Best Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

These cookies omit the gluten, but keep the spirit of the season

Eating gluten-free doesn't mean you need to give up the holiday tradition of baking Christmas cookies — if anything, most people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity bake more often around the holidays than they once did, since it's tough to find store-bought gluten-free treats specifically created for the season.

Fortunately, excellent gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes abound online. Here's my roundup of some of the best ones I've found.


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If you like the combination of chocolate and peppermint, this recipe from well-known gluten-free chef Beth Hillson should please you: it uses crispy chocolate wafers to sandwich peppermint cream filling ... with crushed candy canes mixed in. The recipe, which uses Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry Decadent Chocolate Cake Mix, is easy to pull together and should be a real crowd-pleaser.



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Feeling more adventurous than mere cookies can accommodate? You may be ready for a major construction project: a gluten-free gingerbread house. You can bake one from scratch using a gluten-free gingerbread house recipe, or use a mix (one of these options utilizes Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix). You also can order a kit. Top it off with gluten-free candy and you could have a prizewinner (if it lasts that long!).



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Over at the gluten-free blog She Let Them Eat Cake, Maggie has posted 12 days of gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes. The chocolate peppermint wafer cookies look the best to me (although the pistachio cranberry biscotti run a close second). Readers also have contributed some recipes, providing some interesting new options for holiday baking.



Madeleines are a type of French cookie, and one I particularly enjoyed in my pre-gluten-free days. Shauna James Ahern, the author of the "Gluten Free Girl" blog and co-author (with her husband) of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, created these amazing-looking madeleines by adapting them from a French cookbook. With ginger, cloves, and honey, they should make a delicious holiday treat.



I love cranberries and eat very few grains, and so these grain-free, agave-sweetened treats with orange zest from definitely appeal to me. Instead of a grain-based cookie base, the bars use a mixture of dates and pecans combined in a food processor with grape seed oil and sea salt.



Christmas fruitcake
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Sometimes I feel as if my family is the only one out there that actually enjoys fruitcake ... but we can't be, because the grocery stores are packed with them during the holidays. Fruitcake doesn't really fit neatly into a list of gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes, but my holiday wouldn't be complete without it. Even if you don't really like fruit cake, some of these recipes might surprise you.


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