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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Want to bake the best gluten free Christmas cookies? You’ve come to the right place! Here are all my tips, tricks, and recipes for making wonderful gluten free Christmas cookies this season.

A gluten free Christmas cookie plate with gluten free sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, almond flour chocolate chip cookies, and gluten free brownies.

The Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

December is a time for baking, and you’ve probably landed here because you’re ready to fire up the oven and bake some gluten free holiday cookies! I got you. I love this time of year because it gives me an excuse to try some new recipes as well as use my old reliables. I know that gluten-free baking can sometimes be a little bit daunting but don’t worry – we can do this! Whether you’re gluten-free or are baking for those who are, my gluten free Christmas cookies will make everyone happy.

From oat flour sugar cookies to gluten free chocolate chip cookies to gluten free peanut butter blossoms and gluten free chewy molasses cookies you’re sure to find the right cookie for the right occasion. (You can even tuck in little pieces of gluten free gingerbread or almond flour brownies if you like!) Bake cookies ahead of time and bring them to a holiday cookie swap, or package them up and give DIY Christmas presents to friends and neighbors. Of course, you’ll want to save a few for yourself too! Read on for how to make the most of (gluten-free) cookie-baking season.

A plate of gluten free peanut butter blossoms on a holiday scene table.

Tips for Making Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

When you’re ready to get baking, follow these tips to ensure your gluten free Christmas cookies turn out perfectly every time (and are vworthy of that holiday cookie swap!):

  • Use fresh baking powder and baking soda. First things first! Check the expiration dates on your boxes of baking powder and baking soda. If they’ve expired, or are close to expiring, toss them and buy new boxes. You may want to buy new boxes anyway, just to make sure.
  • Use nice butter. Always use good butter, especially in recipes like sugar cookies or butter cookies where butter is a backbone ingredient. You’ll be able to taste the difference!
  • And unsalted butter. I always use unsalted butter in my baking so that it doesn’t overpower the other flavors.
  • Or, go dairy-free. If you need to go dairy-free, you can typically substitute refined or unrefined coconut oil for the butter in recipes. Or, use your favorite (decent-quality) dairy-free butter.
  • Use good chocolate. If you can, use good quality chocolate like Guittard or Ghiradelli. While these brands are a little more pricey, they’ll help your gf Christmas cookies taste even better.
  • Think about the flour. I’ve outlined the best gluten-free flours to use in baking gf Christmas cookies lower down. You can use my recipe suggestions, which all include just one or a very simple blend of unique gluten-free flours. If you prefer to use a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour, choose one you are comfortable with so you’ll be confident in your baking endeavors. King Arthur Flour or Bob’s Red Mill (the blue bag) 1:1 flours are good options.
  • Cream the butter properly. Make sure to cream your butter for about 2-3 minutes so it’s light and fluffy, This will help bring better texture and rise to your gf Christmas cookies during baking.
  • Rest the dough before baking. I always suggest resting gluten free batter or dough before baking it to help the gluten-free flour/s hydrate. And with cookies in particular a bonus is better flavor the longer the dough rests. So try to plan to allow your cookie dough to rest for at least 1 hour in the fridge, and longer if possible.
A plate of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.

Best Gluten Free Flours for Making Christmas Cookies

I’ve detailed some of my favorite flours for making gluten free Christmas cookies below:

  • Oat flour – This is my favorite baking flour and my gold standard! Oat flour performs beautifully in most baking recipes and is naturally gluten-free. If you wish, you can substitute oat flour by weight for all-purpose flour in many traditional cookie recipes with amazing results.
  • Sorghum flour – Sorghum flour is another wonderful whole grain gluten-free flour that can be swapped for oat flour if you can’t have oats, with similar results.
  • Sweet white rice flour – Sweet white rice flour gives gluten-free baked goods a bit of bounciness and texture and helps hold the batter together.
  • Tapioca flour – I love balancing a whole grain gluten-free flour with a little tapioca flour for lightness and binding.
  • Teff flour – Teff flour gives a wonderful caramelly undernote to baked goods, and is especially nice when paired with chocolate.
  • Buckwheat flour – Despite its name, buckwheat is gluten-free! Also lovely with chocolate, buckwheat flour has a unique flavor all its own that can be blended with other gluten-free flours if you like.
  • Gluten-free flour blends – As noted, you can use a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour in my and other recipes. These flours have been specifically developed to substitute interchangeably with all-purpose flour. In my opinion, while they do work, the finished cookies will not taste the same as when they’re made with all-purpose flour! I prefer to tailor my gluten-free flours to each recipe, but I know it’s often easier to grab a bag of mix at the store. I prefer Bob’s Red Mill brand and King Arthur Cup for Cup brand if I use a gluten-free flour mix.

More about gluten-free flours.

A side view of a plate of red and green sprinkle-topped oat flour sugar cookies.

Can I Make Gluten Free Christmas Cookies in Advance?

Yes! Like most “regular cookies”, gf Christmas cookies are fine to bake in advance. You can prepare many of the cookie doughs and store them in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 3 days. To freeze cookies, you can place them in airtight, freezer-safe containers or bags and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months until you’re ready for them.

Cookie dough also freezes well – for log cookies, you’ll roll the log in plastic wrap and then foil and stash it in the freezer. For other cookie dough, you can store the dough pressed into flat discs and wrapped in plastic wrap or freezer-safe, sealable bags in the freezer. More details on how to store gluten-free cookie dough are below.

A gluten free Christmas cookie plate with gluten free sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, almond flour chocolate chip cookies, and gluten free brownies.

Can You Freeze Gluten Free Christmas Cookies?

You can definitely freeze gluten-free Christmas cookies and bring them out when you need them. Here’s how to do it:

  • Freeze cookies – Cool the cookies thoroughly and place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container in a single layer, then place a piece of parchment on top of the cookies and add another layer (the parchment will keep the cookies from sticking together). Store the cookies in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make sure to thaw the cookies in the fridge completely before serving them.
  • Freeze dough – You can also freeze cookie dough. Place the prepared dough in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag, press the dough to flatten it, and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost the cookie dough in the fridge before baking the cookies.
  • To serve – Defrost cookies in the fridge thoroughly before serving them.

How to Store GF Christmas Cookies

We’ve already covered making cookies in advance and how to freeze cookies. But how about once you’ve made them? Should they be stored in the fridge or on the counter? In a tin or a box? Here’s what to do with your delicious gluten free Christmas cookies:

  • Store on the counter: Keep gf Christmas cookies on the counter for 5-7 days depending on what kind of cookie you have. Most cookies will keep fine at room temperature. If you have frosted cookies, however, it’s better to keep them in the fridge.
  • Keep in the fridge: Frosted cookies should be kept in the fridge, especially if they are frosted with buttercream or cream cheese frosting. You can bring them out of the fridge to warm up to room temperature a bit before serving them. It’s also fine to store other cookies in the fridge in airtight containers – they’ll last a bit longer, up to 7 days. I recommend storing different types of cookies separately so that the flavors don’t blend into each other.
  • What kind of container? An airtight container is always best to preserve the freshness of cookies (or any baked goods). But, I also have success keeping my cookies in a tin on the counter for up to 5 days, or tightly covered with foil on a plate for up to 5 days.

12 Great Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

Choose one – or many! – of my favorite gluten free Christmas cookie recipes below!

1
A side view of a plate of red and green sprinkle-topped oat flour sugar cookies.
Oat Flour Sugar Cookies
Tender and buttery oat flour sugar cookies are as perfect in the holiday cookie tin as they are all year round. Naturally gluten-free oat flour plus pure vanilla extract, good butter, and sugar make these cookies stand out.
Check out this recipe
2
Gluten-Free Chewy Molasses Cookies
Chewy, tender molasses-ginger cookies are made from a combination of sorghum, almond and tapioca flours and sweetened with molasses, maple sugar, coconut sugar, and maple sugar.
Check out this recipe
3
Gluten Free Shortbread
These gluten free shortbread cookies are made with just one gluten-free flour – oat flour – for flavor and ease of prep. They are drizzled with a little melted chocolate to create cookie perfection!
Check out this recipe
4
Maple Shortbread Cookies
Buttery, rich with maple sugar, these shortbread cookies will have you reaching for just one more.
Check out this recipe
5
A side view of a plate of Hershey's kisses-topped gluten free peanut butter blossoms.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms
Easy gluten free peanut butter blossoms are the perfect holiday cookie, or enjoy them all throughout the year!
Check out this recipe
6
A bowl of gluten-free ghriba.
Gluten-Free Moroccan Ghriba Cookies
Simple ingredients are blended together to create a dense, not-too-sweet cookie in this take-off of a classic Moroccan cookie called ghriba.
Check out this recipe
7
A plate of oat flour chocolate chip cookies
Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Check out this recipe
8
Almond flour chocolate chip cookie
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
All you need is almond flour as the gluten-free flour for these tender and irresistible cookies.
Check out this recipe
9
Gluten-Free Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Not-too-sweet, whole grain, wholesome gluten-free cookies that are made in just one bowl.
Check out this recipe
10
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Check out this recipe
11
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Simple, not too sweet, and full of whole grains, these cookies are one of my favorites.
Check out this recipe
12
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
You may make these sugar cookies with butter instead of coconut oil if you wish in a 1:1 substitution. Err on the side of underbaking rather than overbaking; I pulled mine at about 9 minutes.
Check out this recipe

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