20 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

It’s that time of the year to expand the love but not the waistline! Try these healthy gluten free Christmas cookies recipe plus 20 more cookie recipes that are better for you!

Here’s a gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe that is has the perfect crisp with a moist texture that’s perfectly sweet to satisfy a sweet tooth. These cookies are quick to make, tasty, and covered in red and green sprinkles. We love them made with coconut oil, but you can also use organic butter or vegan butter if you prefer a non-coconut flavor.

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  • Why these are the best gluten-free Christmas cookies
  • Ingredients
  • Recipe directions
  • Tips for Christmas cookie success
  • Storing gluten-free cookies
  • 20 Gluten-Free Cookies to make for Christmas
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More healthy holiday dessert recipes
  • Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Why these are the best gluten-free Christmas cookies

  • Made without processed sugars and processed all-purpose white flour. White sugar and white all-purpose flour is processed and spikes sugar levels. These gluten-free Christmas cookies are made with gluten-free flours and monk fruit for a lower sugar treat!
  • Cookies can be altered for any holiday by the color of the sprinkles. Make the cookie dough and then roll them in red and green sprinkles for a Christmas party. Or use the same recipe using pink sprinkles or rainbow sprinkles for a birthday party or Valentine’s Day.


  • room temperature organic butter or coconut oil, (for the butter we recommend grass fed, ghee or vegan butter)
  • organic brown sugar – We tested with SWERVE Brown Sugar Substitute, coconut sugar, and turbinado sugar
  • Monk Fruit
  • 1 large egg
  • vanilla
  • baking soda
  • pink Himalayan salt 
  • gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  • gluten-free flour tested with Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 and Cup-4-Cup
  • potato starch
  • 1 cup chocolate chip morsels or green mint M&M’s
  • ▢6 tablespoons red and green sprinkles for coating

Recipe directions

As always, please look at the recipe card below for full details and recipe instructions.

Step 1 Prepare the oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2 Make the dough: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and beat just until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips or mint candies.

Step 3 Chill the dough: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 4 Scoop and roll the cookie dough: Using a cookie dough scoop, drop cookie dough about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Use your hands and form into balls so they are compact.

Step 5 Roll in sprinkles: Add sprinkles to a small bowl and roll each ball in the sprinkles. Using the bottom of a cup, press each cookie down to flatten them slightly. They will not flatten during baking due to the sugar we use.

Step 5 Bake: Bake, let cool for 10 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, and enjoy!

  • Measure the gluten-free flour properly using a dry measuring cup and spoon. Use a spoon to scoop out the flour into a measuring cup then using the flat part of a knife level it off. This way you get the proper amount of flour and not too much as flour settles during shipping.
  • Flatten the cookies with the bottom of a glass before baking. These gluten-free Christmas cookies do not flatten on their own in while baked the oven. So after they are rolled in the sprinkles then gently flatten to desired thickness, or about ½-inch.
  • Chill the dough. Chilling the dough before baking allows the ingredients to settle and makes the cookies more flavorful. It also makes the cookies not gritty and softens them.

Storing gluten-free cookies

How to store cookies at room temperature: You can store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days. After about 2 days gluten-free cookies tend to dry out. To moisten them, add a damp paper towel over a cookie and heat it in the microwave for about 5-7 seconds to warm it slightly.

How to freeze cookies and cookie dough: Freeze the cookies in a sealed zip-tight bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can also freeze the dough by wrapping it in plastic then placing in a freezer storage bag with all the air removed. Thaw the dough then scoop into 1-inch rounds and bake as instructed. If the dough seems a bit dry, add about 1 tablespoon (at a time) of water and use an electric mix to mix it until it is softer.

20 Gluten-Free Cookies to make for Christmas

Be sure to also try any icing that comes with these gluten-free Christmas cookies or top some of them with this fabulous buttercream frosting recipe.

  1. Vegan Snickerdoodles
  2. Bakery-style Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Healthy Holiday Cut Outs
  4. Christmas Crinkle Cookies
  5. Vegan Sugar Cookies
  6. Healthy Green (Spinach) Sugar Cut Outs
  7. Rocky Road Cookies
  8. AIP Snickerdoodle Cookies
  9. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. 5-Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
  11. Vegan Gingerbread Man Cookies
  12. Fig Pinwheel Cookies Made With Greek Yogurt
  13. Soft Vegan Lemon Filled Cookies
  14. Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies
  15. Carob Chip Cookies
  16. Low Fat Jam Filled Butter Cookies
  17. Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (no-bake)
  18. Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
  19. Chocolate Coated “Oreo” Cookies
  20. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my gluten-free cookies dry and crumbly?

When gluten-free cookies come out of the oven dry and crumbly this is due to too much flour and not enough liquid or sugars. Make sure to measure the flour by scooping it with a spoon into a dry measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife.

How do you keep gluten-free cookies from being gritty?

Gritty gluten-free cookies can be from the grains and gluten-free flour blends. Make sure to let the cookie dough rest covered for 30 minutes before baking. This helps to moisten and soften the cookie dough, also lending a more flavorful gluten-free cookie.

How do you make gluten-free cookies stay together?

To make gluten-free cookies stick together xanthan gum is added to gluten-free flour blends. This is a main ingredient to help bind the dough in gluten-free cookies. If your gluten-free blend does no include xanthan gum then add about ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon to the cookie recipe.

More healthy holiday dessert recipes

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