20 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Photo: Brenda Skidmore

Gluten-free baking doesn't have to be boring. These seasonal cookie recipes are made with gluten-free substitutes, like almond flour and rice flour, so everyone can enjoy them. From traditional holiday staples (like Sugar Cutout Cookies, Gingersnaps, Gingerbread Cookies, and Buckeyes) to festive flavors you'll love (try these Brown Butter-Cassava Flour Snickerdoodles or these Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies), you'll find a new flourless favorite in this collection of gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes.

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Buckeye Cookies III

chocolate covered round cookies

You can't beat a classic no-bake cookie. These six-ingredient chocolate-covered peanut butter balls are not only exceptionally easy, they are great for gifting.

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Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Brenda Skidmore

How festive are these cute cutout cookies? You can use any glute-free flour you have on hand. Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says they are quite sturdy, so they hold up well during decorating.

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Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies
Isabel Carlisle Storolis

"I decided to squeeze in one more holiday cookie recipe before the New Year," says recipe creator Isabel Carlisle Storolis. "These gluten-free gingersnaps are the best cookie I've ever made, and I might even go as far to say my new favorite cookie of all time!"

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Coconut Bon Bons

Coconut Bon Bons

You only need six easy-to-find ingredients (butter, confectioners' sugar, sweetened condensed milk, flaked coconut, semisweet chocolate, and shortening) to make these delicious and festive little balls.

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Gluten-Free Hello Dolly Squares

coconut chocolate hello dolly bars
Linda T

These layered chocolate bars are easy, decadent, and free of gluten. People who like coconut will absolutely love this recipe.

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Vegan Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Vegan Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

"Look no further for the best vegan and gluten-free sugar cookies," according to Fioa. "These vegan almond flour sugar cookies are so tasty and easy to make, and are great to decorate."

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Brown Butter-Cassava Flour Snickerdoodles

stack of snickerdoodles on a white cake stand
Angela Sackett Superhotmama

"These grain-free cassava flour cookies are made with coconut sugar, so they're much healthier than the traditional version, slightly less sweet, and full of cinnamon-y goodness," says recipe creator Angela Sackett Superhotmama.

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Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies

Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies
Angela Sackett Superhotmama

"These delicious cookies are both grain-free and gluten-free," says recipe creator Angela Sackett Superhotmama. "To make them paleo, substitute ghee or palm shortening for butter, and replace confectioners' sugar with finely powdered coconut sugar."

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Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Vegan gingerbread cookies shaped like stars and men

This gluten-free and vegan gingerbread cookie recipe — which calls for almond flour, arrowroot, and coconut oil — is as flavorful as it is festive.

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Four-Ingredient Gluten-Free Italian Coconut Cookies

Four-Ingredient Gluten-Free Italian Coconut Cookies
Buckwheat Queen

You only need four ingredients (egg whites, sugar, shredded coconut, and gluten-free flour) to make these delicious Italian cookies. Recipe creator Buckwheat Queen suggests drizzling them with chocolate.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies

stack of shortbread cookies
Buckwheat Queen

These five-ingredient shortbread cookies, made with vegan margarine and gluten-free flour, are perfect for people with dietary restrictions.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

"This recipe is gluten-free and delicious," according to recipe creator Jackie. "Pecans are great in these, but feel free to use peanuts or any other nut you choose."

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Salted Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)

Salted Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Treats (Gluten Free)
Photo by ReneePaj.

These sweet squares taste just like the grocery store favorite, but with caramel. This sweet and salty recipe is made with gluten-free crispy rice cereal.

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Low-Carb Almond Coconut Sandies (Keto, Gluten-Free)

Low-Carb Almond Coconut Sandies (Keto, Gluten-Free)
Photo by Julie Cleveland Roberts.

"This is a slightly sweet cookie with a texture that reminds me of a pecan sandy," says recipe creator Melanie. "It is a perfect dessert for those on a low-carb or keto diet. For best taste, refrigerate before serving."

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Linda T

These festive cookies, which are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, are perfect for chocolate lovers. The recipe calls for rice flour, so it's perfect for gluten-free diets.

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Pignoli Cookies I

pignoli cookies on a rack
linda ch

This nutty and easy recipe calls for only five delicious ingredients: almond paste, white sugar, confectioners' sugar, egg whites, and pine nuts.

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Peppermint Patties

peppermint patties cut in half

"I have made these every year as one of many Christmas treats," says recipe creator PATTY STOCKTON. "My family really loves them, it wouldn't be Christmas without them!"

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Cinnamon Stars

a German Christmas cookie cut into star shapes with a thin white glaze on a white plate

You'll need a star-shaped cookie cutter for this seasonal recipe, which calls for ground almonds instead of all-purpose flour. Of course, they'll be just as tasty in any shape.

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Peppermint Meringues

meringues with green and red sprinkles

What's the secret ingredient to perfectly light and fluffy meringues? Cream of tartar! Use a combination of red and green candy canes for a pop of festive color.

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Photo by Lainey.

"This is the classic Italian almond macaroon," according to recipe creator Kevin Ryan. "When first baked they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. As they sit, they get crunchy throughout."

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