These gluten free peppermint sugar cookies are a family favorite that would be the hit of any cookie exchange party this holiday season. You get a bonus with these cookies too! Gooey Peppermint Patties are melted into each cookie.
If you love cookies as much as we do, check out my best gluten free holiday cookie recipes.
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It seems like the holidays are coming faster and faster every year.
We just finished Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Then the race is on for Hanukkah and Christmas. Stores are already putting up their Christmas decorations!
Before our family had to go gluten free, we used to participate in cookie exchanges around the holidays. Each mom would spend weeks trying to come up with the perfect cookie to make for this event.
I remember cookies I had made, chocolate chip, candy cane shaped striped cookies, cookies with frosting, cookie bars, it was always so much fun to try to top what I made the year before.
And then the fun part...the get-together.
The kids would be so excited for this day. They would wake up and jump out of bed ready to go see their friends and eat cookies :-). It was pretty cute.
Everyone who attended would come home with a huge full plate of cookies. I bring some of my Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies. I loved this. Cookie exchanges are the best way to get so many different types of cookies without having to make so many varieties yourself. And time with friends?
Now that our family is all gluten free, we don't participate in cookie exchanges anymore. The risk of cross-contamination is too high. We do have a few friends who are gluten free, so it may be a great time for me to organize our own gluten free cookie exchange party :-).
What gluten free flour is best for this recipe?
I use several different gluten free flour blends when I bake. TIP: Do NOT use a gluten free flour blend with bean flours. It will leave a bad aftertaste in your sweets. Also, if the gluten free flour blend you use doesn't contain Xanthan Gum, add 1 teaspoon. Xanthan Gum (or Guar Gum) helps hold the gluten free baked goods together.
- Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend
- Authentic Foods Multiblend
- King Arthur Gluten Free Blend
One thing I discovered baking gluten free is you have to be really careful with your gluten free flour blend. Some work and some just don't in certain recipes. It is like a chemistry experiment every time you bake.
Put dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to blend. In a smaller bowl, add all wet ingredients and whisk. Mix the wet and dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on a cookie sheet. Press down slightly to flatten. Top with 1/4 of a peppermint patty and holiday sprinkles and bake. For another fun holiday cookie, try this easy gluten free butter cookies recipe.
Can you freeze these cookies?
You definitely can freeze these cookies! I like to double the recipe and freeze some dough for baking later. You can also chill this dough and roll it out to use cookie cutters.
Can you use this recipe with cookie cutters?
You can use this recipe with cookie cutters, but you need to reduce the amount of butter by 1 tablespoon. Also, you will need to refrigerate the dough before rolling it for 2 hours.
More Delicious Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes:
- My family's Gluten Free Pfeffernusse Cookies recipe is one of my most popular holiday cookie recipes!
- If you love chocolate, try this easy Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe.
- Another family recipe, everyone will enjoy these Gluten Free Vanille Kipferl Cookies!
- These Gluten Free Snowball Cookies are always a hit.
Things You Need To Make This Gluten Free Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe:
- My favorite cookie scoop. This is what makes your cookies all uniformly sized.
- These bowls don't slide around when you are mixing up your ingredients....it makes it easier for my kids to do stir for me.
- 1 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour Blend, (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup melted butter plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- peppermint patties
- Holiday sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray coconut oil on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls onto a baking sheet.
- Flatten slightly with your hand.
- Press 1/4 of a peppermint patty into the top and then add holiday sprinkles.
- Bake 8 minutes until done.
- Remove from baking sheet onto a cooling rack.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.
(*This post was updated from an older 11/2015 post.)