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Gluten Free Cookies Recipes 

Updated October 13, 2017.

Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

Gluten free cookies recipes are so good, you’ll never know you’re enjoying one of America’s favorite treats, gluten-free!

There’s nothing like a gluten free cookie and a glass of ice-cold milk to stave off hunger between meals.

So, what makes gluten free cookie recipes the best ever?

It’s all in the dough! 

Take advantage of this snack opportunity to make nutrition count; use Whole Grain Gluten Free Flour Blend to boost protein, vitamins and minerals.  

When milk is called for in a recipe, consider enriching your cookies with protein/calcium rich powdered milk; add the powdered milk to the dry ingredients and the equivalent water measure to the wet ingredients.

A great gluten free cookie recipe can be the “key” for a multitude of scrumptious cookie variations.



How to Make Perfect Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

How to Make Perfect Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

Cookie-making success is all up to you!

By following the tips and using the special helps on this webpage and on featured gluten free cookie recipes, you should get perfect results every time.

Read each recipe carefully!  Understand every word.  Be sure to have everything ready before you start, including chopping nuts and freezing chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven before you start mixing so the oven comes to the full and correct temperature before baking cookies.

Collect all your ingredients in one place so they are conveniently at hand; this will save time and many steps.

Collect all your kitchen equipment and tools in one place so they are ready when you need them, including mixing bowls and cookie sheets.

Carefully measure all ingredients exactly.  Taking the time to measure accurately will save much grief when your cookies don't turn out perfect.

Mix carefully and as directed; follow the instructions just as described in the recipe.

Prepare and bake cookies as indicated in the recipe; correct baking is essential for successful cookie outcomes.

Master basic cooking skills.

Understand the terms used on this website, an important step to cooking up award winning cookies.

To receive the best cookie product results, use the ingredients recommended in the recipe.  For great cooks who wish to convert recipes to allergy-free versions, consult the Gluten Free Substitutions Chart.

If needed, use the Food Equivalents Chart as a guide to determine weights and measurements of common food ingredients in various forms; for your convenience, imperial and metric conversions are included.


How to Prepare Special Ingredients for Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

How to Prepare Special Ingredients for Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

Melting Chocolate

There are several methods to melt chocolate to prevent scotching and burning.

Microwave Method

  1. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl inside microwave oven.
  2. Cook on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir chocolate to redistribute the heat.
  4. Cook for 30 seconds more.
  5. Stir chocolate until bits melt into each other.
  6. Repeat heating and stirring in 10 to 15 second intervals until chocolate is completely melted.

Double Boiler Method

  1. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler over boiling water; be sure water does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  2. Stir constantly until chocolate is completely melted.

Makeshift Double Boiler Method

  1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Set the bowl inside a large sieve (wire mesh strainer) over boiling water in a pan.
  3. Stir constantly until chocolate is completely melted.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape melted chocolate from hot container.

Preparing Dates

Some cookie recipes in this cookbook call for chopped dates requiring some preparation before adding them to the dough.

Purchasing packaged date pieces from grocery store shelves pose a health hazard for people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and allergies to wheat, because the date pieces are usually dusted with oat flour.  While oats in any form are by nature gluten-free, gluten cross contamination frequently happens in grain fields from blowing grain dust of other nearby grain fields, contaminated agriculture, transportation and processing facility equipment.

For the best health protection, prepare dates at home.  Fresh dates are a sticky fruit.  Pitted dates can easily be cut to size using a wet scissors, occasionally dipped in water.  If desired dust "chopped" dates with a minimum amount of certified gluten-free oat flour or other gluten-free flour.

Preparing Nuts

Some cookie recipes in this cookbook call for a variety of nut sizes, requiring some preparation before adding them to the dough.

Broken Nuts

Use fingers to break up whole nuts and nut halves into 1/2 inch, 1.27 cm pieces.

Cut-up Nuts

Use a scissors to cut whole nuts and nut halves into 1/4 inch pieces, 0.64 cm pieces.

Coarsely Chopped Nuts

Use a food chopper or chef's knife and a cutting board to chop a measure of nuts into 1/8 inch, 0.32 cm pieces or smaller.

Finely Chopped Nuts

Use a food chopper or chef's knife and a cutting board to chop a measure of nuts into very fine bits.

Grating Peels

Some cookie recipes in this cookbook call for a variety of grated peels, requiring some preparation before adding them to the dough.

  1. Wash and dry the outside of the fruit.
  2. Use long strokes so the peel won't stick to the grater.
  3. Rub the fruit over the tines using even pressure.
  4. Grate only the outer colored peel; avoid grating the white pith on citrus fruits.

Cookie-Making Tips

Cookie-Making Tips

Gluten-free cookies are more fragile than their wheat-flour based cousins and require special handling.  Handling techniques are built into the recipe.

In addition, the following cookie best practices will help ensure the best gluten-free cookie outcomes.

Use an oven thermometer to help set your oven to an accurate temperature as indicated in the recipe.

Choose bright, shiny cookie sheets with at least 2 inches, 5.08 centimeters clearance from oven walls to allow for hot air to circulate freely and so cookies will brown evenly.

To prevent cookies from browning too quickly or too much on the bottom, bake cookies on an air insulated cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  As an alternative nest two standard cookie sheets together to create "air" insulation and line with parchment paper.

Thoroughly mix all softened ingredients, butter, sugar or syrups, such as maple syrup or molasses, eggs and melted chocolate, before adding dry ingredients.

Stir gluten-free flavoring extracts into creamed ingredients mixture before adding dry ingredients.

Measure dry ingredients into a large sifter set on a parchment square to catch the spillage.  Sift the dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients mixture and combine thoroughly.   Then, stir flavored chips, chopped fruits and nuts into the cookie dough.

Chill dough and/or shape dough as directed in the recipe and place on prepared cookie sheets.

ALWAYS place cookie dough on cool cookie sheets in order to retain shape; placing cookie dough on hot cookie sheets causes dough to spread into a melty mess.

Bake cookies, one cookie sheet at a time, on a rack located at the center in the oven.

To save time and effort, work with 3 or 4 cookies sheets:  one to bake, one to let baked cookies set up on, one to cool, and a cooled cookie sheet to fill with cookie dough.

ALWAYS BAKE ONE TEST COOKIE FIRST, make adjustments, and then bake another test cookie.  Repeat until a perfect cookie is achieved, and then proceed with finishing baking the rest of the cookie dough.

Set the timer for the minimum amount of time indicated in the recipe; check the cookies and cook until desired doneness.

DO NOT OVER BAKE.  Remove cookies from oven when they appear slightly undercooked; they will continue to bake while setting up on the hot cookie sheet.

If bottoms brown too quickly or burn, raise the oven rack.  If tops brown too quickly or burn, lower the oven rack.

Weather conditions do affect gluten-free drop cookie dough, especially humidity.  In humid conditions, dry ingredients stored in the pantry will absorb more moisture than when stored in a cool dry place, affecting the "dryness".  Thus, dry ingredients, especially flour, will not be able to absorb as much liquid ingredients in the recipe, resulting in a wetter dough and causing cookies to spread out like pancakes when baked.  Adjust for high humidity by adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of flour to the dough.  Likewise, if cookie dough is too dry due to very low humidity and cookies don't spread into nice cookie shapes when baked, add 1 or 2 tablespoons milk to the dough.

Baking gluten-free drop cookies at higher elevations requires no recipe alterations or baking modifications.

Remove cookie sheets from the oven and let cookies set up on the hot cookie sheets, as indicated in the recipe, before slipping them off the cookie sheets with a wide cookie spatula and slide them on to a wire cookie rack to finish cooling completely.

Store gluten-free cookies in an air tight container and keep in a cool dry place.  Gluten-free cookies can be stored in the freezer for 9 to 12 months.  Arrange cookies in an air tight container lined with waxed paper.  Separate layers of cookies with more waxed paper and cover top layer with another piece of waxed paper.  Close container, label and freeze.  Thaw cookies at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.


Gluten Free Cookies Recipes

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe--Gluten Free and Corn Free  This vintage Candy Cane Cookies recipe is a well-loved Christmas classic passed down through the generations. It is still one of the most requested holiday cookie recipes . . . 

Chocolate Chip Cookies--Key Recipe to Many Amazing Cookies!  Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good, you’ll never know you’re eating America’s favorite cookie!

Almond Cookies

Ambrosia Cookies

Apricot Citrus Cookies

Apricot Nut Cookies

Apricot Special Cookies

Banana Cream Pie Cookies

Banana Split Cookies

Bar Cookies

Black & White Cookies

Caramel Cookies

Carob Chip Cookies

Cherry Almond Coconut Cookies

Cherry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Nut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Salted Peanut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Orange Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies

Cinnamon Cookies

Cinnamon Almond Cookies

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Cream Cookies

Coffee Cookies

Coffee & Crème Cookies

Date Coconut Cookies

Date Nut Cookies

Double Chocolate Orange Refrigerator Cookies

Double Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies

Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Nut Cookies

Easy Toffee Chip Cookies

Fig Almond Cookies

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Almond Cookies

Ginger Crème Cookies

Ginger Drop Cookies

Ginger Oatmeal Scotches

White Chip Maple Nut Cookies

Ginger Snickerdoodles

Hazel Nut Cookies

Holiday Chip Cookies

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Iced Apple Pie Cookies

Iced Caramel Cookies

Iced Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Iced Date Cookies

Iced Lemon Cookies

Iced Maple Nut Cookies

Iced Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon Coconut Cookies

Lemon Crème Cookies

Lemon Nut Cookies

M & M™ Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Nut Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Mexican Double Chocolate Cookies

Mini Chip Cookies

Mocha Crème Cookies

New England Maple Cookies

New England Maple Nut Cookies

Oatmeal Apricot Cookies

Oatmeal Lemon Cookies

Oatmeal Orange Cookies

Oatmeal Scotches

Orange Coconut Cookies

Orange Crème Cookies

Orange Pecan Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Crème Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Date Cookies

Pina Colada Cookies

Pineapple Date Cookies

Plum Spice Cookies

Ready to Bake Cookie Dough

Refrigerator Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies

Salted Peanut Cookies

South Pacific Cookies

Sweet & Crunchy Cookies

White Chip Cherry Cookies

White Chip Cranberry Cookies

White Chip Cranberry Orange Cookies

White Chip Lemon Nut Cookies

White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies


Cookie Icings

Caramel Cookie Icing

Lemon Cookie Icing

Maple Cookie Icing

Vanilla Cookie Icing


Chocolate Crinkles Recipe—A Decadent Gluten-free Cookie!  LOVE this Chocolate Crinkles Recipe!  These decadent gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies are so easy and so delicious . . .

Gingerbread Cookies  Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies are a delightful holiday celebration of spicy flavors steeped in ancient times . . . 

Gingersnaps  Great taste is what's in store for you!  Chrystal Carver is sharing one of her all-time favorite gluten free baking recipes from her wonderful cookbook.

Pfeffernüsse—The Best Gluten-free German Christmas Cookies!  There’s nothing like Pfeffernüsse, the best gluten-free German Christmas cookies! There’s something about the spicy aroma mixed with the scent of winter greens and Christmas hymns . . .

Pumpkin Bars Recipe  Enjoy scrumptious spicy pumpkin pie flavor in a quick and easy cookie bar that will delight family and friends.  Psst! They will think you slaved over a hot oven all day; that's how great these gluten-free cookie bars are!

Cookie Icing

Crème Icing


Pumpkin Sugar Cookies  Pumpkin and spice, and everything sweetly nice make the the best pumpkin sugar cookies ever . . . so delicious, friends and family won't know these cookies are gluten-free! 

Cookie Icing

Orange Cookie Icing

Shamrock Cookies are Gluten-free Irish Charms!  There are shamrock cookies; professionally decorated sugar cookie cutouts . . . and then there are SHAMROCK COOKIES, sweet melt-in-your mouth molded creations with Grandma’s homemade touch!

Sugar Cookies—Key Recipe to Incredible Cutout Cookies!  Sugar Cookies are so good; you’ll never know you’re enjoying a world class confection . . . gluten-free! 

Almond Crescent Cookies

Anise Biscotti

Any Baking Chip Refrigerator Cookies

Austrian Linzer Cookies

Bacon Scotches Refrigerator Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Refrigerator Cookies

Butter Nut Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

Cardamom Sugar Cookies

Caribbean Island Cookies

Caribbean Island Lime Coolers Refrigerator Cookies

Cherry Nut Chocolate Dippers Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Crispies

Chocolate Logs

Chocolate Nut Wafers Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Ribbon Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Slices Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Triangles Refrigerator Cookies

Chocolate Wafers Refrigerator Cookies

Cinnamon and Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Refrigerator Cookies

Cinnamon Slices Refrigerator Cookies

Coconut Islands

Cranberry Ginger Refrigerator Cookies

Cran-Rosemary Orangies

Date Filled Sandwich Cookies

Date Nut Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies

Date Nut Refrigerator Cookies

Empire Biscuits

Filled Sugar Cookies

Fruit Tarts

Holiday Celebrations Cookies

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Iced Almond Wafers

Iced Sugar Cookies

Jan Hagel Cookies

Lemon Citrus Cookies

Lemon Coolers

Lemon Drop Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Lemon Pistachio Cookies

Lemon Refrigerator Cookies

Lemony Rosemary Dainties

Lime Citrus Cookies

Lime Coolers

Lime Crescent Cookies

Lime Ginger Cookies

Maple Iced Sugar & Spice Cookies

Margarita Cookies

Nut Refrigerator Cookies

Orange Citrus Cookies

Orange Drop Sandwich Cookies

Orange Spiced Cookies

Pecan Fingers

Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Candy Cookies

Poppy Seed Almond Cookies

Ready to Bake Cookie Dough

Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

Sesame Seed Cookies

Sandy Cookies

Sparkling Limeade Cookies

Sparkling Pink Lemonade Cookies

Spiced "Rum" Sugar Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Sugar Bar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Sugared Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Turtles


Cookie Fillings

Apricot Filling

Cherry Filling

Date Filling



Date Nut Filling

Fig Filling

Lemon Filling



Orange Filling

Plum Filling

Raisin Filling


Cookie Icings

Caramel Candy Cookie Icing

Caribbean Island Cookie Icing



Chocolate Drizzle Icing

Lime Cookie Icing

Peppermint Cookie Icing



Orange Cookie Icing

"Rum" Cookie Icing

White Cookie Icing


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