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15+ Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies To Try This Year

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Looking for gluten-free holiday cookie recipes for a cookie exchange or cookie plate? We’ve got 15 of the BEST gluten-free Christmas cookies to try this year!

5 kinds of gluten-free holiday cookies on a white platter

Holiday baking is definitely one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season, but it’s definitely something that can take some adjusting when you go gluten-free.

Thankfully, having some reliable recipes gives you a GREAT place to start, and our goal here at Sweets & Thank you is to make it as easy as possible for you to make delicious gluten-free holiday cookies anyone will love, whether they’re gluten-free, or not!

These are some of the BEST gluten-free cookies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classic gluten-free Christmas cookies, to some fun new twists, there’s a cookie for everyone! Let’s jump in…

Tips For Making Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

  1. Read The Whole Recipe Card Through First. Maybe annoying, but it’s important! Does your recipe need to chill? Does it require a certain flour blend to work? Are there any tricky steps? Reading everything though before you start will give you the biggest chance of success.
  2. Use The Correct Flour. ESPECIALLY in gluten-free baking, you need to use the kind of flour the recipe calls for. Different flours behave differently in recipe, so substitutions aren’t usually a good idea. (for instance: Almond flour, coconut flour, and gluten-free 1:1 flour are NOT interchangeable!) Use the type of flour your recipe calls for so the recipe turns out!
  3. Measure Flour Carefully! Speaking of flour, your cookies will turn out their best if you weight or measure your flour correctly. It’s a simple little trick, but makes a BIG difference in how your cookies turn out!
  4. Check Your Oven Temperature. Most ovens actually *don’t* run at the correct temperature! An inexpensive oven thermometer can help you check if yours does. Then, make sure you fully preheat your oven before baking.
  5. Stay Safe! If you’re don’t keep a gluten-free household but you’re baking for someone who eats gluten-free, it’s REALLY important to keep your cookie recipe safe by avoiding what’s called cross-contamination. This means using very clean mixing bowls and utensils, and using fresh or dedicated ingredients. (i.e. if you’ve scooped into the sugar with a measuring cup that’s also touched wheat flour, that sugar is no longer safe for someone with Celiac disease. Use fresh or dedicated ingredients to avoid any cross contact with wheat to avoid making someone sick.
collage of gluten-free holiday cookies

Now that we’re all loaded up with tips, let’s get to the RECIPES! Cookies are the BEST Christmas dessert, and these are 15 of the BEST gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes around. They’re some of our highest rated and most popular gluten-free holiday cookie recipes. We couldn’t recommend them more!

gluten-free Christmas cookies on a cooling rack

Gluten-Free Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies

These gluten-free holiday cookies LITERALLY have it all! They’re jam-packed with festive mix-ins in every bite, and with our big list of options to choose from, you can mix and match your way to your dream cookie in no time.

Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms cooling on a wire rack. some are rolled in red and green nonpareil sprinkles.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms (BEST recipe!)

This gluten free peanut butter blossoms recipe combines soft, chewy peanut butter cookies with chocolate kiss candies. (A perfect addition to a cookie plate!) You’ll love the peanut butter flavor and soft texture of these classic cookies, but don’t miss 10+ variations to try in the post!

soft gluten-free molasses cookies cooling on a wire rack

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

Soft, chewy molasses cookies have a sugary crackle finish on the outside and a lovely spiced interior that tastes like the holidays. A must-make for cookie exchanges!

gluten-free hot chocolate cookies cooling on a wire rack

Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Cookies

Yes, these delicious cookies taste like a cup of hot chocolate! The soft, chocolate cookies have a molten marshmallow center that gives these the look and flavor of your favorite holiday cocoa.

gluten-free snowball cookies stacked in a column

Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies)

A crowd favorite holiday cookie, these tender shortbread cookies look like little snowballs on your cookie plate. With their light, delicate texture, they melt in your mouth–such a winner!

red velvet crinkles cooling on a wire rack

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

I have it on good authority Santa loves the pretty red and white color combo of gluten-free red velvet cookies! They’ve got a fudgy flavor & gorgeous crackle effect that makes each cookie totally unique.

three sugar cookie bars with pink frosting stacked on a white plate

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Bars

If you’re a fan of classic sugar cookies, you’ll love these soft, thick sugar cookie bars. We make them with classic pink frosting during the year, but you can keep it white and add festive sprinkles, or dye it red or green for a fun touch!

Overhead view of soft, chewy gluten-free ginger cookies drizzled and dipped in white chocolate

Soft & Chewy Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies

These GORGEOUS soft ginger cookies are drizzled or dipped in white chocolate for an extra pretty finish. (They make you look like a baking pro without any fancy skills!)

gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cookies

Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies

One of my all-time favorite cookies! This simple recipe is a classic for a reason! These gluten-free no-bake cookies are packed with chocolate peanut butter flavor and they don’t even require the oven.

gluten-free iced oatmeal cookies on a cooling rack

Gluten-Free Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Made with brown butter, warm spices, and a simple sweet glaze, these iced oatmeal cookies are spice cookie perfection! (Plus, doesn’t that pretty glaze look like snow?!)

gluten-free gingerbread cookies shaped like gingerbread men, snowflakes, christmas trees, and candy canes

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

These soft gluten-free gingerbread cookies can be made into all kinds of cute shapes. Grab your favorite cookie cutter to make this gluten-free cookie dough into gingerbread men, ornaments, stars, trees, snowflakes, and more!

Gluten-free pumpkin snickerdoodles cooling on a wire rack

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Classic gluten-free snickerdoodles with a pumpkin twist? YES PLEASE. These gluten-free holiday cookies are made with brown butter, warm spices, and that signature cinnamon-sugar exterior that makes them a winner every time.

gluten-free oatmeal scotchies topped with flaky sea salt

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Scotchies (Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies)

These soft, chewy oatmeal butterscotch cookies went WILD last Christmas, and I get the hype! They’re delicious, cozy, and delightfully different from your standard chocolate chip.

Overhead view of three gluten-free M&M cookies on a plate

Soft & Chewy Gluten-Free M&M Cookies

Use red and green holiday m&ms to turn these delicious m&m cookies into holiday perfection. Our “secret” ingredient makes all the difference in this cookie dough!

Gluten-free chocolate candy cane cookies on a white background

Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These fudgy chocolate candy cane cookies have a brownie-like texture, a double dose of chocolate & a few fun finishes. A perfect gluten-free holiday cookie recipe!

Front view of gluten-free holiday cookies in a jar with free printable gift tag with baked gluten-free m&m cookies in the background

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar

Want to give gluten-free cookies to bake LATER? This gluten-free cookie in a jar recipe is the perfect gift! It’s got all the dry ingredients you need to bake a batch of cookies & the free printable tags with recipe make it easy to gift.

Setting down a gluten-free sprinkle chocolate chip cookie

Gluten-Free Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adding sprinkles to these secret ingredient gluten-free chocolate chip cookies makes them SO MUCH FUN to make and eat! Use colorful rainbow sprinkles or use a red and green sprinkle mix for a fun holiday touch.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The absolute BEST gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies around. These fudgy chocolate cookies look beautiful, and taste even BETTER.

Did I miss any of your favorite gluten-free recipes? Are there any cookie recipes you’d love to see? Shout them out in the comments below! Happy holidays, and HAPPY BAKING!

5 kinds of gluten-free holiday cookies on a white platter

FAQ: Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

What’s The Best Kind Of Flour For Baking Gluten-Free Cookies? My go-to gluten-free flour blend is King Arthur Measure-For-Measure gluten-free flour. We use it in all our cookie recipes and love the neutral flavor, and perfect texture it gives to baked goods, thanks to the signature blend of protein, starch, and xanthan gum. (I can get a better price at Amazon than I can in grocery stores!) As always, follow your recipe for the best results!

What Are The Best Classic Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies? It’s tough to go wrong with Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms and Snowball Cookies!

Which Gluten-Free Cookies Are Best For A Cookie Exchange? I always recommend a variety–look for contrast in colors, shapes, or textures to make things interesting. Our Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies, Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies, and Gluten-Free Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies are a great trio for holiday cookie platters!

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