The holidays are quickly approaching and our Fearless Dining family is in full-on gluten free cookie mode. We love to bake (and eat) gluten free cookies all year long, but for some reason, the holidays are extra special. We truly hope you enjoy this collection of our favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies recipes.
If you are a cookie fanatic like we are, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free cookie recipes!
Do you have a holiday tradition in your home? Our holiday tradition is to bake a lot of cookies. The majority of these cookie recipes are freezable, so if you make a lot of cookies, just pop them into a Ziplock bag and freeze them! My kids like to eat them frozen…kids can be funny sometimes.
I would love to hear which of these gluten free cookie recipes you make, and how you incorporate them into your family holiday traditions.
How close to the holidays can you bake Christmas cookies?
I like to make Christmas cookies a few days before the holiday. If you want to make your cookies ahead, you can make your gluten free Christmas cookies then freeze them.
How do you freeze Christmas cookies?
To freeze your Christmas cookies, I use freezer-safe plastic bags. Place the cookies on plastic wrap and wrap them carefully. Slide the wrapped cookies into the freezer bag and freeze flat. (And make sure your family doesn’t put anything on top of them!!)
If you want to thaw your frozen cookies, remove from the freezer. I place the cookies on a paper towel covered plate and allow the cookies to thaw at room temperature.
What is the best gluten free flour for baking gluten free cookies?
There are several gluten free flour blends that I like to use in baking these gluten free Christmas cookie recipes including:
- I like King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour blend because it is also corn free.
- Another favorite is Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. This is great for baking. Be careful not to use their red bag gluten free flour in sweet recipes because it contains bean flour.
- If you like a super fine flour, this Authentic Foods MultiBlend is milled so fine, it has no gritty taste at all.
*Note, if your gluten free flour blend doesn’t include Xanthan Gum, add 1 teaspoon to your cookie recipe. This ingredient is the glue that helps hold your cookies together.
Also, note that there are tons of brands of gluten free flour blends out there. Just because a flour blend isn’t on this list, it doesn’t mean it won’t work…it just means I haven’t used it in my recipes. Keep an eye on starch to flour ratio in flour blends…if your flour blend has a lot of starch, it will behave very differently in how it bakes, absorbs liquids, etc.
Do you have to refrigerate cookie dough before baking?
Whether you have to refrigerate a cookie dough before baking will depend on the type of cookie you are making. Cut-out style cookies and sugar cookies definitely turn out better when the dough is cold. Chocolate chip cookies and other cookies don’t need refrigeration.
What sprinkles are gluten free?
There are several types of sprinkles that are gluten free. Unfortunately, Wilton sprinkles are not gluten free due to being manufactured on shared equipment. (*If you aren’t very sensitive, you may be able to use Wilton sprinkles…but many can’t)
Here are a few brands I like to use:
What are the most popular cookies for Christmas?
Gosh, that is a tough one!! I would have to say the most popular Christmas cookie is the one you like best and the one that inspires family memories.
What tools do you need to make gluten free Christmas cookies?
You can make these cookie recipes with lots of tools, or none…there are definitely some things that help make the cookies look more uniform, making your baking easier. Here are some staple products I use in my kitchen: