The Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies of the year, circa 2013. The myriad ways you can switch up a few simple ingredients (flour-fat-sugar-eggs-vanilla) and get a completely different cookie is a source of endless fascination for me (clearly). From slice-and-bake to cut-out cookies, and everything in between (3 different kinds of sugar cookies! 4 different peanut butter cookies!), we’ve done it all.

And if you’re shaking your head at me, thinking “isn’t she done yet?”—I can tell you ‘no’ with complete confidence. I’m not done. I’ll never be done! In fact, I still have 2 more gluten free cookie recipes that I am going to find time to share with you before Christmas. They both use simple pantry ingredients, so you probably already have everything on hand. I should probably wait until next year to share them, but I don’t think I can. I don’t think I want to! Soon enough, you’re gonna go all New-Year’s-Resolution-like on me. In just a few short weeks, it’ll be a New Year. And we’ll be talking all about the “diet books” I read and reviewed for you, and how to restore moderation to your eating but still enjoy yourself in the kitchen.

But not yet! It’s still cookie season, and I, for one, plan to make the MOST of it! Cheers to gluten free cookies that have your husband’s coworkers counting down the days until next year’s bounty appears on their desks!

The Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies 2013

Here’s the 10¢ tour of these 15 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:

Chewy Gluten Free Sugar CookiesThe first in a trio of gluten free sugar cookie love, these chewy sugar cookies (mini Christmas tree decoration strictly optional!) are the kind that yield to your bite right away. Like they’ve been waiting for you to do just that.

Soft Drop Gluten Free Sugar Cookies: Sugar cookie #2, these are soft and pillowy and don’t spread much during baking (unlike their chewy cousins next door). The coarse sugar on the outside makes these cookies ready to party.

Soft Frosted Gluten Free Sugar CookiesAh, the classic cut-out sugar cookie. These are light and fluffy and you can make them in whatever shape strikes your fancy. These are the type of cookies you find in the clamshell plastic cases in your local grocery store, right before each and every holiday, dressed up for the occasion. I frosted mine, since that’s the usual way, but you can ice them or just leave them be.

Gluten Free Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: Down to the wire, and need some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in a hurry? These cake mix cookies are your new best friend.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: No cake mix, but still super simple, these classic thick peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are a personal favorite of mine.

Crunchy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Crosshatch CookiesThe classic crunchy crosshatch peanut butter cookie. Done.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men: Many of you asked if these cookies are strong enough to be made into a gingerbread house. Good news! They are strong like an ox provided you bake them according to the recipe instructions (until they’re dry to the touch, at a low oven temp). Make the men, and then give ’em someplace to live!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies: Everyone’s favorite. I could have filled my holiday cookie gift boxes with these alone, and no one would have complained (I checked to see if anyone had any nut allergies first, of course, and we were all in the clear).

Gluten Free Plain Thumbprint Cookies (with Chocolate Filling): Fill them with whatever you like, but these were designed with a soft chocolate filling in mind. You know the kind that lets you leave teeth tracks? Oh I love teeth tracks.

Gluten Free Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies: They taste like they just came out of the oven! (no – they really do) Except no worries about making a mess of all those melty chips. Is it wrong that I don’t really care for cookies that are actually right out of the oven?

Gluten Free Nutella Monster Cookies: Monster cookies, but made with Nutella. You know your heart just went pitter-patter.

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: Sink your teeth into these decadent chocolatey rich cookies. Go on. Have another.

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies: Cream cheese in the batter gives these cookies a lovely soft texture without making them heavy. They’re really a delight—especially right out of the freezer!

Brown Butter Gluten Free SnickerdoodlesEven if you thought you were kind of “eh” about snickerdoodles, brown some butter (it’s easy! I’ll show you how) and make this recipe. Chewy on the inside, a tiny bit crispy on the outside. Yum.

Soft Gluten Free Brownie CookiesThese brownie cookies are like the best fudgiest brownies you’ve ever had, but they’re cookies and they pack really, really well. Ever try to mail brownies to someone? Not as easy as it looks!

Love,
Nicole