Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

5 from 10 votes

These gluten free Christmas cookies are perfect to bake during the holiday season! Crisp edges and gooey centers, they use EASY ingredients!

gluten free christmas cookies

With so many diets to cater for during the holiday season, I feel like there should be a classic Christmas dessert for every single one of them. We’ve had vegan Christmas cookies and keto Christmas cookies. It’s only fair we have one for the celiacs out there!

This gluten free Christmas cookies recipe is the BEST holiday dessert for celiacs out there that taste incredible. Gluten free cookies can sometimes be dense or crumbly, but not these ones!

The texture is absolutely perfect- Crisp edges with soft and gooey middles. They are buttery, sweet, and full of chocolate throughout, and there is no graininess.

The secret to perfect gluten free cookie is to chill the dough and ensure that the flour has xanthan gum added into it. This gives the cookies stability and holds them together, so even non-celiacs would love them!

How do you make gluten free Christmas cookies?

The Ingredients.

  • Gluten free flour– Use a gluten free flour blend with added xanthan gum. If your flour doesn’t have any in it, add 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum. 
  • Baking powder and baking soda– A combination of both leavening agents are used to give the cookies the perfect balance of spread and rise. 
  • Salt– Just a pinch to balance out all the sweet ingredients. 
  • Butter– Softened to room temperature. 
  • Brown sugar and white sugar– Both sugars are used to give the cookies the crisp edges (white sugar) and the soft centers (brown sugar).
  • Egg and egg yolk– The added egg yolk ensures the cookies are extra chewy and gooey. 
  • Vanilla extract– A must for any good cookie recipe. 
  • M & M’s– Green, red, and white M & M’s are not only perfect for Christmas, but they are also completely gluten free! Be sure to use classic M & M candies, as their flavored or seasonal ones are not certified gluten free. 
  • Chocolate chips– Optional, but adding chocolate chips guarantees extra chocolate in every mouthful! 

The Instructions. 

In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Using hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix until completely combined. Using a wooden spoon, gently add in the dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate the dough for an hour.

Now, remove the dough and form 12-16 balls and place them on a lined baking or cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until they firm up around the sides and are golden on top. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely. 

gluten free holiday cookies

Tips to make the best recipe

  • You must refrigerate the dough for at least an hour, so the butter (fat) solidifies properly. When it comes time to bake them, the butter takes longer to melt, which yields thicker and chewier cookies. For an even better flavor, you can refrigerate the dough overnight. 
  • If you don’t want to use M & M’s, any candy buttons will work.
  • Do not add more flour, even if the dough seems like it is too wet. Once the dough is chilled, it will be easier to work with. 
  • Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out portions of the dough. 

Storing and freezing instructions

  • To store: Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. If you’d like them to keep longer, store them in the refrigerator. 
  • To freeze: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
gluten free cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Is xanthan gum necessary for gluten free baking?

Depending on what gluten free recipe you are baking, xanthan gum is often required. It is used to thicken and stabilize baked goods and provide extra structure.

Can you use gluten free flour without xanthan gum?

If you only have a gluten free flour blend that does not contain xanthan gum, you will need to add 1/2 teaspoon to compensate. Do not bake these cookies without them or they will fall apart.

Are M & M’s gluten free?

Original and mini M & M’s are gluten free. Crispy, pretzel and seasonal flavors can contain traces of gluten in them and/or contain gluten.

gluten free christmas cookies recipe

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

These gluten free Christmas cookies are perfect to bake during the holiday season! Crisp edges and gooey centers, they use EASY ingredients!
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until combined. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix through the dry ingredients, then fold in the candy buttons and chocolate chips.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out 12-16 portions of cookie dough. Place them on the two cookie sheets, leaving 1-2 inches apart so the cookies can spread.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are just done. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.

Notes

* If your gluten free flour does not contain xanthan gum, add 1/2 teaspoon to the dough. 
TO STORE: Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. If you’d like them to keep longer, store them in the refrigerator. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 29g
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