25 Best Gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes

The holiday season is upon us, and for those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle, the prospect of festive baking can be both exciting and challenging. Fear not! We’ve gathered 25 of the best gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes to ensure your holiday spread is as delicious and joyous as ever.

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Gather your ingredients, get some parchment paper, a baking sheet, and your favorite cookie cutters – it’s time to embark on a Christmas baking adventure. There’s something magical about the winter holiday season, and from gingerbread men to indulgent chocolate chip cookies, gluten-free baking has never been more exciting. Let the aroma of these delicious treats fill your kitchen, creating moments that capture the true essence of this special time of year.

But before we begin, here are a few things about gluten-free baking that you might find helpful, especially if you’re just starting your gluten-free adventure.

1. Use Gluten-Free Flour Blends for an Easy Swap: Many recipes recommend utilizing high-quality gluten-free flour blends and it is a great tip. These ready-made mixes are a convenient and reliable foundation for your gluten-free baking. Starting with Bob’s Red Mill is a good introduction to the world of gluten-free ingredients.

2. Incorporate Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum for Texture: To mimic the elasticity of gluten, consider adding xanthan gum or guar gum to your gluten-free flour. (But only if the mix doesn’t already include some.) This addition enhances the structure and texture of your Christmas treats.

3. Explore the World of Alternative Flours: Experiment with the unique flavors and textures that alternative flours like almond flour, coconut flour, and oat flour can bring to your holiday creations. However, these types of flour are not a replacement for the all-purpose gluten-free flour blend.

4. Thoroughly Check Labels for Gluten-Free Ingredients: Always carefully inspect labels to ensure all ingredients are gluten-free and keep an eye out for sneaky sources of gluten in certain flavorings, sauces, or spice blends. This precaution is crucial to avoid inadvertent gluten intake.

5. Opt for Gluten-Free Baking Powder: Swap out regular baking powder for its gluten-free counterpart to ensure your recipes remain free of hidden gluten.

6. Use Separate Utensils and Equipment for Gluten-Free Baking: Prevent cross-contamination by using dedicated utensils, bowls, and equipment for your gluten-free baking. If possible, designate a specific workspace for your gluten-free creations.

Happy Baking!

a child hand holding a jam drop cookie

1. Gluten-Free Jam Drop Cookies

Let me show you how to make gluten-free jam-drop cookies. This simple recipe and only a few ingredients are all you need to make this delicious Christmas treat.

seven gluten-free sugar cookies staple with black and white ribbon

2. Easy gluten-free sugar cookies

This gluten-free sugar cookie recipe is probably the easiest gluten-free recipe you have ever come across. Easy to decorate and are just perfect for Christmas time.

cute gingerbread cookies and Christmas tree cookies

3. Gluten-free gingerbread cookies

What is the Christmas holiday season without Gingerbread cookies? This gluten-free recipe is great for anyone who wants a special treat that comes together nicely and easily. This gluten-free dough is unlike many others is very easy to handle and is great for making gingerbread cookies with kids.

a pile of florentine cookies covered with chocolate

4. Florentine cookies

Florentine cookies make perfect Christmas cookies. They are delicate, delicious, and wonderfully festive. Made with chopped almonds, honey, and milk chocolate these gluten-free cookies should definitely find their spot on your Christmas to-do list.

colourful Christmas cookies on a plate

5. Gluten-free, vegan cut-out cookies that do not spread

Get the cookie cutter ready, with this gluten-free recipe you will have delicious cookies in no time. A perfect recipe to make holiday cookies because this dough does not spread.

chocolate cookies covered in white sugar powder on a blue plate

6. Fudgy gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies

Save this recipe because it is perfect all year round, not just at Christmas time. A rich, chewy, almost brownie-like cookie coated in white-as-snow icing sugar, yum. They are easy to make and are budget-friendly too. 

German cinnamon stars cookies, zimtsterne

7. Zimtsterne: German cinnamon stars (German Christmas cookies)

I spent years living in Germany and let me tell you German Christmas cookies are the best! Make sure to try this gluten-free Zimtsterne. They are light and sweet. Made with almond flour which makes them naturally gluten-free.

gluten-free mince pies scattered on a table

8. Gluten-free fruit mince pies

Enjoy the ultimate gluten-free Christmas delight with this easy recipe: Gluten-Free Mince Pies that are sure to enhance your festive gatherings. The easy-to-make, buttery pastry wraps around a sweet fruit mince, filled with the delightful aroma of Christmas spices. Treat your family and friends to these classic Mince Pies, now thoughtfully crafted for those on a gluten-free diet.

chocolate Christmas cookie decorated with candy cane

9. Chocolate almond flour cookies

Want to enjoy the holiday season but on the healthy side? Then you should make these chocolate almond flour flour cookies. Crafted with wholesome ingredients these gluten-free cookies are the ultimate healthy-ish treat.

molasses ginger cookies

10. Molasses ginger cookies

Kari, from Get Inspired Everyday, has turned the classic ginger cookies into perfect gluten-free Christmas cookies. With crisp edges and a soft middle, these cookies are perfect for this special time of the year.

a hand holding piece of krokan

11. Krokan

With only five simple ingredients you can make the most delicious gluten-free and dairy-free treat. Norway krokan is a perfect addition to our gluten-free cookie collection. 

thumbprint cookies with white and red icing

12. Gluten-free thumbprint cookies with icing

Samantha from the Savor The Spoonful made these delicious gluten-free thumbprint cookies with a twist, or rather with the icing on top.

rice krispie treats in shape of little Santa hats

13. Santa rice krispie treat

Call your kids, because they don’t want to miss this! These little Santa Rice Krispie Treats are not only delicious they are also lots of fun to make. A perfect activity this holiday season!

chocolate-covered pecans

14. Chocolate covered pecans

My friend from Caroha.com makes the most delicious German cookies and I know you are going to love these chocolate-covered pecans as much as we do. They are super easy to make and thanks to their long shelf life make a great make-it-yourself Christmas present.

cute gingerbread men cookies

15. Gluten-free gingerbread cookies

Soft, fluffy, and chewy gingerbread men cookies are made with gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and lots of ginger and cinnamon spices. A classic recipe that should not be missed in your Christmas cookie box.

gingerbread cookies with cream cheese frosting ona cooling rack

16. Gluten-free gingerbread cookies with cream cheese frosting

They’re soft, richly flavored with molasses, sweetened with brown sugar, full of delicious holiday spices, and a secret ingredient that makes them a little bit healthier without sacrificing

cut-out linzer cookies, dusted with powder sugar

17. Easy gluten-free Linzer cookies

Linzer cookies are Austrian Christmas shortbread cookies filled with raspberry jam. A classic Christmas cookie had a perfect gluten-free makeover.  A perfect holiday treat!

red and green pinwheel Christmas cookies

18. Gluten-free pinwheel sugar cookies

And a little more fun for kids. These pinwheel sugar cookies are made with cassava flour and arrowroot starch and are perfect for our gluten-free cookie recipe collection. Are they hard to make? No, they actually are surprisingly easy to make. With a little bit of patience and this easy recipe, you soon can enjoy these cute little wheels.

beautiful white macarons with candy cane filling

19. Christmas candy cane macarons (vegan)

Delicate macarons filled with peppermint buttercream and decorated with crushed candy cane pieces. These vegan candy cane macarons are perfect for Christmas, and thanks to the allergy-friendly recipe, this delicious dessert can be enjoyed by all.

Christmassy peanut butter cookie dough balls

20. Buckeye balls (peanut butter balls)

If you are in need of a quick Christmas dessert, these no-bake Buckeye Balls, gluten-free Peanut Butter Balls, are coming to the rescue. This is a great recipe to make with kids because this gluten-free cookie dough resembles play dough and is a lot of fun to make. Dipped in white and dark chocolate, and covered in sprinkles, these cookie dough balls are a perfect Christmas treat.

Christmas cookies

21. Gluten-free eggnog cookies

Experience the charm of these Gluten-free Eggnog Cookies, a snickerdoodle-like creation with a gentle eggnog infusion. Topped off with a light eggnog spiced glaze, they capture the holiday spirit while remaining a delicious choice throughout the entire year.

green, pistachio macarons

22. Pistachio macarons with pistachio ganache filling

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Pistachio Macarons—featuring a perfectly colored Pistachio Ganache Filling. Balanced in sweetness, these macarons are adorned with an elegant white chocolate and pistachio pattern, making them irresistibly delicious and stunning!

23. Italian pistachio cookies

Unlike typical pistachio cookie recipes, these Italian Pistachio Cookies stand out. With a festive nutty flavor, they boast a crispy outside, and chewy inside, and are naturally dairy and gluten-free.

Christmasy looking peanut butter blossom cookies

24. Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms

Enjoy the perfect holiday treat for peanut butter and chocolate lovers with these Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms—a classic recipe that’s easy to whip up and enjoy all season long.

a delicious looking chocolate chip cookie

25. Chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

These Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delightful Christmas treat—thick, soft, and packed with chocolatey goodness. You’d never guess they’re gluten-free!

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