking Christmas cookies. In fact, many people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity bake more often around the holidays than they once did, as it can be tough to find store-bought gluten-free treats that live up to expectation. Fortunately, excellent gluten-free Christmas cookie and dessert recipes abound online. Here's a roundup of some of our favorites.

Almond Shortbread Cookies

Keto shortbread cookies

 The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

These almond flour shortbread cookies from The Spruce Eats are gluten free and keto-approved. (They're also grain free, paleo, and vegan!) The almond flour makes for a tender cookie while the lemon juice and zest add a bright tang. Each cookie is topped with a whole almond which gives them their classic look and offers additional texture.

Almond Biscotti

Gluten-free almond biscotti

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You can make the simple almond version of this biscotti recipe from Verywell Fit or try it with chocolate chips. Either way, they're perfectly suited to be dunked in eggnog, coffee, or gluten-free hot chocolate on a winter's night.

With a base of almond flour, you won't have to worry about gluten. Almond and vanilla extract imparts a warm sweetness that doesn't rely on sugar to taste like a treat. Add stevia and a dash of salt for an irresistible flavor combination.

Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

Cocoa coconut macaroons

Simply Recipes / Cindy Rahe

Coconut macaroons are often a go-to gluten-free choice, and these cocoa coconut macaroons from Simply Recipes are a delicious take on the classic. Shredded coconut is a natural source of fiber and energizing medium-chain triglycerides and unsweetened applesauce adds moisture without excess added sugar. It's hard to beat a gluten-free cross between a fudgy brownie and a chewy macaroon.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kisses

gluten-free chocolate peanut butter kiss cookies

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With only five total ingredients and no gluten ingredients in sight, these chocolate peanut butter kisses from The Spruce Eats are a simple gluten-free take on another cookie classic. The recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, but if you're feeling adventurous, you could substitute your favorite nut butter for a little twist. Just be sure that your chocolate candy toppers are gluten free.

Molasses Ginger Cookies

gluten-free molasses ginger cookies

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If you're a fan of molasses' distinctive flavor, then these molasses ginger cookies from The Spruce Eats are for you! The recipe calls for your favorite gluten-free flour blend—just be sure to check whether yours already contains xanthan gum. If it does, you can omit the extra xanthan gum called for in the recipe. Between the molasses, ginger, and cloves, these cookies pack all the traditional flavors of the holiday season without gluten.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

gluten-free cranberry walnut cookies

Judy Barnes Baker

These cranberry walnut cookies from Verywell Fit are low in carbs and filled with delicious and nutritious ingredients. Cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and antioxidant-rich cranberries add a healthy boost to your holiday dessert tray. You'll also get a small dose of protein for a hearty and filling cookie. Choose a gluten-free protein powder to keep your recipe fully gluten-free.

Coconut Cookies

Gluten-free coconut cookies

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Enjoy these coconut cookies from The Spruce Eats without worrying about gluten. With a rolled oat and flaked coconut base and airy whipped egg whites, these cookies come out light and crisp. No one will miss the gluten.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Dana Angelo White

These simple and tasty peanut butter chocolate chip cookies from Verywell Fit have everything you need to satisfy a salty and sweet craving. If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, you won't be disappointed. Be sure to check for a gluten-free peanut butter brand that's processed carefully to avoid cross-contamination.

Chocolate Cookies

Gluten-free chocolate cookies on a plate

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

This chocolate cookie recipe from The Spruce Eats uses a couple of creative substitutions to make for a delicious, chocolatey gluten-free treat that's also keto-approved. Almond flour replaces traditional all-purpose flour and sugar-free sweetener (they recommend Swerve) steps in for granulated sugar. Top with a little bit of flaky sea salt to enhance the flavors, and you'll win over just about any chocolate lover.

Sesame Crisp Cookies

Gluten-free sesame cookies

 The Spruce

If you're looking for a unique gluten-free cookie recipe, these sesame crisp cookies from The Spruce Eats are just the ticket. Toasted sesame seeds add a rich, nutty flavor and a small nutritional boost over most other gluten-free options. The result? A crisp, nutty cookie with no gluten that you can feel good about.

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