Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My 10 favorite gluten-free Christmas Cookies

1. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are my husband's absolute favorite cookies ever. I make them throughout the year, but even at Christmas, these are the cookies he wants. Last weekend we added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to them and they were delicious! I love the toasty, nutty flavor the walnuts added!

2. Chocolate Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies
Super easy refrigerator cookies that are really fun to make. They don't have to be perfectly rolled to be pretty and tasty! The kids in my neighborhood love these!

3. Cream Cheese Meltaways or perfect Gluten-Free Roll-Out Cookies
I have no idea how to make them dairy-free... so we haven't eaten these in a while, but one of my best friends and a sweet neighbor makes them every year for her family and she makes them into little decorated boy-scout cookies. She declares them the best sugar cookies ever!

4. Double Fudge Walnut Cookies
A variation of the chocolate chip cookies, these are one of my very favorites. Rich, fudgy, super chocolately... if you have chocoholics in your life this would make a great gift! They also hold up well to being frozen and being shipped!

5. Gingerbread Boys & Girls, or Gingerbread Roll-Out Cookies
Based off of a Paula Deen recipe, I created these several years ago and they are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. Super easy to roll out and really delicious. You can't go wrong with gingerbread cookies!

6. Gluten-Free, Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
You could also make these peanut-free by using almond butter or sunbutter or cashew butter... use whatever nut or seed butter you like. I love this crispy, chewy version of a classic peanut butter cookie.

7. Preacher Cookies or Stove-top Oatmeal Fudge Cookies
A favorite cookie from childhood! I first learned how to make these in 7th grade home economics and I've been making them ever since. Easy, no-bake, super quick to throw together. If you need cookies fast, these little babies will work! They were always a favorite at Sunday night youth group!

8. Snickerdoodles
Another favorite from childhood. These may have been the first cookies I ever learned how to make! The simple vanilla cookies coated in sugar and cinnamon are a toddler favorite and fit easily in little hands.

9. Classic Gluten-Free Spritz Cookies
These cookies are buttery and delicious. Almost like a short-bread and super delicious. They remind me of the butter cookies my parents always had around the holidays in a big round metal tin. We'll be making these again this year and serving as a dessert at our holiday meal! If you don't have the spritz cookie "machine" you can simply roll them in a log or in a square shape, refrigerate the dough for easy slice & bake cookies!

10. Vanilla Sandies
These cookies were an accident... but an absolutely yummy accident! They remind me of gluten-filled pecan sandies which were once a favorite cookie! They are soft and light, yet buttery with a wonderful crumb! You could also easily crumble these cookies for a lovely cookie crust. Would be wonderful for a banana pudding or a chocolate pudding pie!

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  1. This is a fantastic round up! YUM, I have added lots of them to my to make list!! My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)
    PS, we are starting the party early! It will be live Thursday night at 7:05 Eastern Time.

  2. Awesome round up! Can't wait to try the pinwheel and double fudge ones! I have a few gluten free cookie recipes that you might like on my blog....

    Keep the great recipes coming! Vanessa

  3. Great round-up of recipes, my daughter will be so pleased to see some of her traditional favorites can be GF! Thanks for doing the work and taking the guess work out of it for me. :)

  4. Carrie -- these cookies look FANTASTIC! You are so kind and generous to post the recipes for us...thank you!!! Especially since I had just been feeling sorry for myself when a friend gave us a huge plate of homemade Christmas cookies, and it's the first Christmas that I couldn't have any. Your recipes and pictures made my day.
    One side question -- can I ask what patterns and company three of those plates are from? So pretty! #1, #10, and the one with the blue snowflakes. :)
    Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

    1. I know number 1. That's Pfatzgraff's Grapevine pattern. We had it until last Christmas when my mom gave us new dinnerware and I passed my Grapevine dinnerware onto a friend who had the same but was missing pieces. I love my new dinnerware, but I miss my "grapes" from time to time.

  5. These are great! Been looking for the Preacher Cookie recipe forever! My grandma & I made them every Christmas when I was a kid. She just called them No-Bake Oatmeal cookies, so that made searching for them a challenge, to say the least, lol.

    So, thank you! I can now share this childhood treat with my own kidlings. =)