Just because you are following a gluten-free diet, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious treats such as cookies and cakes. The wide variety of wheat-flour substitutes and recipes available nowadays helps to add these sweet goodies back into the lives of people following gluten-free diets. Check out these fifteen cookie recipes we’ve compiled today, all of which are gluten-free.
15 Delicious Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes
1. Gluten-Free Cutout Sugar Cookies
Perfect for any type of celebration, these classic cookies are soft and feature a meringue-type frosting. You can cut them into any shape you like, making them fun for kids to cook. Follow this simple recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring, which uses all-purpose gluten-free flour.
2. Lemon Cookies
These gluten-free lemon cookies from Mile High Mitts have a light texture and a delicious citrusy flavor. They are perfect for summer and spring baking and have the ideal combination of chew and crunch to their texture.
3. Three-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies
If you are trying to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements, this is the perfect cookie recipe for you. Power Hungry shows you how to make these cookies with only three ingredients (apart from water and salt), and they are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly!
4. Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
My Gluten-Free Kitchen shares an excellent recipe for classic chocolate chip cookie lovers. So if you’re looking for the perfect soft and chewy cookies, which can be very hard to find in a gluten-free variety, this will be your go-to cookie recipe for when you’re craving chocolate. You will be able to create a crispy-edged cookie, with a slightly gooey center and plenty of chocolate that the whole family will enjoy.
5. Four-Ingredient Gluten-Free Italian Coconut Cookies
These traditional Italian cookies are great for any family gathering and use only four ingredients, including gluten-free flour. You can make many different variations by following this simple recipe from All Recipes, and we suggest adding chocolate chips to the mix. Alternatively, you can drizzle chocolate over them once they are cooled, making an even more decadent treat. With only fifteen minutes of prep time, they are a quick sweet to make that requires minimal effort in the kitchen.
6. Gluten-Free Vanilla Wafers
For a simple cookie, these vanilla wafers from The Spruce Eats take only thirty minutes for both the preparation and cooking time. They need very basic ingredients, so you won’t need to get any special supplies to create these. They are perfect for adding to a dessert, such as ice cream or banana pudding, and can be made into small squares, ideal for smaller children.
7. Amaretti Cookies
Amaretti cookies are one of my favorite types of cookies, with their crunchy outside and chewy inner texture. This recipe is quick and simple to follow and needs only ten minutes of prep time. With a small list of ingredients, and ground almond being used as the main ingredient, you’ll want to whip up this delicious treat from Kimi Eats Gluten Free today.
8. Honey Tahini Cookies
These gluten-free cookies are a more refined version of a peanut butter cookie, and they have the perfect texture that’s both chewy and crispy. This recipe from Food & Wine makes thirty cookies in just forty-five minutes, and everyone will enjoy these, regardless of if they follow a gluten-free diet. With a very minimal list of ingredients, and using almond flour to make them gluten-free, you’ll be able to rustle these up the next time you are looking to prepare something a little more exciting for your family and friends.
9. Soft and Chewy Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies
Ginger cookies are a great option for the holiday season and are an excellent choice to fill your cookie jars for your next holiday party or gathering. This recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring encourages you to roll these delicious cookies in sugar on the outside. This will give a beautiful crust to these soft, chewy, and lightly spiced cookies.
10. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies
If you haven’t had enough of pumpkins this fall, use any spare canned pumpkin you have lying around to make these light and fluffy gluten-free pumpkin cookies. Using gluten-free flour, sugar, and spice, they are topped with a simple frosting of cream cheese to make a yummy fall or winter treat. This recipe from Amy in the Kitchen is a crowd-pleaser and ideal for a family gathering.
11. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
For thick and soft gluten-free oatmeal cookies that bake in just ten minutes, check out this recipe from Mama Knows Gluten Free. The recipe can also be adapted to be dairy-free, and you can customize it with either raisins or chocolate chips. You can even split your batch in half to make a mixture of these two types of cookies, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
12. Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines
For a special cookie that’s ideal for a coffee morning or special occasion, bake these madeleines from Rhian’s Recipes. They are moist and fluffy, and you and your guests won’t know the difference between these and regular madeleines. They are very addictive and rich, so you’ll want to invite some of your friends around to share them with you!
13. Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies
Made from garbanzo bean flour and sweet sorghum flour, these gingersnaps cookies from The Spruce Eats are fitting for the holiday season. These flours are easy-to-find, and the great thing about this recipe is that there is no starch or gum included. It’s a super spicy recipe with plenty of ground ginger to create a flavorful cookie.
14. Three-Ingredient Gluten-Free Shortbread
Perfect to enjoy with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee during the holiday season, this classic cookie gets a gluten-free makeover thanks to The Pretty Bee. The recipe calls for only three ingredients and creates a buttery, rich cookie that is also dairy-free and nut-free.
15. Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
For a unique, healthy cookie, try out this recipe from Love & Lemons. If you enjoy carrot cake, you’ll love these soft and nutty cookies. They are excellent for having on the go or for adding to lunchboxes.
As you can see, the options for gluten-free cookies are endless, and there are so many great substitutions and ideas for ingredients to incorporate into your baking instead of wheat flour. I hope you enjoy creating these fifteen gluten-free cookies and that you’ll find a new favorite sweet treat that’s suitable for the whole family to enjoy.