Ladies and Gentlemen, do you love cookies but can’t enjoy them because of gluten allergies? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! As a nutritionist and food blogger, one of my missions is to bring culinary joy to everyone, including those who cannot consume gluten. That’s why I have created this Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies Recipe just for you.
With the holiday season already here, what’s better than baking some gluten-free cookies that meet your dietary restrictions while also being delectable? This recipe is perfect for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or just anyone looking to avoid gluten to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Using alternative flours like almond flour and cornstarch, xanthan gum and other gluten-free ingredients, rest assured that you’ll still relish every bite of these Free Christmas Cookies without compromising on taste.
In this recipe article, I will be guiding you through every single step of making perfect soft, chewy and tasty Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles and even Peanut Butter Blossoms. You won’t miss a single moment of holiday cheer as you bake these scrumptious delicacies.
Make sure you follow along closely so that we can make some delightful Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies that are free from any allergens and perfect for fulfilling every sweet craving during the festive season. So put on your apron, preheat your oven and get ready to bake some delicious cookies because after all “Christmas is always in the air with cookies baking everywhere.”
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you tired of sacrificing taste for a gluten-free option? Look no further! Our Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing flavour.
These cookies are perfect for the holiday season, whether it be for a family gathering or a gift to your neighbours. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are also dairy-free and vegan-friendly, making them inclusive for all dietary needs.
Our recipe includes ingredients such as almond flour and xanthan gum to provide a soft and chewy texture that will leave you wanting more. The addition of cornstarch provides a light and airy feel to the cookie, while our confectioners’ sugar gives it the right amount of sweetness.
The possibilities with this cookie recipe are endless. You can choose to keep it simple with sugar cookies or take it up a notch with gingerbread cookies or even chocolate chip cookies. Impress your guests with our delicious and decadent thumbprint cookies or chocolate crinkles.
You don’t have to sacrifice taste for a gluten-free option anymore – our Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies will have you coming back for more. So why settle for boring and bland options when you can indulge in these delicious treats packed with flavour?
Before we begin, let’s take a look at the Ingredient List. You’ll need:
- 2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Optional mix-ins: chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit.
All ingredients are gluten-free and easily accessible at your local grocery store. In addition, most of them are probably already in your pantry. Don’t forget to check the labels on your ingredients to make sure they are free from any allergens or contaminants if you have specific dietary requirements.
The Recipe How-To
Now, it’s time to learn the step-by-step process of making these delicious Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies Recipe. Follow these instructions carefully to make sure that you get the best results:
- 2 cups of gluten-free flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 and ½ cups of confectioners’ sugar
- 5 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons of milk
Before starting, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, sift the gluten-free flour and mix it with baking powder, cornstarch, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter with confectioners’ sugar using an electric mixer.
Add the egg and milk to the creamed butter mixture while continuing to beat.
Slowly add the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture while beating on low speed.
Once all ingredients are mixed well, scrape down the sides using a spatula to ensure everything is fully incorporated.
Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, form cookie balls out of the dough onto a lined baking sheet. Leave enough space between each cookie ball to avoid overcrowding during baking.
Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown around the edges.
Once done, ensure cookies cool on the sheet for some time then transfer them onto a wire rack for cooling completely.
That’s all there is to it! Now you have about two dozen Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies that are chewy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
Oftentimes, it can be difficult to find all of the necessary ingredients for a specific recipe. Luckily, with this Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies Recipe, there are several substitutions and variations available that still produce delectable results.
Firstly, for those who do not have cornstarch available, you can replace it with arrowroot powder or tapioca starch. Similarly, if you cannot find confectioners’ sugar, simply blend granulated sugar until fine to produce a suitable substitute.
For those with dairy allergies or intolerances, butter can be replaced with dairy-free spreads or margarine made with vegan ingredients. Almond flour can also be used as a dairy-free substitute for traditional flour.
Additionally, chocolate chip cookies can be switched up by using white chocolate chips instead of milk or dark chocolate. Alternatively, add chopped nuts to the dough mixture for added texture and flavor.
Gingerbread cookies are a classic holiday favorite that can also be made by substituting some of the flour with baking mix or almond flour. Switch things up in classic peanut butter blossoms by using Hershey Kisses in place of regular chocolates or by adding jam to the indentations for a unique, fruity twist.
Don’t feel limited by the original recipe – there are plenty of ways to personalize your cookies and make them your own!
Serving and Pairing
There’s nothing like the taste of a freshly baked gluten-free Christmas cookie, and these delicious treats are no exception. Whether you’re looking for a sweet snack to share with friends and family or for a tasty treat to indulge in on your own, these cookies are the perfect choice.
Serve them up at your holiday party, with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire, or even give them as gifts wrapped in festive paper and ribbon. They’re sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them.
But what about pairing them with other foods? While cookies can certainly stand on their own, there are a few pairings that can take your cookie experience to the next level. Try pairing the gingerbread cookies with a warm spiced tea or cider. The chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies go great with a glass of cold almond milk. And if you’re feeling fancy, try pairing the French macarons with a glass of dry champagne.
No matter how you choose to enjoy your gluten-free Christmas cookies, it’s important to remember that moderation is key. While these treats are made with healthy ingredients like almond flour and dairy-free butter, they still contain sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
So go ahead and satisfy your sweet tooth with these delectable treats, but don’t forget to pair them with other flavors for an even more heavenly experience.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As Christmas draws near, it’s only natural to want to make your upcoming holiday as stress-free as possible. One way to achieve this is by making these gluten-free Christmas cookies ahead of time. Luckily, these cookies are the perfect choice for prepping in advance. Once they’re completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days without fear of them going stale or losing their texture.
If you want your Christmas cookies ready to serve the moment guests arrive, you can prepare and bake the dough up to a week prior and just freeze them. After baking, wrap each cookie individually in plastic wrap and place them all in a sealed freezer-safe bag or container.
Another option is reheating them before serving. Simply pop them into an oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes until they’re warm and slightly gooey once more. However, be sure to avoid reheating them in the microwave as it might cause the texture and taste of the cookies to change drastically.
With these tips, you can enjoy delicious gluten-free Christmas cookies without any stress or hassle!
Tips for Perfect Results
In addition to following the recipe carefully, there are some tips and tricks that will help guarantee perfect results every time you make these Gluten Free Christmas Cookies. Here are my recommendations:
Firstly, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This will ensure that they combine evenly and create a smooth batter or dough.
When measuring the gluten-free flour and other dry ingredients, use a spoon to loosen them in their containers. Then, spoon them into your measuring cup before leveling them off with a knife. This will prevent your flour from becoming compacted and adding too much to your recipe.
If you’re making rolled cookies (such as gingerbread cookies), consider placing the dough in the fridge for an hour or so before rolling it out. This will make the dough easier to work with and help prevent sticking.
For best results with chocolate chip cookies, use high-quality chocolate and chop it into small pieces yourself. Store-bought chocolate chips often contain additives that can affect the texture and taste of your cookies.
For soft, chewy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, cream the butter and sugar together for at least 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. This helps to create a softer texture.
Finally, don’t overbake your cookies! It’s easy to do with gluten-free recipes, as they can be more delicate than traditional baking recipes. To avoid overbaking, remove cookies from the oven as soon as they begin to turn golden brown around the edges – they should still be slightly soft to the touch in the middle.
With these tips and tricks, you’re sure to get perfectly delicious results with every batch of Gluten Free Christmas Cookies you bake!
In conclusion, this Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies recipe is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enjoy the holiday season without any dietary restrictions. The ingredients used in the recipe are all organic, gluten-free and dairy-free which makes it healthy and perfect for those with lactose intolerance or gluten sensitivity.
What’s more, this recipe is versatile enough to allow you to make different types of cookies like Gingerbread Cookies or Chocolate Crinkles that suit your preferences. Plus, it also provides you with helpful tips and tricks to help you achieve soft and chewy cookies or crispy ones according to your preference.
So this holiday season, ditch the traditional cookie recipes laden with gluten and dairy! Whip up a batch of these Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies instead and satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your health in check.
Gluten Free Christmas Cookies Recipe
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup rice flour
- Sift cornstarch, rice flour, and sugar together in a bowl.
- Add butter and mix all the ingredients together until you form a soft dough.
- Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and lay out on greased cookie sheet.
- Flatten cookies slightly with a fork.
- Roll in red and green sprinkles or a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Bake at 300 for 20-25 minute or until golden.