The Very Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies of 2014

The Very Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies of 2014

We’ve done it before, and we’re doing it again (2013 is here and here). The Very Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookie collage is our chance to review the year’s cookies on the blog, and admire our handiwork.

This list doesn’t have every cookie recipe we’ve made on the blog in the last year. Instead, it has the gluten free cookies for the last year that are simply perfect for your Christmas Cookie Plate. The ones that will impress your friends and family with both taste and presentation.

These are the cookies that will have them begging for the recipe, and you’ll have to say “Sorry! They’re gluten free recipes and I don’t know if they’ll work with ‘regular’ flour!” And then you get to feel just a little bit smug since the tables are usually turned. But you’ll say it with love!

There might be another 2 cookie/bar recipes coming in the nick of time next week, leading right up to Christmas, but for now, here’s what we’ve got!:

The Very Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies 2014

Here’s the 10¢ tour of these 21 gluten free Christmas cookie recipes, and what I love about each and every one of them. There are tons, so we’re gonna zip through ’em:

Gluten Free Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are the red velvet version of my soft batch chocolate chip cookies. They taste like they’re just out of the oven, but they don’t make a gooey mess like, well, they just came of the oven. They’re soft and lightly chocolatey, just like red velvet is meant to be. The white chocolate chips are a nice touch, too.

Gluten Free Soft Peanut Butter Cookies: Baking with peanut butter typically makes cookies crunchy, like traditional crosshatch PB cookies. These soft cookies are different, and delightfully so—just be sure to use a no-stir peanut butter, the kind that doesn’t separate in the jar!

Gluten Free Starbucks-Style Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies: I’ve done plenty of Starbucks copycat recipes in the last year or so (I’ve really been eyeing their chocolate chip cookies and must.clone.them.), but these oatmeal cookies, packed with dried fruits, these buttery, chewy cookies are the oatmeal cookies to beat. And we all know how I love a copycat recipe.

Gluten Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies: Yes! There was another chocolate thumbprint cookie on the blog. Sadly, a few of the oldest recipes on the blog have just up and disappeared. And I have absolutely no idea why! Forgive me? These chocolate turtle thumbprint cookies are really the only chocolate thumbprint cookie you need, though. Soft and pillowy chocolate cookies that keep their shape—and their thumbprint. Fill them however you like!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies: So fancy! So easy, though. Really.

Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Cookies: Crispy around the edges, chewy in the center, these perfect lemon poppyseed cookies are all that you hope they’ll be. But wait, what’s that? There’s also a lighter version of them? I also lightened up the recipe, cutting the fat in half and the sugar nearly in half. Well I’ll be …

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: These were a surprise hit on the blog. I mean, they’re deliciously chewy PB/oatmeal cookies, and of course they’re as simple as drop cookie can be, but you really loved them. Me too. :)

Gluten Free Neiman Marcus-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies: What a silly little myth that whole $250-for-a-recipe-story was, right? But never mind—they’re really kind of some of the best CCCs around. Don’t skip the grated chocolate, okay? It pretty much makes the cookie. And I like mine with peanuts, not almonds. Just try it!

Gluten Free Half Brownie Half Cookie Cookies: Looking back, I should probably just have called these half-brownie-half-cookie cookies “brookies.” If you know them at all, that’s how you know them. *New Year’s Resolution for Nicole: stop standing on ceremony.*

Gluten Free Oatmeal Lace Cookies: Light, crispy oatmeal lace cookies are not really the sort of cookies you want to pack up and send through the mail. They’ll break. But they’re the perfect cookie to enjoy with a cup of tea, if you’re not traveling too far. :)

Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies: Did Tipper Gore really think that she was going to win with gingersnap cookies? Do you think she knew that Laura Bush was making these chewy, decadent cowboy cookies? Please tell me she didn’t know.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies: These are true PB&J cookies. There is both PB and J in the cookies themselves—plus a dab of jelly on top. Plain vanilla cookies with a dollop of PB and a drop of J on top? Not the real deal.

Gluten Free Apple Pie Cookies: All the taste of apple pie, but in a sweet, chewy cookie. C’mon.

Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Cookies: Chewy cocoa cookies with … a marshmallow sandwiched in between. What if you had them with a cup of cocoa? Mind—blown.

Gluten Free Browned Butter Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are the cookies that my oldest child talks about all the time. It’s just enough Nutella in the center that you taste it, but it doesn’t overpower the chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside cookies. The browned butter takes them right over the top.

Gluten Free Rainbow Cookies: These were already on a Gluten Free Christmas Cookie 2012 list, but then I went and did a reshoot and, well, they really brighten up a cookie plate. And a cookie collage, for that matter. Don’t you think?

Soft Gluten Free Gingerbread Men Cookies: If you’re building a gingerbread house, well then you want the traditional crispy gingerbread men dough. But otherwise? I really think these soft and chewy men take the cake. Get it? Cookies take the cake. *hardy har har*

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies, 5 Ways: One basic (really basic) cookie base, 5 different cookies. Just be sure to use one of my recommended gluten free flour blends (not all so-called all purpose gluten free flour blends are created alike!), and measure by weight. Such a simple recipe really requires baking precision.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Cookies: We had PB and J, now we have PB and banana. Soft, pillowy PB and banana cookies. A delight!

Gluten Free Candy Cane Sugar Cookies: Much the same as the dough from the cinnamon roll sugar cookies above, these candy cane sugar cookies are just super festive and fun. They’re easy too! The dough holds up amazingly well, and has great texture both raw and baked. No cracked cookies here!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies: These are your last minute, super-easy-but-still-impressive rich chocolate cheesecake cookies. All the taste of chocolate cheesecake, no springform pan and no water bath. What’s not to like?


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  • Michelle
    December 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Oh, those soft peanut butter chocolate chip, the Neiman Marcus and the cowboy cookies are all SO good! It would be hard to choose between them! Thanks for all of these- I really appreciate knowing that I can always trust your recipes.

  • kittywitty
    December 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    I made your chocolate cheesecake cookies last night…so good and chocolatey! On a few of them, I added crushed candy canes to the top center of the cookie before putting them in the oven. I’m making the candy cane cookies today! Thanks for all the great cookie recipes!

  • Elena
    December 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Hi Nicole. i made your lean sandwich bread today from gfoas bakes bread. smells delicous but it didn’t rise after i shaped it and it only browned on the bottom(i used a glass pan) why didnt it work that great?

  • karen
    December 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I love this, thank you! I made the candy cane cookies the other day and they turned out amazing. Will make some other varieties today!

  • Lucy
    December 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Getting the ingredients for the Christmas bake off this weekend :)
    Thanks Nicole for the wonderful recipes!

  • Donia Robinson
    December 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I have not made a SINGLE Christmas cookie. (Hanging head in shame.)

  • Jennifer S.
    December 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Ugh – I forgot about those rainbow cookies – maybe for new years!!! :) thanks for all you do, this is one fabulous round up!

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