Whether you're looking for gluten-free sugar cookies, gingerbread, or something more festive (Grinch-inspired macarons, anyone?), we have you covered this holiday season.
Advertisement
Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies That Santa Would Definitely Approve Of , Christmas table scene of mixed sweets and cookies. Above view over a rustic wood background. Holiday baking concept.
Credit: Getty Images

Baking and eating Christmas cookies is a holiday tradition no one should ever have to give up—not even due to a dietary restriction like being gluten-free. Luckily, bakers on the internet have come up with a delicious workaround: festive cookie recipes that use alternative wheat flours. Here are 15 recipes for mouthwatering Christmas cookies, sans gluten.

1. Gluten-free sugar cookies

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

Nothing screams Christmas quite like sugar cookies—plus, decorating them is half the fun. Get ready to whip out all the icing and sprinkles so you can adorn these delicious gluten-free versions.

Get the Recipe

2. Gluten-free chocolate chip matcha cookies

Homemade Vegan green cookies with matcha tea and chocolate chip. placed on a wooden board
Credit: Getty Images

This holiday twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie brings a unique, yet subtle, flavor to the mix. Plus, matcha is a good source of antioxidants.

Get the Recipe

3. Gluten-free gingerbread cookies

gluten-free-gingerbread-cookies
Credit: officiallyglutenfree.com

Is it really Christmas without gingerbread cookies? This recipe from Officially Gluten Free will let you indulge in this seasonal, yummy staple.

Get the Recipe

4. Gluten-free peanut butter cup cookies 

gluten-free-peanut-buttercup-cookies
Credit: mypennywiselife.com

You know what's even better than dessert? Dessert that's easy to make. These four-ingredient peanut butter cup cookies from My Pennywise Life are both simple and mouth-watering.

Get the Recipe

5. Gluten-free and vegan meringue cookies

Vegan Meringue Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

Not only is this recipe gluten-free, but it's also vegan-friendly! Instead of using eggs to create all that signature fluffiness of meringues, it uses aquafaba—the liquid from canned chickpeas.

Get the Recipe

6. Gluten-free chocolate strawberry shortbread cookies

chocolate-strawberry-shortbread-cookies
Credit: officiallyglutenfree.com

Chocolate and strawberries are always a winning combination. Incorporate the two into this tasty twist on the classic shortbread cookie from Officially Gluten Free.

Get the Recipe

7. Gluten-free lemon thumbprint cookies

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

If you're a fan of citrus, you'll love these zesty cookies, which are made with fresh lemons. However, you might want to skip if you're sugar-free—the recipe does not recommend using a sugar substitute.

Get the Recipe

8. Gluten-free Grinch heart macarons

grinch-heart-macaroon
Credit: whattheforkfoodblog.com

These adorable (and very green!) macarons from What The Fork food blog are exactly what we imagine Cindy Lou Who would be eating this holiday season.

Get the Recipe

9. Gluten-free almond butter and dark chocolate chip cookies

almond-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies
Credit: hangrywoman.com

This almond butter dark chocolate chip cookie recipe from Hangry Woman is the crowd pleaser all your party guests and family members will want more of.

Get the Recipe

10. Gluten-free almond cookies

Simple Almond Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

These simple almond cookies would pair well with an after-dinner cup of espresso. Plus, the chocolate drizzle adds a bit of pizzaz to their appearance with minimal effort.

Get the Recipe

11. Gluten-free Christmas cookie bars

gluten-free-christmas-cookie-bars
Credit: hunnyimhomediy.com

Bring a little pop of color to your cookie tray this season with these pretty Christmas cookie bars from Hunny I'm Home DIY.

Get the Recipe

12. Gluten-free chocolate pretzel crinkle cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Crinkle Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

If you're a fan of salty and sweet, this is the recipe for you. With a dusting of powdered sugar on top, these cookies add a festive flair to your next holiday party.

Get the Recipe

13. Gluten-free gingersnap ice cream sandwiches

Gluten-Free Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwiches
Credit: Getty Images

While this recipe isn't technically a cookie, we just had to include it. Even in the winter months it's hard to say no to a good ice cream sandwich.

Get the Recipe

14. Gluten-free Linzer cookies

Gluten-Free Almond-Oat Linzer Cookies
Credit: Getty Images

A staple of both Austrian and German Christmas celebrations, these cookies have a crumbly almond crust with a gooey jam center. Ice on chocolate eyes and ears, and you'll even have a little Rudolph look-alike.

Get the Recipe

15. Gluten-free peanut butter rice krispies

vegan-peanut-butter-chocolate-rice-crispies
Credit: thechocoholicbaker.com

Add something extra onto your Rice Krispies treats this year and try this recipe from The Chocoholic Baker. Not only are they gluten-free, they're also vegan, low in sugar, and FODMAP-friendly.

Get the Recipe

To get more nutrition and diet tips delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Balanced Bites newsletter.