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This is a Recipe Roundup of my gluten free Holiday Baking. I love trying new recipes every year and hope to find a keeper, but I also look forward to making my old favourites. For me it wouldn’t be Christmas without shortbread and gingerbread.

It takes time to recreate your family favourites gluten free and there is often some disappointment that goes along with it. Perseverance is the trait of every good gluten free cook!

With this recipe roundup I hope to inspire you to make something you’ve been missing or to try something new. They’re not all baked and I even have my recipe for savoury mixed nuts in here but everything comes from the kitchen and are perfect for the holiday season.

I’ve divided the recipes into the following categories:

  • Gingerbread & Shortbread
  • Sugar Cookies & Thumbprint Cookies
  • No-Bake Holiday Treats
  • Edible Gifts From The Kitchen
  • Desserts for a Holiday Buffet
  • Holiday Gift Ideas for the Gluten Free Kitchen

Understanding How To Use Gluten Free Flour

A quick reminder that recipes calling for an all-purpose blend are not all the same. My suggestion is to start by paying attention to what flours you’re using. Then you can slowly learn by your own taste what you like and what works best for you.

I use my favourite flour blend to make many, many recipes. But I learned that some recipes turn out better with individual flours rather than a blend. I’m happy to combine individual flours to make melt-in-your-mouth shortbread during the holidays. It takes a little more time but it’s worth it.

I recently added a new resource call 29 Tips for Cooking with Gluten Free Flour. Click the link at the bottom of this post to get your copy.

Gingerbread and Shortbread

To recreate my favourite gingerbread recipe I had to find a new flour blend. When I finally did it was a game changer for my Christmas cookie baking.

1. Gluten Free Cookie Flour Blend
Frustrated with gluten free cookies? Here's the gluten free cookie flour blend that took my cookie baking to the next level.
A blue plate with with the recipe in white letters, surrounded by a strainer and 4 bowls with the cookie flour ingredients.

The number of things you can create with gingerbread is endless. This is a big recipe so invite a friend, put on some Christmas music, pour some wine (or punch) and make it a party. Have fun!

2. Gingerbread Cookies
Making gingerbread cookies is a holiday tradition! Try gingerbread men with heart cut-outs, Ninja-bread men, snowflakes and more. Get out your holiday cookie cutters and plan an afternoon of cookie baking.
Using a gluten free flour conversion chart makes it easy to make several recipes of Gingerbread dough at one time.

This shortbread recipe can be made as individual cookies ini the photo below or it can be rolled into a log. The log can be saved and sliced to cook as many as you want or it can be rolled in sprinkles and given as a gift.

3. Whipped Shortbread Cookies
In December whipped shortbread is near the top of the list of cookies I want to bake, eat and share. This is a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie that people will not believe is gluten free.
A tin of gluten free Whipped Shortbread decorated with red and green sprinkles.

Sugar Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies

These Sugar Cookies are just like my mom made and I’ve eaten many of them just to confirm that. There might be a flour blend out there to make sugar cookies but this recipe, made with individual flours, is perfect so I’m not looking for it.

4. Sugar Cookies
These gluten free sugar cookies are a MUST ADD to your repertoire. Get out your cookie cutters and plan to have some fun making cookies.
Beautiful Snowflakes you can eat!
5. Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
This recipe uses brown rice flour and is a bit more sturdy than the one above. I love them both but I'd recommend this one if you've got young children decorating them.
Colourful sugar cookies decorated with royal icing
6. Thumbprint Cookies
Jam Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for the holiday season. Filled with sparkling red raspberry jam they add a festive look to any cookie tray.
A plate of gluten free Thumbprint Cookies

No Bake Holiday Treats

No Bake recipes have a lot of appeal for their ease and high probability of success. They’re perfect for young children, people who don’t like to bake and anyone new to gluten free baking.

7. White Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn
White Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn is a dead easy, no-bake recipe anyone can make. It's the perfect last minute gift for popcorn lovers!
A pan with clumps of White Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn beside the gift bags, candy canes and ribbon ready for gift wrapping.
8. Easy Toffee Squares
‘Tis the season for indulgence and these three layer toffee squares certainly meet that criteria. I call them Kathy’s Easy Toffee Squares.
A stack of gluten free toffee squares
9. Uncooked Dainties for Christmas
These are an easy no-bake cookie you can make fast. Keep gluten free oats and cocoa in your pantry and make them anytime.
Uncooked Dainties decorated with red and green sprinkles being guarded by a Christmas elf.

Edible Gifts From The Kitchen

10. Cappuccino Diamonds
If you like chocolate chip cookies, coffee and cinnamon these Cappuccino Cookies are for you! A bar cookie that must be cut while warm but you will be rewarded with lots of edge pieces to keep you going.
A tray of Cappuccino Cookies cut in diamond shapes decorated with shiny confetti stars.
11. Nanaimo Balls
You heard it right, that favourite Canadian treat, Nanaimo Bars, transformed into balls for the holiday season. It's a project and I suggest you make these with a friend and a bottle of wine.
Nanaimo Balls decorated with crushed candy canes.
12. Homemade Caramel Sauce
Homemade caramel sauce is super easy to make and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Smart cooks keep this recipe in their back pocket for the kind of last minute gift anyone would love to receive.
A jar of Homemade Caramel Sauce wrapped and labelled for a gift; beside a sauce boat with caramel sauce on a ladle dripping back into the dish
13. Homemade Lemon Curd
Homemade Lemon Curd has always been a favourite of mine. Smooth, luscious and lemony, both sweet and tart at the same time.
Little dishes of fresh berries topped with homemade lemon curd.
14. Hot and Spicy Mixed Nuts
These are delicious on their own, addictive with a glass of wine and an amazing addition to your next charcuterie board.
Hot and Spicy Mixed Nuts just out of the oven.

Desserts for a Holiday Buffet

Sometimes you can create a stunning presentation with little effort like serving Pomegranate Pear Guacamole in an oversized martini glass. Other times you just have to spend 15 minutes easily assembling something like my Smoked Salmon Pate with Belgian Endive for a drop dead gorgeous platter.

Then sometimes you just commit to several steps and plenty of time. Only you can say if it’s worth it but I thought both of these were worth it at the time when I made them.

15. Holiday Pavlova
Holiday Pavlova has a crisp meringue crust and a soft marshmallowy center. Adding red and green fruit will make this dessert sparkle on any holiday table.
A rectangular Holiday Pavlova filled with cream and fresh strawberries, raspberries and kiwi fruit.
16. Bourbon Caramel Pumpkin Tart with Salted Candied Pumpkin Seeds
An impressive holiday dessert that will not disappoint!
Bourbon Caramel Pumpkin Tart ready to serve.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Gluten Free Kitchen

Foodies incorporate food into everything! My friends and I love to give edible gifts or add something homemade to accompany a physical gift, recycled gift or even a gift card.

You don’t need a lot of kitchen tools to bake but having the right one for the right job turns a “chore” into a pleasure. Gluten free cooks could always use more pleasure in the kitchen!

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In the spirit of giving (and receiving) you’ll find gift ideas in these two posts plus my favourite resources here.

I’d love to hear in the comments below what your biggest challenge is with holiday baking.

Originally posted in 2019, updated November 2022.


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