Our Best Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

You don't have to sacrifice fresh-baked treats because you're giving up gluten. Just make one of these gluten-free cookie recipes for a sweet pick-me-up!

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Our favorite gluten-free cookie recipes show off a huge range of flavors and textures—from thin and crispy to chewy and chunky, sturdy cookies you can dunk and fragile cookies that melt in your mouth. These recipes use many different gluten-free flours and baking techniques to achieve the perfect flavor and texture—no wheat flour required.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

With just three pantry ingredients and zero flour required, this recipe is perfect for anyone new to gluten-free baking. The recipe might seem too simple to work, yet it’s among our most popular and top-rated recipes, period.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our gluten-free version captures the best of this classic recipe. With a rich, buttery flavor and the perfect, slightly chewy texture, these cookies will vanish from the plate without anyone knowing they’re gluten-free. Use your favorite store-bought gluten-free flour mix.

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Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Sandy, tender shortbread cookies are popular for a reason. While our gluten-free recipe creates a simple butter cookie, you can make endless variations. Add baking spices to the dough, dip the baked cookies into melted chocolate, or make cutout cookies in your favorite shapes. If you want to try more recipes, then here’s our collection of the best gluten-free Christmas cookies.

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Both wholesome and satisfyingly sweet, our gluten-free oatmeal cookies are perfect for an after-school snack or part of a gluten-free lunch. Make sure to use oats that are certified gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These cocoa-rich cookies are made with two healthy gluten-free flours: protein-rich almond flour and paleo-friendly coconut flour. We love how the coating of powdered sugar crackles as the cookie rises while baking, making them a simple yet attractive addition to a holiday dessert plate.
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Gluten-Free Almond Crispies

These cookies are packed with almond flavor thanks to the addition of almond flour, almond extract and chopped almonds. A hint of maple syrup and cinnamon make them slightly autumnal. This recipe contains only whole grain brown rice flour along with the almond flour, making it a healthy option without refined starch.
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Gluten-Free Fig Cookies

Miss the classic packaged fig cookie? The homemade version is even better. The recipe is slightly complex but totally manageable, perfect for a weekend baking project. Plan ahead, as the figs need to soak overnight.
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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Rich with molasses and spices, gingerbread is one of the sturdiest cookies around, making it a snap to convert to gluten-free. Use any all-purpose gluten-free flour blend you like, including a homemade GF mix. Roll out the cookies with your favorite cutters, and try making an icing from scratch—it’s easier than you’d think!

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Mocha-Walnut Macarons

This classic French recipe is such a patisserie staple you might assume it contains gluten—but it doesn’t! Macarons are made from ground nuts gently folded into whipped eggs whites, yielding their distinctive texture and domed top.
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This crowd-pleasing recipe is a holiday staple, but it’s too tasty not to make all year. The rich, moist dough adapts well to gluten-free ingredients, and they’ll keep in the tin for several days. It’s a great recipe to make with kids: have them unwrap and press the Kisses.
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Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

What could be cozier than a plate of sugar cookies and a tall glass of milk? To achieve a chewy texture, this recipe calls for garbanzo bean flour, while tapioca and potato starches make a light, tender crumb. The addition of applesauce cleverly adds sweetness and moisture, ensuring the fragile GF cookies don’t dry out too quickly.
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

Canned pumpkin recipes are a staple in our kitchens come fall. These cake-y pumpkin cookies are packed with real pumpkin and topped with an easy homemade glaze that’s drizzled over the top after baking.

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Gluten-Free Snowballs

Another holiday favorite, buttery, nutty snowball cookies might be even more tender when made without gluten. The trick to making perfect snowballs is to chill the dough thoroughly before baking. After mixing the dough, the butter will soften quite a bit, and baking too soon will result in flat, spreading cookies. Chill for at least one hour (or longer, especially if your home is warm). To ensure success, you can add a second chill after shaping the cookies.
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Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti Cookies

These classic Italian cookies are naturally gluten-free! Instead of flour, the batter is made with whipped egg whites and almond flour. (Almond extract boosts that distinctive nutty flavor.) Make sure to beat your egg whites well, until soft peaks form, and fold in the dry ingredients gently, so as not to deflate the batter.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies

These bite-sized treats satisfy the biggest cake cravings. They’re rich with chocolate, walnuts and coffee, making them a more adult treat perfect for serving at parties or a book club. Note that the batter will be wetter than usual, actually resembling frosting.
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Citrus Almond Cookies

Citrus-zested recipes are a perfect pick-me-up during the winter months. Like other recipes on this list, these citrus almond cookies are actually made without any flour. Instead, either grind almonds or use a store-bought almond meal. (Purchased almond flour may be too dense for this recipe.)
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Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

You’ll only need four ingredients to make these chewy peanut butter cookies, and you should have most on hand: sugar, peanut butter, an egg and shredded coconut. The result is a healthy, filling cookie just right for an afternoon snack.
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Italian Orange-Fig Cookies

Almond fans, get excited! These delicately flavored cookies are packed with almond paste. You may use store-bought or make homemade almond paste. Apricots, figs and citrus combine for a floral flavor that pairs well with a cup of tea. Rare among gluten-free cookies, they’ll even keep well for weeks on the countertop.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Thumbprints

The secret ingredient in these thumbprint cookies? Nutella! While we love baking with Nutella, you can also swap your favorite jam or plain melted chocolate to fill the thumbprints.
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Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

These delicate cookies look and taste impressive, but they’re actually quite simple. They call for only four ingredients, mixed in a single bowl. Make sure to preheat the oven before you start mixing, so you can immediately portion and bake the dough before the egg whites deflate.
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Cinnamon Roll Macarons

Light, decadent macarons are a showstopping dessert that’s naturally gluten-free, as they’re made with almond flour and egg whites. This recipe calls for sandwiching the macarons with a fluffy cream cheese frosting, though you may also use the more traditional ganache or buttercream.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Bar cookies are a staple of potlucks, picnics and birthday parties. This recipe calls for just three ingredients to make a chewy bar that’s a cross between a peanut butter cookie and a granola bar. Make sure to use oats that are certified gluten-free; though oats are technically gluten-free, they’re often cross-contaminated during processing.
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Festive Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies look fancy, but they’re actually quite simple to make. The only trick? Whipping the egg whites well. Bring them up to room temperature first for the best results, and make sure to watch for glossy peaks.
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Cashew Butter Cookies

These rich, nutty cookies have a secret ingredient: flaxseed meal. Often used as an egg substitute, especially in vegan baking, flax meal works to bind ingredients together in baked goods. It also adds healthy fiber. Don’t worry, you won’t taste the flax; buttery cashews and maple syrup are the star flavors here.

Kelsey Dimberg
A former senior digital editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Chicago. Since 2010, she’s followed a gluten-free diet, and especially enjoys the challenge of baking sourdough bread and pizza dough. As a contributing writer for Taste of Home, she covers a broad range of topics but with a special emphasis on gluten-free cooking and baking. Outside of her gluten-free experiments in the kitchen, Kelsey is also the author of the thriller novel “Girl in the Rearview Mirror.”