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The Very Best Gluten Free Cookies of 2019

The Very Best Gluten Free Cookies of 2019

Only the best gluten free cookies of 2019 make this list, so you’re going to want to make every single recipe here. Fire up the oven and start mixing!

The 14 best gluten free cookies of 2019 all in one place.

Every year, we review the year’s best gluten free cookies here on the blog. We’ve done it before (2013 is here and here2014’s best is here2015’s best here; 2016’s best here and who could forget 2017’s best here. Oh oh wait don’t leave out 2018’s best.) And with any luck 🍀 we will live to do it again. 

How we decide which cookies make the “best of” list

In keeping with tradition of the last few years on the blog, these recipes are not the only gluten free cookies published on the blog in 2019. They’re just the best gluten free cookies of 2019 on the blog according to you and your views and clicks.

In the earliest days of the blog (bless), the “best of” lists were based simply on total visits and clicks, without regard to the year in which the recipe was posted. But the way the Internet works is that oldies tend to do better today than they did when they were first published—and than any other more recently-published post. So it became a ho-hum boring as heck process, repeating the same oldies time and again. 

Now, to be eligible, each cookie recipe must have a blog publication date in the calendar year 2019. And things have gotten much more EXCITING ever since. 👯‍♀️🍾🥳

Each and every one of the 14 cookie recipes here in this collection freezes beautifully, so double and triple up on your favorites so your freezer stash is prepped. Let’s plan to eat our feelings in 2020.

A quick note 📝 about the supposed evils of sugar

Have you heard of “intuitive eating” in 2019? Well, it says that no foods are “good” or “bad” and as someone who writes what is primarily a baking blog, I LIKE IT.

Maybe I’ll link people who email me to say that I’m killing everyone by encouraging sugar consumption a link to one of those articles… 🤓 

Where are the actual recipes?

For each of the these fabulous gluten free cookie recipes, please click on the link below each photo to see the full recipe for that particular cookie. Meet you back here next year the Friday before Christmas for 2020’s best!

Gluten free chocolate kiss cookies arranged on a serving platter.
These gluten free chocolate kiss cookies are rich and fudgy with a thin, crispy shell, all topped off with a single Hershey’s kiss after baking. There’s even a chocolate and peanut butter-flavored variation!

This gluten free butter cookie recipe turns out perfect icebox or spritz (cookie press) cookies every time. They hold their shape and can be as simple or as fancy as you like!

This gluten free butter cookie recipe turns out perfect icebox or spritz (cookie press) cookies every time. They hold their shape and can be as simple or as fancy as you like.

Stack of gluten free sable cookies with one cookie standing on its end.

Gluten free sablé cookies are simple slice-and-bake French-style buttery shortbread cookies. Crunchy outside, chewy inside, with sparkly coarse sugar all around. And they have an accent mark in the name, for better or worse.

These gluten free Nutella monster cookies are like a cross between a nut butter cookie and an oatmeal cookie. Made with Nutella instead of the traditional peanut butter, they're a truly special treat.

These Nutella monster cookies are like a cross between a nut butter cookie and an oatmeal cookie. Made with Nutella instead of the traditional peanut butter, they’re a truly special treat for the Nutella lovers in the house.

These soft, chewy cutout gluten free lemon sugar cookies are just like Lofthouse cookies, but with a simple lemon icing and just enough bright, citrus flavor.

These soft, chewy cutout gluten free lemon sugar cookies are just like Lofthouse cookies, but with a simple lemon icing and just enough bright, citrus flavor. They’re beautiful, and special, and tasty.

These naturally gluten free peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with oats, oat flour and some cornstarch for the perfect chewy cookie.

These naturally gluten free peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with oats, oat flour and some cornstarch for the perfect chewy cookie. They have sugar, but they’re all whole grains and so I feel a wee bit better about serving them all.the.time.

These gluten free apple pie cookies are a simple drop cookie with all the taste of apple pie, plus a little extra sweetness from white chocolate chips.

These gluten free apple pie cookies are a simple drop cookie with all the taste of apple 🍎 pie, plus a little extra sweetness from white chocolate chips. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of such a thing.

They’re thick and chewy and will be a new favorite—if you’ll just make one little batch. 

This recipe for flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, with only 6 simple ingredients, makes perfectly soft and chewy cookies. You'll never believe they have no flour!

This recipe for flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, with only 6 simple ingredients, makes perfectly soft and chewy cookies. You’ll never believe they have no flour.

And by “no flour” I really do mean no flour. The oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies above are not no flour because they have oats ground into flour. I take pride in that sort of somewhat-meaningless distinction.

A tall stack of gluten free thin mints cookies.

These gluten free “Thin Mints” cookies, crisp chocolate mint cookies in a rich chocolate coating, make you forget you can’t have “real” Girl Scout Cookies. And for the record, it’s nice that the Girl Scouts made an effort, but their gluten free cookies simply don’t compare. 

These cutout almond flour sugar cookies will hold any shape you like so you can celebrate any holiday and still eat grain free!

These cutout almond flour sugar cookies will hold any shape you like so you can celebrate any holiday and still eat grain free. 

Image of pile of stained glass gluten free sugar cookies shaped like stars and Christmas trees

These stained glass gluten free sugar cookies are the easy way to dress up cutout cookies for the holidays. You can even hang them from the tree.

What’s that? You think they’re too fussy to get right? The center is crushed candies that melt easily and without any extra help in the oven.

Have a look at the comments on the post from people who thought juuuuust that and were proved wrong. And then get baking!

These crispy but tender peanut butter oatmeal cookies with a sweet, creamy peanut butter filling taste just like Do-Si-Dos Girl Scout Cookies—but they're gluten free. Some matters you just have to take into your own hands!

These crispy but tender peanut butter oatmeal cookies with a sweet, creamy peanut butter filling taste just like Do-Si-Dos Girl Scout Cookies—but they’re gluten free. Some matters you just have to take into your own hands (see Thin Mints above).

These gluten free cinnamon roll sugar cookies somehow manage to be soft and tender, and even light and flaky. Just like a "real" cinnamon roll—but in a neat little cookie.

These gluten free cinnamon roll sugar cookies somehow manage to be soft and tender, and even light and flaky. Just like a “real” cinnamon roll—but in a neat little cookie. And no rising time. They’re cookies, after all!

Tall stack of iced thin and chewy gluten free oatmeal cookies.

These easy gluten free iced oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy in the center, and crisp around the edges. A light coating of icing on top makes them extra beautiful.

So many of you seem to share my fond memories of Archway oatmeal cookies. These are like a balm to the soul. 

A holiday cookie plate with an assortment of the best gluten free cookies of 2019.

Even if you make just 4 of these recipes, you can have a cookie plate that looks just like the one above. Well, I mean, it’s my actual plate but you get the idea. 

Bake, be merry, eat things that taste delicious, and enjoy yourself. Like I always say, may your holiday be happy and if it can’t be happy, let it at least go quickly.

Much love,
Nicole

 

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  • Amber
    December 27, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    The almond flour sugar cookies were a lifesaver this year! I think I made 6 batches this month alone. They really come in handy when I’m out of one or more flours to make a flour blend (I’ve started buying almond and tapioca flour in bulk just for these cookies).

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 27, 2019 at 4:47 PM

      Wow, Amber, that’s amazing! I love that you make them when you can’t put together a full rice-based flour blend. It is so, so nice to have options for that reason alone. I’m right now developing a basic yeast dough recipe that is grain free and only has two, maaaaaybe three, flour components for a similar reason. And one of those flours is tapioca, so you’re halfway there!

  • Heather Porter Hull
    December 26, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Can you make the spritz cookies without a cookie press? I don’t have one, but they sure would be a treat! Can you slice and bake or drop them? I know they won’t be as pretty but would they turn out? I should put a cookie press on my next year’s Christmas list! 😉

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 27, 2019 at 10:18 AM

      Hi, Heather, of course. Just have a look at the butter cookies recipe. There are instructions for making icebox cookies (sliced) along with the cookie press instructions. It’s all there!

  • Alicia
    December 23, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Your measurements are not correct on your rum cake recipe. Cost me a bunch of money. The math for the eggs and the sugar in grams is incorrect.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2019 at 5:52 PM

      The math is quite correct, Alicia. I’m sorry the cake didn’t work out for you, but there are no errors in the recipe. My first guess whenever a recipe doesn’t turn out as expected is whether the reader has made substitutions, used a flour blend other than one of those I recommend, measured incorrectly, or simply didn’t follow the recipe as written. Please, let’s treat each other with respect.

  • Joclyn
    December 22, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Hi Nicole! I am going to use the cutout sugar cookies recipe for Chanukah cookies today. I will let you know how wonderful they are. I have 6 grandchildren, 1 niece & 1 great niece & 1 great nephew who have Celiac Disease.
    Happy Holidays to all.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 22, 2019 at 3:52 PM

      Wow, Joclyn, you’ve got your work cut out for you! (pardon the pun) :)

  • Katie Beth
    December 22, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    We loved the apple pie cookies from Oct/Nov. Made them several times around thanksgiving, substituting butterscotch chips for white chocolate. One time I even added a splash of brandy to deepen the flavor. So, so good. Thank you, Nicole!

  • Mary F
    December 22, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    I made the iced oatmeal and the stained glass cookies yesterday. These were the best GF cookies that I’ve ever made! My husband loved the and, had I not run out of flour, I would have made 2 more batches of the oatmeal to keep in the freezer. We even liked them without the icing. I’m not a fan of the candy in the stained glass (although they look pretty) but I will be using the dough Fo all of my cutout cookies in the years to come. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 22, 2019 at 3:57 PM

      Definitely give the cream cheese cutout sugar cookies a try too, Mary. Just use the search function. I just finished making a triple batch in a whole bunch of different shapes. I think you’d love them! And so glad you love the oatmeal cookies. They’re my 2019 favorite for sure!

  • Deborah
    December 22, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Ooops, I meant the Chocolate Kiss Cookies, not Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies…in my previous comment!

  • Deborah
    December 22, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    I made your chocolate thumbprint cookies to add to my Christmas Cookie Plates this year! My husband said that they are better than the better than sex cake! Hahaha… They are soooo good ♥

  • Diane
    December 21, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    About 16 dozen cookies and 4 recipes later, your sugar cookies won. I liked them best because they were for young children to make and decorate for Santa. They weren’t quite so fragile. I just sent off the recipe to the young dad. I feel like it would be easy for him. They won’t be putting the “stained glass” in. The little guy is dairy free too so I used Smart Balance and Namaste gluten free flour mix from Costco. I already has the xanthan gum in it. They came out great. Thank you!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 22, 2019 at 7:54 AM

      Wow, Diane, you’re like the cookie-baking equivalent of Santa! Who would that be?

  • Nancy
    December 20, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    I just read Nicole’s comment about the sugar deal and “it’s killing us”. I NEVER comment on these blogs, I just sit back and read, not all, I’m too busy reading about Nicole’s wonderful, SUGARY, gluten free cookies. May I say, with all do respect to keep Nicole’s blog nice to read… If you don’t like what she posts for us, please respect her and us and DON’T READ IT! I like her cookies and I make them all… Just sayin :_ Thanks Nicole, you’re awesome.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 21, 2019 at 8:36 AM

      Hahahahaha Nancy thank you so much for standing up for sugar! You’d truly love some of the emails I get. I actually save them, because they don’t make me upset, they genuinely make me laugh. 🤣

  • Linda
    December 20, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    These all look amazingly good! I wonder how many I batches I can make between now and Christmas. If cookies can kill me, I’ll just go happy.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 21, 2019 at 8:37 AM

      ME TOO, Linda. 😘

  • Julie L
    December 20, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    (I haven’t really shared the iced oatmeal cookies… Is that wrong? 😳🤔)

  • Julie L
    December 20, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Such fond cookie memories! I’ve still got the spritz cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, and do-si-do’s on my list for the next month, but the apple pie cookies and peanut butter oatmeal cookies got raves from all the family. The ones we’ve kept coming back to didn’t make the list, though. The paleo ccc’s from January of 2019 are pretty much of a staple now. The great-from-frozen texture and lightly sweet flavor make them a favorite in school lunches. Thanks again! Have a lovely week, Nicole!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 21, 2019 at 8:37 AM

      Oooh good point about school lunches and the great-from-frozen texture of Paleo cookies, Julie!!

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