Our Favorite Gluten-Free Holiday Indulgence

Our Favorite Gluten-Free Holiday Indulgence

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Whether you're in need of a treat to serve to gluten-intolerant guests, or simply hoping to indulge in a gluten-free dessert yourself, we've found one that we think will do the trick. Our staff raved about these Gooey Chocolate Merry Mint Brownies from Glutino, which no one suspected were gluten-free. One staffer said "Tastes like a Thin Mint!" while another added "Yum! Love the fudgy texture, rich chocolate taste and slight mint flavor—would definitely buy!"

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The brownies are simple to make (just add butter and eggs), and the white fudge chips give them some holiday flare. Combine that with the fact that they're incredibly tasty, and you've got yourself a true gluten-free showstopper.

50 Favorite Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Desserts and Sweets for the Holidays

So now that the holiday season has officially started let’s move straight to dessert shall we? What better time of year is there to get cozy in the kitchen and start baking?

I’d guess that many of you have even started pulling out your tried and true, family favorite recipes and are planning your gift boxes and goodie baskets full of homemade treats as we speak. Most likely there will be cookies, maybe fudge or a few loaves of fruited breads made very soon. There will be holiday parties and brunches and desserts to make for each. Let’s face it, this time of year it’s all about the food.

This year I hope to inspire you to create new traditions and fill your home with the tantalizing scent of homemade treats with these gluten-free and grain-free recipes from bloggers across the web.

In the spirit of holiday baking I’ve put together a collection of my favorite dessert recipes and asked friends and fellow bloggers to do the same and share with you their favorite desserts and sweets to make during the season. These recipes go beyond the ubiquitous holiday cookies to pies, cakes and chocolates and other baked goods. Hopefully you’ll find a new family favorite here that everyone can enjoy no matter what their dietary needs or restrictions

Let the baking and treat making begin!

White Asparagus with Black Garlic Aioli

If fresh, local asparagus is in the stores, it must be early Spring. This vegetable is one of the first to beckon in the new season and herald an end to Winter. We simmer the delicate white asparagus spears until they become tender and sweet, then drizzle them with a homemade aioli flavored with black garlic, lemon, and miso. It’s both simple and incredibly delicious.

Note: This recipe will work just as well with green asparagus, if that’s what you have (and the Black Garlic Aioli is delicious on just about anything. It’s crazy good).

White asparagus, colorful eggs from our backyard chickens and pink lemons. We’re all about color right now.

Quinoa Salad Mix-ins and Ingredient Options

  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • bell peppers
  • jalapeño peppers
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • corn
  • kale
  • parsley
  • spinach
  • scallions
  • cilantro
  • crumble feta
  • dried fruit
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • black beans or chickpeas
  • sunflower seeds
  • pepitas

Honestly the list could go on for miles! Have fun with it, and try something new each time for a fresh take on your quinoa salad game.

Depending on how much you need the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. It’s crazy flexible so feel free to add any extra veggies your heart desires.

It’s gluten-free and vegan as written but if you’re vegetarian and want to add a little feta, it’s quite tasty too!

Gluten Free Bread

Thick slices of toast slathered in butter and jam and washed down with freshly brewed tea or coffee first thing in the morning is, quite frankly, one of the best ways to start the day.

Like our cinnamon rolls, Nuflours flax sandwich bread is available to order online and is perfect for toasting, snacking, or dipping into batter and frying up as French toast. (Don’t forget to pick up a loaf for lunch too! Nuflours bread and burger buns make amazing gluten free sandwiches.)


If you’re opting to make a glazed ham the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner table, make sure that ham you carefully read the ingredients listed on the meat before you purchase it, as some spices and flavorings can contain gluten. In general, avoid using the glaze packets that come with the ham, as they often contain trace levels of gluten and don’t forget to check out this list of gluten-free hams, safe to enjoy during your holiday feast!

Feast of the Seven Fishes

A popular tradition among Italian-American families is to celebrate Christmas Eve with a feast of many fishes. Typical items include baccala (salt cod), baked cod, clams casino, and a variety of deep-fried items, such as calamari, shrimp, or cod. Clams casino usually include breadcrumbs, which can be easily substituted for gluten-free breadcrumbs. Similarly, deep-fried seafood, will usually have wheat flour in the batter, which can simply be replaced with rice flour.

Gingerbread Cookies

With the rise of gluten-free baking flour mixes, Christmas cookies can be easily made gluten-free, especially decorating favorites like gingerbread cookies. Be careful about cross-contamination during a baking session, especially if you’re making a variety of gluten-containing and gluten-free treats. Always use separate cutting boards, mixing utensils, and baking sheets to ensure your cookies are safe to eat.

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  • 2 large avocados
  • Brown rice flour — One of our favorite gluten free flours for baking
  • Cocoa powder — We love Cocoa Metro unsweetened cocoa for baking! It’s a tad pricey, but you can absolutely taste the difference! Here’s a link on Amazon if you’d like to buy in bulk.
  • Coconut sugar — We love coconut sugar for our healthier baking treats because it’s lower glycemic than regular sugar and contains both fiber and antioxidants.
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Chocolate chips — When making these for our kids, we use regular chocolate chips. However, you can make these a little healthier by using sugar free chocolate chips or extra dark chocolate chips.

Make them Dairy Free!

Use dairy free chocolate chips (we love Enjoy Life chocolate chips) or extra dark chocolate chips to make this a dairy free recipe. Be sure to check the labels before using to make sure that your chocolate chips are indeed nondairy.

Add Frosting!

For an extra fudgy treat, top your brownies with our Coconut Oil Chocolate Frosting! This frosting only takes 2 ingredients and you can make it a rich glaze or fluffy frosting!

Supplies used to make this recipe:

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

I've collected some of my favorite gluten free Christmas cookies from around the internet here for your enjoying pleasure.

Every recipe is gluten free and most are dairy free and refined sugar-free. If not naturally free of dairy and sugar, I've listed my recommended substitutions to make them a little healthier.

Casserole Cookies by Go Dairy Free

Because we can all use a little extra time around the holidays. Go for the coconut sugar to make these refined sugar free. Yum!

Nutty Almond Pecan Cookies by Go Dairy Free

It can be difficult to get some of the classics when you are dairy and gluten free. But Go Dairy Free does a great job with these Almond Shortbread style cookies. I love how she uses nuts and applesauce for sweetness.

Elvis Cookies by Eat Your Way Clean

Because it's nice to have a break from chocolate every once in a wild. So why not replace that with bacon. 🙂 Elvis inspired cookies with PB, honey, banana, and bacon makes a good addition to a holiday basket.

Gluten Free Pfeffernusse by Fearless Dining

Because I just want to say Pfeffernusse at a party. Dust with desiccated coconut instead of sugar and use coconut oil or cacao butter instead of butter to make these Paleo.

1 bowl Ginger Cookies by Minimalist Baker

What's Christmas time without some ginger cookies? Minimalist baker's recipes never disappoint and I love that this only requires one bowl. Because we all need extra time during the holidays.

Masala Chai Fudge Squares by Eat Your Way Clean

Chai flavored coconut chips on rich fudgy chocolate squares spiced with masala flavors. Now if that doesn't scream holiday cheer I don't know what does. Don't mind me while I grab a plate of these and watch Elf on repeat in front of the fire.

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Walnut Cookies by What the Fork

THere's no holiday indulgence guilt with these cookies. Healthy enough for all year and yummy enough for the season.

Cacao Coconut Cashew Balls by The Tasting Page

Again.. I'm not sure if these are a better fit for a pre-workout boost int he mornings or for that office holiday party? Delicious and nutritious? That's a winning combo this time of year.

No Bake Coconut Cookies by Whole New Mom

Adrienne calls these coconut delights, and I think she's on to something. These are truly delightful. I avoid all processed foods, including low carb sweeteners so I recommend replacing the sweetener with honey or maple to make a real food version.

Magic Bars by Eat Your Way Clean

These Magic bars are kind of like 7 layer bars, but only full of real food goodness. All natural flavors and super easy to make. A great cookie to share.

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies by Wholesome Yum

Shortbread cookies are one of those things that's hard to make gluten free, so I was super excited to try these! Use coconut sugar for a real foods version of this recipe.

Two Step Truffles by Allergylicious

Let's get real. Truffles are the best holiday treat. Better than fudge and chocolate covered nuts. And they are way better in this simple to make and healthy version from Nicole. I prefer to just use the cocoa powder and coconut and skip the sugar and GF pretzels, but I'm pretty sure any crushed topping would be great. Pistachios anyone?

Tahini Fudge by Eat Your Way Clean

Because it isn't a holiday without fudge. This easy recipe has few ingredients and is actually good for you! No marshmallow fluff here.

Christmas in My Mouth Cookies by Gluten Free with Emily

Doesn't the name just say it all? Like yes please. I do want all the Christmas goodness right now thank you. No modification needed to this bad boy.

Grain Free Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies by Gluten Free Palette

These only have 5 ingredients, are simple to make, and reminiscent of the classics. They are refined sugar free, too! Just don't dust them with sugar.

Meyer Lemon Chocolate Bark by Gluten Free with Emily

While technically not a cookie, bark is always welcome in my holiday gift baskets. And I love the idea of meyer lemon with lots of nuts and seeds.

Bacon and Leek Irish Colcannon (Gluten-Free)

Over the years I’ve made quite a few really fun St. Patrick’s day themed recipes, usually sweets for Chocolate Monday (look for a round-up next Monday!). This year I thought I would change that up and try something savory and totally new that I’ve never made before. I love a challenge so I made Bacon and Leek Irish Colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage and onions)!

St. Patrick’s Day has always been a special day for me and my family due to our Irish heritage. We have Irish lineage on both sides, Sullivan on my father’s side and McCarty/McCarthy on my mother’s. My father’s ancestors emigrated to the U.S. during the potato famine, the classic American Irish immigrant story. The McCarty clan arrived here about 1702 from Tyrone, Ireland. Yep, you can definitely say I’ve got my share of Irish blood which may explain my love of this holiday!

Use Kerrygold Irish Butter for the best compound butter imaginable!

Many years of fun St. Pat’s celebrations culminated 25 years ago when I met The Artist on March 17th and the rest, as they say, is history. Every year we celebrate the anniversary of the day we met and one of my favorite days of the year together, often with a crowd of friends, always having a great time, and most definitely wearing green!

Irish Colcannon is common on dinner tables throughout Ireland and is traditionally made with mashed potatoes and cabbage. These two simple ingredients are at the heart of this comfort food. I started there and then added leeks (see below), and because we all know that everything is better with bacon, I added that too. If you want a vegetarian version, just leave the bacon out.

My favorite way to eat potatoes is mashed, so this was right up my alley. Tons of butter, garlic-infused milk, and bacon – what’s not to love! I revere caramelized onions – leeks lend a milder onion flavor, and including sautéed cabbage adds a lovely textural component. If you have picky eaters in your family, this is one way to sneak some vegetables into their diet – just be sure to sauté the cabbage enough to so that it nearly disappears into the potatoes. Leave it crunchier for adults if you want.

If you are planning a meal for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, this Irish Colcannon makes a terrific side dish to accompany any main course you choose. Remember, corned beef is an American tradition, so if you don’t care for it, you can make something else like the spicy lamb cobbler below! And don’t miss the other recipes (including the cobbler) created by some of the best in the business, the members of our #ProgressiveEats team!

Bacon makes everything better!!

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re sharing Irish or Green recipes in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day You’ll certainly find a delicious recipe to add to your repertoire! Our event is hosted by Liz who blogs at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. We have a full menu of dishes including appetizers, sides, an entree and desserts. You’ll certainly find a delicious recipe to add to your holiday table! You’ll love all these recipes, perfect to create a feast that will have you dancing a jig! Make sure you check out all the links below my recipe.

A few shamrocks for good luck!

Note: This is not a sponsored post, I just love Kerrygold products and know that their butter makes everything taste better!

How to make Leek and Bacon Irish Colcannon (Gluten Free):

  1. Make the compound butter, roll into a small log, wrap in plastic and refrigerate
  2. Infuse the milk with the garlic strain the milk, discarding the garlic
  3. Cook the bacon, drain on paper towels, cool and crumble
  4. Sauté the onions, cabbage, and leeks in the bacon fat drain on paper towel-lined plate
  5. Cook and mash the potatoes using the garlic milk
  6. Stir the cooked onions, cabbage, leeks, and half the bacon into the potatoes scoop into servings and top each one with a slice of the compound butter

Do I need to include the bacon?

No, you can leave it out for a vegetarian side dish. When you sauté the vegetables in the bacon fat, it adds salt and you will need to slightly increase the salt to compensate. The herbs and vegetables will make this dish delicious even without the bacon.

PRO Tip:

You can prepare the components ahead, hold them in the refrigerator and reheat before continuing with the recipe. Don’t cook and mash the potatoes until you are ready to serve, but the compound butter, garlic milk, sautéed leeks, onions, and cabbage can all be prepared ahead making this meal come together in under 30 minutes!

The allure of Compound Butters

Compound butters can be made well in advance and stored in the refrigerator or frozen. Make several at a time, each with different herbs and flavorings, forming into a small log and rolling each one in plastic – be sure to write the flavors on the covering! Compound butters add tremendous flavor to all kinds of dishes and are an easy way to elevate an ordinary meal to elegant. Add a slice to your next steak for an extra indulgence.

Key Ingredients for this Bacon and Leek Irish Colcannon

  • Butter, minced chives and parsley
  • Milk and garlic
  • Bacon, leave out for vegetarian
  • Onion, cabbage, leeks, potatoes
  • Black pepper

Kitchen Tools I Use to Make This Recipe (affiliate links)

Gluten-Free Tips:

The only place gluten may hide is in the bacon. Be sure to check the packaging and if you have any doubt, contact the manufacturer for their practices. If you leave it out, you will need more salt to compensate.

50 Cookie Recipes You Won’t Believe are Gluten-Free

Read through this list of the 50 most decadent, scrumptious and surprisingly good for you gluten-free cookie recipes that feature absolutely no gluten. Whether you need to supply cookies for a bake sale and want to provide a gluten-free food option or simply want to keep a stash of treats around the house, you’ll find something you simply must try.

1. Coconut Oil No-Bake Cookies

In addition to being a gluten-free recipe, these delicious cookies are also vegan! The coconut oil adds a ton of good fats without being too overpowering. If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, you have to try these! The fact that they’re no-bake cookies also makes them perfect for the summer. Who wants to turn on the oven when it’s already a billion degrees outside? Simply pop these beauties in the refrigerator and you have an incredible, cool snack whenever you want. They keep very well in an airtight container, either in the refrigerator or a cool, dark cupboard.

2. Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

These lemony cookies are like lemon bars, but without the gluten-laden crust. Instead, you get that soft, gooey center just bursting with lemon flavor surrounded by a crackly exterior that provides just the right amount of resistance as you bite into it. Due to this recipe’s use of three different sources of lemon flavoring (juice, zest and extract), there’s nothing subtle about it! It’s sweet and tart and hits just the spot when you’re craving some citrus. The only real problem? You may enjoy the batter so much there won’t be any left over for the actual cookies!

3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you love your cookies thick and chewy? How about full of rich peanut butter and chocolate goodness? If so, this is the recipe for you! It takes the three most popular types of cookies – ones that appeal to everyone – and combines them in a bite-sized moment of absolute bliss. The oats add a chewy texture while the peanut butter makes the dough ever so slightly sticky, just enough for the middle to stay soft and chewy. Because there’s no flour, this gluten-free recipe is dense, decadent and absolutely right for those moments where you just want a little nibble to feel full.

4. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

If you prefer a no-frills peanut butter cookie to fit your gluten-free diet, this easy recipe is incredible. With just seven ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen and a short bake time, you can enter peanut butter heaven in a matter of minutes. Like most flour-free recipes, this one is great when just slightly under baked. Think of a fudgy brownie, a little crisp and chewy around the edges with a soft, almost gooey center. If a fudgy texture and rich taste appeal to you, try this recipe – it makes a great dessert for almost any meal idea!

5. Banana Coconut Cookies

For those busy, hectic mornings where nothing seems to be running on time, having a fast and easy recipe handy can be a real lifesaver. How about a breakfast meal idea that’s not just quick and simple, but good for you to boot and perfect for grabbing when you find yourself rushing out the door? These banana coconut cookies taste great and have all the benefits of high-fiber oats and fresh bananas – no spoon required. The most amazing part of this gluten-free food? You get the fun of having cookies for breakfast! They’re a great way to get kids to eat healthier without even realizing it.

6. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipes are pretty common, but what sets these particular cookies apart is the use of almond flour. It lends a delightfully chewy texture and you get a double dose of incredible nutty flavor! Because this recipe also uses the natural sweetening powers of honey, it’s also a much healthier and low-cal version of the old favorite. Want a perfectly recognizable peanut butter cookie? Don’t forget the criss-cross pattern across the top!

7. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ah, the classic chocolate chip cookie – is there any more beloved sweet treat? A perennial favorite of school bake sales and children’s parties, chocolate chip cookies never fail to put a smile on people’s faces. However, with so many different food allergies and intolerances, how can you be sure to suit everyone’s needs? Not to worry! This easy recipe comes with several different variations, so you can tweak and substitute as needed to accommodate just about every different diet, without sacrificing great taste or delicious texture!

8. Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Nothing says fall like a big dose of delicious pumpkin mixed with some dried fruit and seeds. These breakfast cookies pack a high-energy kick and because they’re easily made ahead of time and are handheld, are perfect for that other well-known aspect of fall – getting the kids out the door on time! These breakfast cookies have all the delectable flavors of a warm bowl of oatmeal with all your favorite add-ins, but go easily from your kitchen to the door. For an easy meal idea, this is a sure winner.

9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Are you a fellow believer in the beauty of combining peanut butter and chocolate? If so, then this is one of the best cookie recipes to hit every sweet spot. They are not only heavy on the peanut butter and chocolate (a favorite gluten-free food), but come together so fast and easy you won’t believe it! The big, hearty chunks of dark chocolate come out of the oven warm and melty, like little reservoirs surrounded by thick, chewy peanut butter cookie to make your kitchen smell like heaven. This cookie idea features results that are so rich and decadent but come together so easily you may find them a little dangerous!

10. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

As soon as the leaves start to change and you dig out your cozy sweaters, what’s the first flavor that comes to mind? Pumpkin, of course! Pumpkin pie or scones are pretty popular, but what about cookies? Pumpkin puree gives these cookies a soft, airy texture, perfect for enjoying alongside a warm mug of tea or spiced apple cider. In addition to being free of gluten, this recipe is also low on calories and they keep really well in an airtight container, making them perfect for gifting!

11. Flourless Smore Cookies

There’s nothing better than a hot and fresh smore while sitting around a campfire with loved ones. However, there isn’t always a campfire when you need one! Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the marshmallow and chocolate combo of the classic smore in the comfort of your own kitchen! This recipe features a dense, chewy flourless peanut butter cookie dough surrounding soft pockets of marshmallow and chocolate for a taste that’ll take you back to your favorite camping trip!

12. Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies

I know what you’re thinking – a cookie that’s good for you can’t possibly taste good. The things that make cookies as delicious as they are also happen to be the things that make them unhealthy. Well, you haven’t tried these healthy cinnamon carrot cookies yet! This gluten-free recipe is also vegan and combines veggies with natural sweeteners and the nectar of the gods that is coconut oil. Oats give these cookies a chewy texture while the cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices lend a carrot-cake flavor in cookie form. These are great for dessert or the main course!

13. Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Let us count the ways in which these breakfast cookies are amazing, shall we? First, they combine chocolate, peanut butter and banana, creating a trifecta of delicious flavors. Next, the main ingredient is quinoa! That’s a whole lot of protein to keep you going from breakfast all the way to lunch. Last, they’re cookies. For breakfast. Because being an adult means you get to not only have cookies for breakfast, but also get to choose ones that taste great and are great for you!

14. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Cookies

Love something a little more dressed up than your average cookie? This otherworldly combo of chocolate, coconut and pecans is a decadent explosion of taste and texture. Crunchy pecans offer a buttery flavor with a little bite, while the sweet bits of chocolate melt in your mouth. You’ll want to share these cookies, so make up a big batch for everyone to partake! They can easily be made vegan, as well, if you have other dietary restrictions.

15. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve tried other gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipes before, you probably noticed that they’re either not really like a chocolate chip cookie, or the alternative flour throws the texture way off base. This fantastic recipe uses a combination of several different gluten-free flours and starches to give you a texture that is less dense than a flourless cookie and fluffier than one made with a single alternative flour. The best thing about these chocolate chip cookies is that no one will even guess they’re completely free of gluten!

16. Thin and Crispy Gluten-Free Coconut Cookies

These thin and crispy cookies are exactly like the kind you see in fancy tea shops, accompanying a steaming cup of earl grey. This cookie idea is so delightful you won’t believe they have such an easy recipe! They’re delightfully crisp with just a hint of chewiness from the coconut, making them the perfect little bites to accompany warm drinks or cold ice cream. A sprinkling of shaved almond on top adds to the fancy feeling, as well. Because they’re so small, you can even have more than one without feeling guilty about it! And yes, you will definitely want more than one of these crispy, chewy, coconut flavored pieces of happiness.

17. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are one of those simple cookies, but with a really distinct combination of flavors. Adding the wonderful, autumn-style flavors of pumpkin and extra spices really take this classic recipe to the next level! This is the perfect recipe to trot out for a holiday party because they’re not only seasonal and a great crowd-pleaser, but there are included variations to suit a wide range of different dietary restrictions, including sugar-free and even vegan! Whether you choose to share them with guests or hoard the whole batch to yourself, this is a fantastic recipe that can’t be beat.

18. Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are one of those things that no one should have to live without. Really, what is life without that classic little treat? This recipe is not only gluten-free, but also low calorie and actually healthy. They’re also really dense and rich, so a little bit goes a very long way when it comes to satisfying cravings! The use of natural sweeteners and very high-quality dark chocolate creates a rich flavor that’s simply perfect for a more grown-up sweet tooth.

19. The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

You may have tried to make gluten-free cookies using chickpea flour before, only to be disappointed by the lackluster results. This recipe also uses chickpeas, but instead of dry flour, you puree canned chickpeas! The result is a dense, melty bomb of peanut butter and chocolate – you can’t even taste the chickpeas. Making these cookies in small, bite-size pieces is perfect, providing you a small treat whenever you need one. Just make sure to enjoy these guys warm to take full advantage of all that melted chocolate!

20. Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Are you a chocolate chip cookie purist who thinks the original simply cannot be improved upon? Let me introduce you to these chocolate chip and pumpkin cookies. They’re not only vegan and gluten-free, but bring a little autumn-style flair to an old favorite. These moist and flavorful cookies are the absolute most incredible gluten-free food to enjoy with a steaming mug of tea and a good book on a cool day. Bake up these cookies on a crisp fall day and your home will be filled with the soul-warming scents of pumpkin, spice and melted chocolate.

21. The Best Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

While there are a lot of different chocolate chip cookie recipes featured on this list, this particular one results in a cookie that no one will even be able to tell is gluten-free! If you prefer the classic chewy texture of a traditional chocolate chip cookie, then this might be your new favorite gluten-free recipe. It combines the browned butter technique that gives regular cookies that hint of nutty flavor and a secret addition of cream cheese to smooth out any noticeable flour differences. This recipe definitely takes the top prize for a gluten-free version that’s almost identical to the original.

22. Paleo Lemon Cookies

What’s better than a light, airy little lemon cookie? Almost nothing, really. For those days when you want a sweet treat but don’t want to indulge in a heavy, calorie-laden option, these paleo lemon cookies are perfect. Because they fit into the paleo diet, this is not only a gluten-free recipe, but also vegan! A lot of gluten-free baked goods rely on dairy and eggs to give a smooth texture, so if you are lactose intolerant or follow a vegan lifestyle, this might just be your new favorite indulgence. Just be sure to have extras on hand for sharing!

23. Gluten Free Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Nothing says childhood bliss quite like a big, soft sugar cookie with a dollop of sweet frosting on top. They’re a mainstay of holiday get-togethers, birthday parties and anywhere there’s a large group of children aching for a sugar fix. This recipe results in thick and chewy sugar cookies that are amazing on their own, but hit new heights of greatness when topped with colorful frosting and sugar sprinkles. This dough is great because it can make drop cookies or be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters! Make this your go-to Christmas cookie and you’ll put a smile on every guest’s face!

24. Creamy Pecan Pralines Recipe

I know what you’re thinking, that pralines aren’t cookies in the strictest sense of the word, and you’re absolutely right. These aren’t actually cookies. However, these beauties are so mind-bogglingly delicious that after one bite you won’t even care. This recipe is decadently soft and creamy with crunchy toasted pecans and the sweet joy of caramel throughout. Be warned, though, that while these pralines fit into a gluten-free diet, they are definitely not a low-cal treat! Then again, we all need to treat ourselves to a little full-fat and sugar every now and then.

25. Soft Gluten Free Brownie Cookies

What happens when you cross a cookie with a brownie? Magic happens. The best kind of delicious, comforting magic imaginable. This gluten-free recipe for brownie cookies results in treats that are easier to store than brownies with less crumbling, but retain that dark, fudgy taste that all the best brownies have. To make the most of these thin, chewy cookies, make ice cream sandwiches. They’ll hold their shape, won’t break like a crispy cookie, and offer a delicious counter-texture to soft ice cream. They’re also easy to make, since you just roll the dough into a cylinder, chill it and then slice! No cookie cutters needed.

26. Gluten Free Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Are you craving a light, soft cookie that just melts in your mouth? This is an easy recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes. They just burst with lemon flavor, sourced from a combination of fresh lemon zest and juice, sure to please kids and adults alike. If you prefer a little extra lemony kick, drizzle these gluten-free cookies with a simple mixture of lemon juice and confectioner’s sugar. You can enjoy these truly heart-melting little cookies in under a half an hour!

27. Double Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

If you’re a serious chocoholic, this double chocolate cookie recipe is just calling your name. Deep and rich with melting chunks of dark chocolate, just one of these gluten-free cookies is enough to satisfy even the most severe of chocolate cravings! As for texture, the crisp, chewy edges of these cookies protect a soft, almost brownie-like center. You definitely don’t want to overbake these cookies in order to preserve their soft middles. Using dark chocolate and almond flour keeps this recipe from being tooth-achingly sweet, so they’re perfect for a more grown-up palate.

28. Gluten Free Lemon Crinkle Cookies

What is it about lemon cookies that make them so irresistible? This is a ridiculously simple recipe with just a few ingredients that comes together in about a half an hour. If you’re sitting at home wishing you had a sweet treat, it’s likely you already have everything you need already! Just don’t skip the confectioner’s sugar, because as the cookie bakes and spreads, that’s what creates the “crinkle” part of a crinkle cookie! If you’re feeling adventurous, try switching out the lemon extract for a different flavor. The almond flour provides a great vehicle for any of your favorite flavorings.

29. Flourless White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies

If you love cookies that contain the heavenly pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, chances are you’ll find an equally big spot in your heart for this gluten-free cookie recipe. They’ve switched it up by combining macadamia butter and white chocolate for a brand new spin on an old favorite. This gluten-free cookie recipe is awesome when you make the cookies big, with large chunks of white chocolate and chopped macadamias (in addition to the macadamia butter). Their larger size allows them to crisp up around the edges while staying soft, moist and fluffy in the middle.

30. Chewy Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for a basic sugar cookie recipe that is both soft and chewy, check this one out! These gluten-free cookies are soft, sweet and buttery at the same time for a classic sugar cookie taste that can also become the base for something much fancier. For better results, use real butter and the highest-quality gluten-free flour you can find. Add in dried fruits, nuts or flavored extracts to put a unique spin on this old-fashioned favorite. Just don’t try to use this recipe for cut-out cookies, as it’s far too soft, even when chilled.

31. Almond Flour Snickerdoodles

What is it about snickerdoodles that makes them such a surefire crowd pleaser? Is it the slightly tart bite of cream of tartar? The soft, pillowy texture? The caramelized cinnamon sugar coating? Maybe it’s a combination of all three. This gluten-free cookie recipe combines all of the above qualities and marries them with almond flour, injecting a subtle nutty flavor that’s sure to appeal to everyone who tries them! While you make this recipe, you might want to roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture more than once for that extra little kick of spiced sweetness.

32. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, everyone has their own favorite. That’s why we have so many different versions on this list – so you can find the one that fits your idea of one of the best cookie recipes! This one combines several different flours and offers vegan alternatives to some ingredients so you can make it however you like. One thing is for sure, if you prefer a dense, chewy cookie just oozing with melted chocolate, here’s a winner! Letting the dough rest for a while before baking is the real secret to getting the flavors to meld perfectly, so don’t skip that step!

33. Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes all you want in life is to indulge in a little chocolate. Or a lot of chocolate, it’s your call. These huge, flourless cookies have that perfect glossy chocolate top that cracks delightfully when you bite into it, yielding into a soft interior dotted with little chocolate chips. This is one of the best cookie recipes because there are very few ingredients, and because they’re flourless they won’t get big and puffy. Instead, they’ll spread out into a thin, chewy cookie with a soft center. Use the highest quality chocolate you can find for the best results! If you like, add some chopped nuts for a little extra crunch and flavor. This is a gluten-free recipe with guaranteed amazing results!

34. Gluten-Free Thin Mint Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are one of the greatest parts of life, but what about when there isn’t a troop to be found? If you want to be able to enjoy their popular thin mint cookies all year round, this is one of the best cookie recipes for you! High quality mint extract and the best vegan melting chocolate you can find make these gluten-free, vegan alternatives taste just like the real thing! Store them in the refrigerator or even the freezer to prevent the chocolate from melting and sticking together. This gluten-free cookie recipe also makes a lot, so it’s great for sharing.

35. Gluten Free Vegan Oreos

Here’s another copycat recipe that tastes just as good (if not better than) as the real thing! The rich, dark chocolate flavor is perfectly balanced by the vegan cream filling, though these crispy cookie bites would also make great cookies for bite-sized ice cream sandwiches. This is a bit of an involved recipe, involving a lot of different ingredients and four different flours, but the results are totally worth it. If you love Oreos, you’ll love this recipe. Play around with different fillings to imitate some of the fun seasonal flavors Oreos sometimes come in.

36. Easy Vegan Oreos

Another gluten-free Oreos recipe? Why not? If you want a super-simple option for making Oreos, this gluten-free cookie recipe has just 3 ingredients in the cookie part – maple syrup, cocoa powder and brown rice flour. It’s insanely easy to make these cookies, and the recipe even offers a ton of different ideas for filling your cookies. Coconut cream, peanut butter cream, chocolate peanut butter cream, even a slice of banana for a healthier treat. Really, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination and dietary concerns!

37. Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Have you despaired of finding a good vegan sugar cookie that’s also gluten-free? Then you haven’t tried one of the best cookie recipes we found! The trick is apparently in using confectioner’s sugar rather than cane sugar. This gives a super-fine consistency to the dough so that it can be rolled out without crumbling. Using a high-quality coconut oil gives this gluten-free cookie recipe a soft, chewy texture without being hard or greasy. With very few ingredients and a simple prep, you can be decorating your holiday cookies in no time! Get the kids involved to make it a fun family activity to fit into any healthy meal plan.

38. Soft and Chewy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

While traditional thumbprint cookies rely on a massive amount of butter to give them their flaky, tender texture, this recipe uses coconut oil to suit a dairy-free meal plan. This super simple gluten-free cookie recipe combines almond flour and coconut flour for a slightly nutty flavor that works perfectly with the raspberry jam. Not a huge raspberry fan? Swap it out for a different flavor, or press a piece of dried fruit into the center of each cookie before baking! This is a healthy treat that can satisfy any sweet craving you might have!

39. Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies dipped in Chocolate

These chocolate-dipped shortbread sticks may look extra-fancy, but they’re actually quite easy to make! Perfect for a refined tea or just enjoying as a relaxed snack, these 6-ingredient little cookies combine gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter for a rich buttery taste without the extra calories or fat. The chocolate coating takes these cookies from boring to special, so use the highest-quality melting chocolate you can find. If you don’t want to pipe the dough, or don’t have a piping bag/star tip, you can just roll little dough logs or cut them into thin rectangles.

40. Coconut Almond Cookies

This easy recipe only looks complex. The truth is, the cookie dough is just a few simple ingredients you probably already have, including coconut, almonds, an egg, coconut oil and your choice of sweet syrup processed with some spices until well blended. No bowls, spoons or special equipment needed! You could make these cookies in a smaller size than the recipe calls for, but with the chocolate coating and sliced almonds, you’ll definitely wish you’d made them bigger! This combination of heavenly flavors will make anyone following a gluten-free diet very happy.

41. 4 Ingredient Ginger Nut Cookies

With just four ingredients, this must be the easiest gluten-free cookie recipe in the world! The best part is, you probably have everything you need right in your pantry. With just a little nut butter (cashew, peanut, almond, whatever you prefer), some sugar, an egg and ginger you can enjoy this crisp, sweet little cookie in under a half hour. Not a huge fan of ginger? Swap it out for dried fruit, coconut, chocolate chips or whatever else you prefer! The simplicity of this cookie makes it perfect for customizing to your taste.

42. Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want the perfect combination of chewy texture, high protein and satisfyingly sweet chocolate, look no further than this recipe! These gluten-free cookies exchange the more common peanut butter for almond butter, an intriguing twist that makes this recipe perfect for when you want something that is both familiar and comforting, but also a little unexpected. And, because they contain no dairy, they’re also perfect for those on a vegan meal plan!

43. Gluten Free New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re craving a big, rich chocolate chip cookie that hearkens back to your childhood, here it is! These monster cookies are not for those watching their calories, as they use a lot of real butter and sugar, but they do fit into a gluten-free diet. You’ll want to chill the dough before baking, but it’s totally worth it. Instead of dropping the dough on the sheet, this recipe calls for you to roll them into balls. That’s because they spread quite a bit in the oven, developing a crisp and chewy exterior that gives way to a soft and moist center. The sweetness of the chocolate is tempered by the coarse sea salt sprinkled on top before baking, so don’t skip it!

44. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are so much more than a standard peanut butter cookie. The addition of high-quality cocoa powder and chocolate chips takes these cookies to a whole new level. The fact that the recipe itself is so easy is just icing on the cake! Because there’s no flour at all in these cookies, you’ll want to make sure your ingredient measurements are perfect. You’ll be glad you did when you bite into one of these soft, almost decadent bites of chocolate and peanut butter bliss!

45. Soft Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cutout Sugar Cookies

Looking for a cutout cookie recipe that’s not only gluten-free but results in a soft, moist cookie? This recipe combines a small amount of ingredients and results in a cookie that’s soft and chewy, but dense enough to hold its own against as much frosting as you prefer! Be sure not to omit the cream cheese in this dough. It not only adds to the texture, but makes these incredible cookies taste almost like a cheesecake. Combining cookies and cheesecake? Yes, please!

46. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

If you prefer a more grown-up cookie recipe that’s less sweet and just a little bit spicy, these chewy ginger molasses cookies hit the spot. Rolling the dough in the cinnamon sugar ensures a beautiful cracked exterior with a caramelized coating. They have a fantastic texture and the combination of ginger and molasses makes for a refined flavor that’s perfect for pairing with a mug of tea or coffee during the colder months. They also store really well, so make a great choice for a cookie swap or just for packaging up into holiday gifts!

47. Low-Carb Almond Crescent Cookies

If you’re a fan of these traditional Italian cookies, you’ll love this low carb (and gluten-free!) version. A light, buttery cookie with a delicate crumb and the refined, nutty flavor of almonds, this cookie recipe is sure to be a hit! With just 7 ingredients, you’ll be cranking these classic holiday cookies out of your kitchen like a machine. If you have children, they’ll love helping you shape the dough and rolling it in the sliced almonds, almost as much as they’ll love helping you enjoy the results!

48. Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Let’s be honest. Whoopie pies are so much more than a cookie. No, instead you get two whole cookies and a rich, fluffy peanut butter filling. The reason peanut butter is so popular in gluten-free food is that it binds all types of gluten-free flours perfectly and has a strong, delicious flavor that can cover any odd tastes from alternative flours. These cookies use peanut butter in a way that is incredible. Peanut butter cookies lovingly wrapped around a luscious peanut butter frosting center. These guys are big, but if you want a big dose of sweetness, they’ll hit the spot like nothing else!

49. Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Cookies

We all know gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, but with this decadent cookie idea, you won’t even care. The pairing of chocolate and mint is perfect for the holidays, and these little cookies will please anyone, gluten intolerant or not! This gluten-free cookie recipe is quite long and requires a lot of preparation, but the soft, brownie-like cookie with two different frostings is quite worth the extra work. This is not your everyday snacking cookie, but it is a perfect recipe to trot out for special occasions.

50. The Best Damn Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The best cookies? Once you try them, you’ll see why this cookie idea deserves such a prestigious title! They’re not only gluten-free, but fit a vegan meal plan, as well. And they’re easy to make. Simply combine your wet ingredients, blend in your dry and fold in some chocolate chips! No chilling, rolling or specialty ingredients required. Because this is such an easy recipe, you’ll want to use the best ingredients you can find. This is a huge crowd pleaser that suits various dietary restrictions, so you’ll reach for this recipe often!

If you thought following a gluten-free diet meant you had to give up all your favorite baked goods and childhood cookie favorites, hopefully this list has given you some cookie idea inspiration! Whether you like chocolate, peanut butter, lemon or anything in between, there’s a recipe for you on this list.

Just remember, whenever you plan out a gluten-free meal idea, leave room for a little sweetness after the fact. Dietary restrictions may be a pain, but there’s no reason you should have to go without.

So go forth, find the perfect cookie idea to make for a bake sale or party, or even to enjoy alongside your favorite hot beverage. You definitely won’t be disappointed with the results!