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3 Go-To Gluten-Free (And Dairy-Free) Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes Everyone Can Enjoy

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

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Christmas is just around the corner, and it's time for one of our favorite holiday traditions - baking Christmas cookies!

If you're like my family and have allergies to wheat and gluten (and dairy), you'll love these gluten-free, dairy-free classic Christmas cookie recipes that are simply delicious! These three yummy allergy-friendly recipes are part of our annual home baking party, and we are happy to share them with you. Even your gluten lovin' family won't know these are gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas cut-out cookies with icing and decorations

Gluten-Free Classic Sugar Cookies


2 ½ cups gluten-free flour mix (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour)

1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder (Rumford and Clabber Girl are both gluten-free)

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter or shortening (I use Spectrum Naturals)

1 egg

2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla (I use Simply Organic Vanilla Flavoring)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.

In another medium bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening with a mixer. Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture and mix together well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until thoroughly combined.

Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

Roll chilled dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Check out this favorite 13-piece Comfort Grip Christmas Cookie Cutters with Rolling Pin Set here.

Place cut-outs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Watch carefully so that cookies do not brown. Ice cooled cookies as desired, or try our Easy, Delicious Buttercream Non-Dairy Frosting recipe here.

Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies

peanut butter cookies

So Easy Gluten-Free (Flour-Free) Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dump all ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix together by hand with a spoon until well-combined.

Roll into teaspoon size balls and bake on parchment-lined cookie sheets for about 7-8 minutes, depending on your oven.

As an extra treat, you can drizzle melted chocolate chips on top of cooled cookies.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

chocolate chip cookies

Awesome Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


¾ cup shortening  (I use Spectrum Naturals)

1 ¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar

2 Tablespoons milk, milk alternative, or non-dairy creamer

1 Tablespoon gluten-free vanilla (I use Simply Organic Vanilla Flavoring)

1 egg

1 ¾ cups gluten free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour)

1 teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture.

In a medium bowl, combine gluten-free flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into the creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop rounded teaspoons of the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake for 6 to 7 minutes for chewy cookies, or 8 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies, depending on your oven. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then remove to cooling rack.

Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies


Holiday gingerbread cookie with hot cocoa and cinnamon sticks and candy canes

Looking for some helpful kitchen activities to engage your Kid in the Kitchen?

Check out the 'Kitchen Fun for Your Sensory Sensitive or Picky Eater Child' post to get fun ideas for adventurous and picky eaters alike!

Have a picky eater at home? Check out the Build a Better Eater short guidebook available on Amazon!

Build a Better Eater book for parents of picky eaters

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