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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies (and Vegan Options Too!)

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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies & Vegan Holiday Desserts

Navigating holiday parties can be a challenge when you have a food allergy or food sensitivity. And even when the main course is covered by a sauce-free meat option, there is still the dessert table. Christmas cookies and holiday baking are a big part of celebrating the holidays. It’s not fun to be the one who is left out of enjoying all the baked goods. There should be something for EVERYONE on the holiday dessert table. Including people who need to avoid gluten and dairy. Which is why I’ve come up with a list of the best gluten free Christmas cookies and included as many vegan (dairy free) options as I could find.

I know the challenges of navigating holiday party food both when you personally have an allergy and when your child is the one with the food issue. I can’t eat gluten and my daughter can’t have dairy. So, we need gluten free Christmas cookies & dairy free options too.

In my zeal for finding us great allergen free holiday desserts, I’ve found some fabulous recipes. Check them out here and get ready for super fun holiday baking, allergen free style.

Before we get to the recipes, be sure to check out this post for more Christmas fun:
Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies (and Vegan & Dairy Free Cookies too!)

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1. Snow Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies

For delicious gluten free Christmas cookies that don’t require any oddball ingredients, these are a perfect choice. They are made up of coconutty sweetness and also happen to be beautiful.

The recipe actually calls for edible glitter. Which is an oddball ingredient. But it’s optional. And everything else needed is something you probably already buy for your holiday baking.

These are dairy free Christmas cookies, but not vegan because of the eggs.

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2. Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

I’ve been making this gluten free Christmas cookie recipe for at least a decade. I don’t even need to look at the recipe at this point. And it’s awesome. It has been a hit at every party, whether the guests need gluten free goodies or not.

If you love peanut butter cookies, these will be your new favorites. And if you leave off the Hershey’s kisses, these are also dairy free.

I’ve even made them vegan by using flax eggs instead of real eggs. So, lots of ways to accommodate special diets with these cookies. And they are well worth the effort.

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3. German Marzipan Balls (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Wow, are these gluten free Christmas cookies easy to make! There are literally two ingredients. And they are also a dairy free and vegan dessert.

If you need a gluten free and vegan holiday dessert you can make fast, but one that will still get rave reviews, these cookies are perfect for you!

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4. Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mousse Cups

For a fun twist on gluten free Christmas cookies, definitely try these peppermint sugar cookie mousse cups.

This dessert was so good (where has it been all my life!?!?). Very sweet and sugary but still light tasting. 

Not vegan or dairy free though. Although you could try them with a dairy free whipped cream if you wanted to give it a shot.

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5. Gluten Free White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

These gluten free Christmas cookies are some of my favorites. I love the white chocolate mixed with the gingerbread flavor.

Do note that unfortunately, these cookies are not vegan or dairy free.

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6. Caramel Apple Pie GF & Vegan Cookies

For a truly unique gluten free Christmas cookie recipe, check out these caramel apple pie cookies! Plus they are “protein cookies” so you might even get some of the other specialty diet folks eating dessert.

These can be made vegan using a flax egg. Or if the allergy is milk products and not eggs, you can use a regular egg.

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7. Gluten Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies (and Vegan)

Hot chocolate and candy canes are two of my favorite flavors. And these gluten free Christmas cookies combine them perfectly.

And this recipe is also vegan and dairy free.

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8. Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

This is another gluten free holiday cookie that is also low carb. (But unfortunately not vegan or dairy free.)

These are made with almond flour and Erythritol to make them low carb. Add some butter and vanilla extract and you have the entire ingredients list. These are simple, easy to make and delicious.

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9. Classic Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are nearly as important to Christmas as Santa Claus. And if you’re gluten free or dairy free you’ve probably been doing without them for way too long. That’s about to change!

These amazing gingerbread cookies are gluten free and dairy free. And vegan. Perfect Christmas cookies for the holiday dessert table that EVERYONE can enjoy.

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10. Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

If sugar cookies are part of your traditional holiday baking, you’ll be happy to see these delicious gluten free sugar cookies. They are also vegan and free of all the top 8 allergens.

Get your Christmas cookie cutters out and get these holiday favorites ready to roll.

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11. Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies (GF & Vegan)

If you love the combination of chocolate and peppermint flavors these gluten free Christmas cookies are the ones your should try.

They require a few specialty ingredients, so shop ahead of time for your gluten-free baking flour and a few other things. Oh, and these are vegan and dairy free Christmas cookies too.

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12. No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Marzipan balls are great for gluten free and vegan cookies because the main ingredient is almond paste.

These are no-bake and easy to make gluten-free Christmas cookies. The recipe includes brand names of vegan rum if you need that option.

Speaking of run, this recipe is better kept for the grown ups unless you sub vanilla extract or orange juice for the rum and make them non-alcoholic (there are instructions for doing this in the recipe).

Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Baking

If you’re gearing up for holiday baking but have a family member in need of a gluten free or dairy free holiday dessert, I hope you find something here they will like. Whether vegan by choice or limited by food intolerances, nobody should have to pass by the holiday dessert table empty handed!


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Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

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3 thoughts on “Gluten Free Christmas Cookies (and Vegan Options Too!)”

  1. Love all these gluten-free recipes! I really think that this kind of recipes is what we need this holidays. Thanks for sharing them! Happy holidays to you and your family xoxo

  2. Hi Elizabeth – YES! Loving all of these allergen-friendly recipes. Thank you so much for including my peppermint hot chocolate cookies. PINNED! Happy holidays to you! Hugs, Holly

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