A Round-Up of Gluten Free Cookies is perfect to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month, for holiday giving or really, any time of year. Sharing is caring so why not bake some gluten free cookies and give generously. Whether you are looking for a new recipe to add to your repertoire, or you haven’t quite mastered gluten free cookies there is something  here for you.

A Round Up of Gluten Free Cookies
A Round Up of Gluten Free Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

I’m a cookie lover at heart but still it took me a while to fully embrace the challenges of making gluten free cookies. I tried to make some old recipes by simply substituting my gluten free flour mix. This flour mix was successful in making gluten free muffins and brownies but it did not work for cookies. I knew there was more to learn and slowly I did just that.

In the description for each individual recipe post I share tips about baking in general and using gluten free flour. I also have a yearlong, monthly series of blog posts on the different gluten free flours and How To Use them for baking.

I brought all of this knowledge together in my blog post titled Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies. As soon as it came out it created a lot of interest and I was interviewed on A Canadian Celiac Podcast. You can listen to that podcast here, Episode 43 Baking Gluten Free Cookies.

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A Round Up of Gluten Free Cookies – The Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ever popular chocolate chip cookie is the perfect cookie to start with. It is so popular that I have more than one recipe and a few variations for it too. If you only make one cookie at home this could be it.

Variations for Chocolate Chip Cookies
Variations for Chocolate Chip Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Original Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is an excellent chocolate chip cookie that is made with a single flour, quinoa flour.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Teff Flour – This little known flour is a favourite of some gluten free bakers and is perfect in recipes with chocolate or mocha.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches – If you love cookies then turn them into dessert for entertaining. There is no end to the possibilities when making an ice cream sandwich. Any cookie, any ice cream and garnish away.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza – In this recipe post I share my ideas for decorating a cookie pizza to go with the season. It is a fun dessert to take to a party.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies can be eaten plain but they are also ideal for decorating. Royal icing is more stiff than regular icing so give it a try if you have a keen group of decorators. A roll of disposable piping bags will last forever (almost) but if that sounds like too big of a commitment the 24 pack size is also available. 

A stack of Gluten Free Sugar Cookies drizzled with chocolate.
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies -photo credit Jim Little
Brightly coloured royal icing on Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing on Gluten Free Sugar Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Thumbprint Cookies

To make thumbprint cookies you push your thumb into the cookie dough balls and fill it with jam. Use a variety of jams to make a beautiful plate of homemade cookies.

A plate of gluten free Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These jack-o-lantern cookies are perfect for Halloween. Kids love the chocolate chip freckles and they can be easily decorated with candy or icing.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies in the shape of Jack-o-lanterns.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies are not just for Christmas. Rolling, cutting, baking and eating cookies can be a fun activity for the whole family. If this is a challenge for you I recommend starting with simple shapes like hearts and circles. This is a big recipe so share it with friends.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin lovers don’t want to wait until fall to enjoy the many foods made with canned pumpkin. This cookie recipe includes pumpkin pie spices, tiny currants and a sweet icing on top. If you are a pumpkin lover or if you know one this is the recipe for you.

Little Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies on a pedestal tray.
Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are super easy, made with quinoa flour and they turn out perfectly every time. If you are baking with kids even the youngest ones can help. Sit them on the kitchen counter and let them flatten each dough ball by pressing the tines of a fork evenly on the top of each one.

A cookie sheet full of gluten free peanut butter cookies.
Peanut Butter Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Uncooked Dainties

In my family we all learned to bake cookies when we were young. As the name implies these cookies are not baked so they are a great place to start. They are sweet and chocolaty, easy to make and a favourite with kids.

A plate showing the classic Canadian cookie, gluten free Uncooked Dainties
Uncooked Dainties -photo credit Jim Little

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

It isn’t Christmas without shortbread but you can make these cookies any time of year so you are ready when the holiday season arrives.

A tin of gluten free Whipped Shortbread decorated with red and green sprinkles.
Whipped Shortbread -photo credit Jim Little

Cappuccino Cookies

These are for people who love chocolate chip cookies, coffee and cinnamon. That’s me.

Cappuccino Cookies
Cappuccino Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Take The Challenge

So my challenge to you is to make some homemade cookies, as soon as possible. Share cookies and the message that a gluten free diet is important for many people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Perhaps the best message for some is that gluten free cookies can be delicious and anyone can make them. Let me know in the comments below what you made.

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