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The Best Gluten Free Cookies of 2018

The Best Gluten Free Cookies of 2018
 


Get those eggs and butter ready, because you’re going to want to make every one of these recipes, the best gluten free cookies of 2018.

(If you can’t have eggs and butter, each recipe makes suggestions for how to replace them so never fear!)

The earliest best-of cookie lists here on the blog were based on web traffic on particular cookie recipes, and every single recipe on GFOAS.com was eligible. Now, the post must have a date in calendar year 2018 for the cookie to make the list. That’s more fun for sure. 🎉

It’s great for inspiration, too, since I bake all year long (for real!) with this roundup in mind. I wonder if I should pretend that I’m kidding, but I’m not! 

Get those eggs and butter ready, because you're going to want to make every one of these recipes for the best gluten free cookies of 2018.

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). Meet you back here next year the Friday before Christmas for 2019’s best! 

In case you’re new here this year (welcome!), these recipes are not the only gluten free cookies published on the blog in 2018. They’re just the best gluten free cookies of 2018 on the blog.

Each and every one of the 15 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 2019!

For each of the recipes, please click each photo or the link below each photo to see the full recipe for that particular cookie.

Remember the taste and texture of Mrs. Fields cookies? This easy gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe in the Mrs. Fields style brings it all back. 

Remember the taste and texture of Mrs. Fields cookies? This easy gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe in the Mrs. Fields style brings it all back. This has been one of the most popular recipes on the blog all year, and I make it at least once a month for my family—or for gifting throughout the year.

They’re so chewy, not-too-sweet and have slightly crisp edges. They’re the Cadillac of CCCs.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but no rice flour. One of my son’s friends asks for these every time he comes to our house. He doesn’t know it, but he has his own freezer stash.

Thin and crispy gluten free chocolate wafer cookies are rich and chocolatey and perfect for making all sorts of no-bake warm weather treats, from icebox cakes to cookie crusts. Stock up for summer!

These thin and crispy gluten free chocolate wafer cookies are rich and chocolatey and perfect for making all sorts of no-bake treats, from icebox cakes to cookie crusts. Keep them in a sealed glass jar at room temperature and they’ll last and last.

These gluten free brown sugar shortbread cookies are made with little more than butter, brown sugar and flour, hold their shape, and are anything but plain!
These gluten free brown sugar shortbread cookies are made with little more than butter, brown sugar and flour, hold their shape, and are anything but plain. They’re lightly sweet, and just a little bit tender but still crumbly like any proper shortbread must be.

These amazingly chewy gluten free cake mix cookies are made with just 4 ingredients, including a cake mix. They're not even cake-like at all

These amazingly chewy vanilla gluten free cake mix cookies are made with just 4 ingredients. And they’re not even cake-like at all. If you’re looking for a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but just made with a cake mix, we did that this year too!

These gluten free soft chocolate wafer cookies are perfect for enjoying alone, making into homemade chocolate sandwich cookies or crumbling over ice cream.

These gluten free soft chocolate wafer cookies are perfect for enjoying alone, making into homemade chocolate sandwich cookies or crumbling over ice cream. They also make the most lovely ice cream sandwiches. We’ve got all your chocolate wafer cookie bases covered!

These delicate gluten free meltaway cookies are a cross between a butter cookie and shortbread, and really do melt in your mouth. Make them as drop cookies or roll them out and cut out shapes.
These delicate gluten free meltaway cookies are a cross between a butter cookie and shortbread, and really do melt in your mouth. Make them as drop cookies or roll them out and cut out shapes. Your favorite new blonde cookie, trust me. 

Baking these super easy gluten free sugar cookies in a low oven keeps the cookies pale and tender, without crisping the edges much at all. The result is the perfect chewy sugar cookie, decorated or plain.

Baking these super easy chewy gluten free sugar cookies in a low oven keeps the cookies pale and tender, without crisping the edges much at all. The result is perfect chewy sugar cookies, decorated or plain.

Gluten free Tagalongs cookies are a simple shortbread cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. The Girl Scouts may make a few gluten free cookies, but they don't make these!
Gluten free Tagalongs cookies are a simple shortbread cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. The Girl Scouts may make a few gluten free cookies, but they don’t make these.

And I’m going to go ahead and say it: the GF cookies they do make are just. not. good. enough. I guess it’s the thought that counts? #exceptwedeservebetter

These easy flourless fudge cookies are made with egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Crisp on the edges, and chewy inside. Packed with chocolate flavor!

These easy flourless fudge cookies are made with egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Crisp on the edges, and chewy inside. Packed with chocolate flavor. Make these cookies when you’ve run out of gluten free flour and still have cookie needs.

These gluten free chocolate thumbprint cookies have a soft, brownie-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. Perfect for any cookie plate!

These gluten free chocolate thumbprint cookies have a soft, brownie-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. You’ve all been making these tons since I posted the recipe, and you’ve been filling them with all sorts of fun stuff, like Hershey’s kisses and even no-bake cheesecake filling.

These natural strawberry gluten free chocolate chip cookies are made with white chocolate chips and freeze-dried strawberries—and no cake mix!

These natural strawberry gluten free chocolate chip cookies are made with white chocolate chips and freeze-dried strawberries. They don’t have any brown sugar or molasses, so the strawberry flavor really shines.

I buy my freeze-dried fruit at my local Trader Joe’s, and hopefully you can, too. I’d better stock up, though, because I already have multiple requests from friends and family to make more of these!

Soft and tender gluten free cream cheese cutout sugar cookies that taste like cheesecake in a cookie. With a simple cream cheese frosting, it’s the perfect cutout cookie!

Soft and tender gluten free cream cheese sugar cookies with slightly firm Lofthouse-style frosting. Basically, they’re the perfect cookie because they are like cheesecake in a cutout. And they can hold any shape at all. You’ve been making them into trees, Santas and candy cane shapes. Go you!

A soft graham cracker crust with the simplest cheesecake filling makes these cheesecake cookie cups the perfect cookie plate surprise. 

A soft graham cracker crust with the simplest cheesecake filling makes these cheesecake cookie cups the perfect cookie plate surprise. Top them with chocolate—or not. 

These gluten free drop sugar cookies are simple, sweet and buttery, plus they're stable enough for mailing clear across the country if that's your holiday thing! Dress them up in lots of different ways.

These gluten free drop sugar cookies are simple, sweet and buttery, plus they’re stable enough for mailing clear across the country if that’s your holiday thing. You can even fill an entire cookie box or plate with these cookies, just dressed up in different ways. 

Take a look at these beauties, and page through the cookie recipe archives here on the blog, and help me plan for next year! I need to post at least 20 cookie recipes next year so there are lots of choices for 2019’s Best Of List!

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  • Anne Marie
    December 31, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Hi there! I am so glad I found this list! I have celiac, a gf daughter, a df son, another son who can eat anything, and a df/egg free husband…..makes cooking and baking fun in my house! I actually found your website years ago when my daughter was in preschool and they were baking and decorating gingerbread men! I freaked out about what to do for her but found your chewy gf gingerbread men and have returned to make them every year! They are the best, and I keep a stash in the freezer, because gingerbread men are good anytime! We will have to try out some of your “Best of 2018”

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 31, 2018 at 4:47 PM

      Sounds like you’ve got your hands full, Anne Marie! I’m so glad you love the chewy gingerbread men cookies. They’re a family favorite in my house, too.

  • Shana
    December 24, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    I made the cream cheese sugar cookies last night with my niece. We had so much fun decorating them! I may or may not have had cookies exclusively for supper! :) Thank you for sharing your delicious gluten free recipes. Merry Christmas Nicole!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 24, 2018 at 11:54 AM

      I’m jealous of your supper, then, Shana. Those are some of my all-time favorite cookies. It sounds like you and your niece had a fun night. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • I Elly Morris
    December 24, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Thank you Nicole for the sandwich bread recipe. I made it for my daughter and it is amazing. I will try at her if your recipes and will certainly buy your books. The recipe was easy, using ingredient I already had and turned out amazing

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 24, 2018 at 11:53 AM

      You’re so welcome, Elly. I’m so glad you enjoyed the sandwich bread!

  • Kathy Smith
    December 23, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Do you have a cookbook available that have all of these great cookie recipes in?

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2018 at 1:46 PM

      I actually don’t, Kathy! I have cookie recipes in all 5 of the cookbooks I have published, but I don’t have a cookbook that is just cookies. Last year, I threatened to put together a cookie eBook to sell here on the blog exclusively, but I’m afraid that I just never got around to it. I’m going to endeavor to do that next year so that it’s available for sale by next Thanksgiving. I know that doesn’t help right now, but hopefully it will make your cookie-baking easier next year.

  • Judy Morin
    December 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Tried to get the Best Cookies 2012 (before I started following you), but the link goes to a page that says the list is there, but I can’ find it. Can you help?

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2018 at 1:45 PM

      Hi, Judy, you’re so right! I’ve been including those links forever, but somehow 2012’s post lost its photos and descriptions. I’m afraid I don’t know what happened, so I’ve eliminated that link from this post. So sorry!

  • Dana Schwartz
    December 23, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    You have always been and continue to be our go-to GF resource, Nicole! I made your quick bread loaf recipes for teachers this year (mini pans) and we just baked the chewy gingerbread men for ourselves the other day – with another batch soon to be in the works. Thank you for being a fabulous GF beacon in a gluten filled world! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and happy New Year.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2018 at 1:48 PM

      Dana!!! I had been wondering if you were still around. I know that you’ve always loved that yogurt quick bread and it’s absolutely one of my all-time favorite recipes, too. It just never fails, even if I am off by a bit in measuring something. I’m so glad you’re still here, and I hope you never leave!

  • Sandy
    December 23, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Thank you so much! I’ve wandered away to try GF cookies from other websites, but they just don’t measure up 🤷‍♀️ and I always come back here! My whole family likes your cookies.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2018 at 1:35 PM

      You’re so welcome, Sandy. I’m honored that you know you can trust my recipes. That’s everything!

  • Julie L
    December 23, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Oh, it has been a great year for cookies! I used to work in a Great Harvest bakery, and your GF Monster Cookie recipe is the best of that variety I’ve had since then. My husband says it’s the only cookie he ever needs. I haven’t shared this list, though! If I showed it to my children they’d be chomping at the bit to help me make each one, so that might actually be a happening thing. A freezer stash is so very useful when packing 15 lunches a week!
    Thanks again for doing what you do, Nicole!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 23, 2018 at 1:35 PM

      It’s so funny you mentioned 15 lunches a week, Julie! I’ve got the same calculation going on in my house. I have to add to my monster cookie stash pronto. It’s running very low! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the cookie recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. ❤️

  • Rhonda
    December 22, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Thank you so much for this list! Your site is so very helpful for our GF family.

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 22, 2018 at 2:55 PM

      That’s so kind of you to say, and I’m grateful to be of help to your family, Rhonda. Cheers to a merry holiday and happy new year!

  • Susan LVD
    December 21, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Awesome, thanks much!
    Have you heard of Jingles/Santa’s Favorites? They’re a Salerno anise cut our cookie that’s hard, not soft like the anisette ones, and decorated with colored sugar. I’d love a GF version of those if you try it!

    • Nicole Hunn
      December 22, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      No, I’ve never heard of that, Susan! You might be able to make a version of my crispy gingerbread cookies that suits you, but other than that I’m not really sure what to suggest. They sound fun!

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