I’m sharing my gluten-free Christmas Cookies roundup from this year, 2021. I experimented with a few favorites that I had never made gluten-free before and they turned out great!
I even managed to make several kinds in one day with a 10-month-old baby in the house. All it took was some planning ahead and thinking through my timeline. If I can do it, you can too!
I’d tried two of the recipes before, one last year, and the other is one I’ve modified and made numerous times over the last couple years. I know if I record them here and link to the recipes I found from other great bloggers, that I would be able to find them again next year.
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Classic Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies
My two classic Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without are Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies.
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Last year I tried this sugar cookie recipe from Evolving Table. They were delicious so I tried them again this year and I think they got even better! Although, hers look much better than mine did.
I decided to try making candy canes by rolling dough thin, dipping one in red sugar sprinkles, and then twisting a red and a plain one together. They did not stay together very well that way so I gave up on that. I eventually just shaped candy canes by hand and dipped them all in red sugar. I did not end up frosting them this year which skipped both a step as well as calories and they were still my favorite! (Granted, they were dipped in sugar…)
These literally were my favorite this year – funny looking and all. I made them for an event with students and we ate them all before going to my family’s Christmas gathering! Don’t worry, no one else is gluten-free and there were other sugar cookies to enjoy!
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies
I don’t think I’ve tried making the same gingerbread cookie recipe (gluten or not) more than once over the past few years. But this one was quite good and I’d like to make it again. In fact, my younger sister said she enjoyed them (she only ate them because her kids tried them and rejected them) but she like them! Definitely a winner.
This recipe is from One Lovely Life and it caught my eye because of her great Pinterest video graphic on the pin. The cookies didn’t disappoint.
I do not have any photos of my cookies (those are Emily’s from One Lovely LIfe pictured above) which is both good and bad. Good because they really were not that pretty, just slathered with icing and sprinkles. (My husband was on sprinkle duty and he did an excellent job, the issue was with the icing.) And bad because although Emily’s cookies look so pretty, mine would show you what you could make if you were focused on efficiency all while still maintaining excellent flavor and taste!
Other Tasty Christmas Cookies
When it comes to gluten-free Christmas Cookies, I haven’t made many. I’ve only been gluten-free for almost two years, so only two Christmases. Even before being GF, some years all I make are sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. But this year I branched out and made three additional kinds of cookies.
I’ve never made Chocolate Crinkle cookies before, I didn’t even know what they were called. I just had an image in my mind and googled “chocolate cookies with powdered sugar” and learned what they are called.
These ones I will definitely make again. They were especially good fresh on the day they were made. The chocolate chips in them give an extra chocolatey punch!
So if I’m being honest I didn’t know what these ones were called either. I guess I just eat cookies, not talk about them! These ones turned out nicely but they were a little crumbly. Next time I may see if I can get the dough a little more wet before I bake them.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
These are absolutely delicious. So creamy and rich in flavor! I’ve made them every year for the past few years. so easy and so good. Sadly, I don’t have a page to send you to for this one. When I make them next time I will photograph them and make a post but until then you will have to do with this brief recipe.
- Gluten-Free Peppermint JoeJoes (Trader Joe’s Cookie)
- Or plain Gluten-free Joe Joe’s or Oreos, then add Mint Extract to the mix
- Block of room temp cream cheese
- 1 Bag Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a food processor blend cookies and cream cheese together until creamy
- Roll into small balls, smaller than a golf ball but bigger than an eyeball (they get bigger when you cover them in chocolate)
- Place balls on a baking sheet and put in the freezer for 20-30 minutes
- Melt chocolate chips in a bowl (put in microwave for 20-30 seconds then stir and go another 20-30 seconds); I melt roughly 1/2 cup at a time
- Drop a cookie ball in the melted chocolate and roll around. Once coated remove and place on a lined cookie sheet then immediately top with sprinkles (if desired)
- I used two forks to roll them around and then lift them out – seems to work better than fingers or spoons
- I’ve used white chocolate too and then drizzled it with dark chocolate; other fun toppings would be crushed candy cane or red-colored white chocolate drizzle
- Once the tray is full put it back in the freezer (or fridge) until they are hard
- Keep refrigerated
What kind of Gluten-Free flour should I use?
My favorite 1-to-1 Gluten-Free flour mix is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. The flour works great in every recipe I use it for. Price-wise, it is somewhere in the middle of the Gluten-Free flour options.
I also like Bob’s Red Mill as a company. It might have a bearded white male on the cover, but they are so much more than that. They are employee-owned and embrace diversity and equity. They even try to buy from minority and women-owned business enterprises. I feel I can trust their products. Learn more on their website.
Being efficient with time.
I made the Chocolate Crinkles, Sugar cookies, and Peanut Butter Blossoms all on the same day and had them ready by 3…and I nursed my son, went to church, cleaned up, ate meals, etc. (My husband is always a huge help with Sunday lunch and our son!)
Make sure to shop ahead of time so you have all the ingredients ready to go. Also, read through the recipes ahead of time so you know if they need to chill before baking, if eggs or butter need to be at room temp., etc.
I made the Chocolate Crinkle dough and Peanut Butter Blossom dough during the morning nap, then chilled them as we went to church and ate lunch. After lunch, I mixed and baked the sugar cookies, then during afternoon nap time I baked the Crinkles and Blossoms after they were nicely chilled.
The gingerbread cookies were made in 3 days with snippets of time each day. On the first day, mix the dough and chill. On the second day, roll out and bake the cookies. On the third day, make frosting and frost cookies.
The Truffles can be made in snippets of time too. Mix the dough and roll it into balls. Chill or freeze the balls. Melt chocolate and cover truffles.
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