Learn how to make soft & chewy gluten-free drop-style sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles! A long time family-favorite recipe made gluten-free!

Plus 16 favorite gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes to make this holiday season. Perfect for gifts, cookie platters, parties and more!

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Simple homemade desserts make great gifts for friends and family. It’s a thoughtful way to let them know that you’re thinking of them, especially during the holidays.

But not everyone can enjoy traditional Christmas cookies. Those with food allergies, gluten intolerance or celiac disease have to be cautious, checking ingredients before they can accept homemade food gifts.

These gluten-free cookies are delicious to share with anyone – whether they need to eat gluten-free or not!

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Tips for Baking Gluten-Free Cookies

Most of the recipes below are pretty straight forward, and the ingredients are easy to find in typical grocery stores. But, if you’re new to gluten-free baking, here are a few general tips to help ensure gluten-free cookie success.

  1. Rest the dough. With the exception of coconut flour, gluten free flour blends take a bit longer to absorb moisture. Generally, you’ll have better results if you allow the cookie dough to rest for at least 30 minutes before baking. Plus, it helps to prevent grittiness.
  2. For chewy cookies, add almond flour. Adding a small amount of almond flour adds a chewy texture, nice golden color, and yummy flavor. If you have a nut allergy, you can use GF all-purpose flour instead. For many recipes, I use a combination of 1:1 GF baking flour and almond flour.
  3. Line your baking pans. To prevent your cookies from sticking, line the pans with a silicone baking mat or sheet of parchment paper.
  4. Thoroughly preheat your oven. If your oven isn’t hot enough, the cookie dough will begin to melt before it starts to bake. This can result in cookies that are flat, crisp, and sometimes burned on the outside while still raw on the inside.
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Recipes for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

I have a favorite basic gluten free cookie recipe that I make every year. I’ll walk you through how to make them, but first, here are some of my other favorite gluten-free holiday cookie recipes.

Classic Christmas Cookies

  1. Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Cookies – Chocolate and mint is a classic flavor pairing for Christmas treats. These cookies are rich and fudgy, and everyone loves them.
  2. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies – Hooray for cookies that are both soft AND hold their shape. They’re perfect for decorating and will bring a smile to your face.
  3. Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies – These gluten-free snowball cookies have a light, fluffy texture and rich, buttery flavor!
  4. Gluten-Free Almond Cookies – Enjoy them plain or top them with an easy almond glaze for even more almond flavor.
  5. Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies – Nothing says happy holidays better than this grain free, dairy free treat with the flavor of gingerbread! Oh, and the recipe is refined sugar free, too.
  6. Almond Flour Sugar Cookies – This recipe is a favorite for making classic cut-out cookies, with crisp edges and soft centers. It’s the perfect sugar cookie for decorating!
  7. Lace Cookies – A simple recipe for crispy, buttery goodness! Dip them in dark chocolate for extra decadence. They’re perfectly stackable, making them great for holiday gift-giving or any time of year!
  8. Flourless Chocolate Cookies – Everyone goes crazy for these gluten-free Christmas cookies. They’re sinfully rich, chewy, and delicious.
  9. Gluten-Free Carmelitas (dairy free option) – These oatmeal cookie bars have layers of melted caramel, chocolate, and pecans. This is a go-to recipe for when you’re tired of scooping cookie dough.
  10. Gluten-Free Biscotti – Biscotti is simple to make and it’s the best partner to a morning cup of coffee. Wrap it in colored cellophane and tie it with a pretty bow for a nice holiday thank-you gift.

Best Anytime Cookie Recipes

These are great for holiday cookie platters or a cookie exchange. But, because they don’t have seasonal flavors, they are a delicious treat any time of the year!

  1. Gluten-free Snickerdoodles – These cookies are super soft, with an irresistible cinnamon sugar flavor!
  2. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies – These perfectly soft, chewy cookies are downright irresistible, and nobody will guess that they’re gluten-free!
  3. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – If you need to choose just one go-to gluten-free cookie recipe to save, this is it! They’re even better than a classic chocolate chip cookie!
  4. Gluten-Free Monster Cookies – With a base of oatmeal, these naturally gluten-free Christmas  cookies are Santa’s favorite for breakfast!
  5. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – This recipe has rave reviews! The cookies have the perfect balance of flavors and texture – and nobody can tell that they’re gluten-free!
  6. Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies – These are completely grain-free, making them a nice choice for anyone who wants to avoid grains.
  7. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Scotchies – These soft and chewy gluten-free oatmeal scotchies cookies are loaded with butterscotch chips in every bite. They’re soft in the middle and crisp on the edges with a delicious buttery flavor. 
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Gluten-Free Drop Style Sugar Cookies

This is one of my favorite all-purpose cookie recipes. The dough includes buttermilk, so it has a nice tangy flavor.

Plus, it’s not necessary to scoop the dough! All you need is a spoon to drop the dough onto the cookie sheet. Or, you can roll the dough through sprinkles or colored sugar to give them festive flair.

Ingredients You’ll Need

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  • Gluten-Free Flour – I recommend usinga high quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. Be sure it contains xanthan gum.
  • Buttermilk – If you need a substitute, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of regular or non-dairy milk.
  • Sprinkles – I bought this large bag of Christmas sprinkles to make these cookies. I really like the shape for these cookies and the way they melt into the dough.

How to Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

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First you’ll start by making the dough…

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set them aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a handheld mixer. To whip air into the butter for fluffy, soft cookies, you’ll need to blend for at least 5 minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract. Be sure that the egg is fully incorporated before you add the dry ingredients.
  • Incorporate the dry ingredients. TIP: Turn the speed of your mixer to low, or you’ll end up flouring your kitchen (and your face!)
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Then you’ll scoop and roll the dough…

  • Add sprinkles or mix-ins of choice. If you want to use nuts or other large mix-ins, limit them to 1/2 cup or less total.
  • Scoop and roll dough into balls.
  • Roll balls of dough into sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired.
  • Chill the dough. This step is very important! Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours before baking it. You can chill it up to 3 days ahead.
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Chill the Dough!

IMPORTANT: This dough contains a lot of butter (which makes the cookies so delicious) but it really needs the chilling time so the butter hardens. This will prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.

The dough can be hard to scoop when it’s chilled. That’s why I recommend scooping/rolling the dough balls before the refrigerator time. Then baking them is easy peasy!

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Freezing raw cookie dough and baked cookies

Everyone is busy during the holidays, so making and freezing cookie dough is a great way to save time. Or, you can freeze gluten-free Christmas cookies after baking them.

Most raw cookie dough freezes well for up to 3 months. Just be sure to store it in airtight, freezer-safe containers or zip top plastic storage bags. The same rules apply for baked cookies.

TIP: Scoop and place balls of the dough on a paper plate, then transfer to the freezer. After the dough freezes, transfer the balls to a freezable container.

Also, be sure that baked cookies are completely cool before you freeze them. Doing this helps to delay the formation of ice crystals on the cookies.

If you want to bake frozen cookie dough, just add 2 minutes to the bake time for your recipe.

MORE Gluten-free christmas cookies

I hope you like this gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe as much as we do! They will make a cheerful addition to any cookie platter. If you try this recipe or have any questions leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Prep Time 20 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 24 cookies
These buttery, gluten-free, drop-style sugar cookies will make a delicious addition to any cookie platter. With festive sprinkles and a chewy texture they're sure to please!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons softened butter 1 1/2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup sprinkles + more for topping

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until creamed, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Mix in the buttermilk and sprinkles. Dough will be thick and sticky.
  • Scoop large sections of dough (about 2 Tablespoons of dough each) and roll into balls. Optional but delicious: Lightly dip the tops of the cookie dough balls in more sprinkles. Place dough balls onto a large plate or lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Chill the dough balls for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. (Transfer to an airtight container if storing more than a few hours.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Enjoy!

Notes

IMPORTANT: This dough contains a lot of butter (which makes the cookies so delicious) but it really needs the chilling time so the butter hardens. This will prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.
Notes on the Ingredients
  • Gluten-Free Flour – I recommend using a high quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. Be sure it contains xanthan gum.
  • Buttermilk – If you need a substitute, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of regular or non-dairy milk.
  • Sprinkles – I bought this large bag of Christmas sprinkles to make these cookies. I really like the shape for these cookies and the way they melt into the dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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