Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, winter treats—whatever you want to call them, they used to be the perfect gift. Everyone loved getting a little tin of homemade cookies. Coworkers, friends, neighbors, even the mailman and doorman were delighted!

No longer. The culprit was nuts at first. Then gluten. Or Paleo. Suddenly cookies were unwelcome and rebuffed on every doorstep without careful screening of ingredients and allergens; plus, let’s be honest, who can keep track of which cousin can’t have Brazil nuts or that your office manager is gluten-free?!

To solve the problem of juggling allergies and intolerances, we’ve constructed the perfect roundup of allergen-friendly holiday cookie recipes to please everyone on your list.

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues

Gluten Free Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues


Meringues are naturally gluten-free because they contain no flour or grains of any kind, so these are the perfect option for your low-carb friends. If you’re worried about nut allergies, skip the nuts and add toffee! Get our Gluten-Free Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues recipe.

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Gluten-Free Almond Crinkle Cookies

Gluten Free Almond Crinkle Cookies recipe


Chewy on the inside, crinkly on the outside, and totally gluten-free. Plus they look so festive! Pro-tip: Make sure your powdered sugar is gluten-free, as some can have a gluten-based starch additive. Get our Gluten-Free Almond Crinkle Cookies recipe.

Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Cookies recipe

Joyful Healthy Eats

Peppermint is the undisputed holiday flavor, so naturally you’ll need this one in the mix. Get the Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Cookies recipe.

Mandelhörnchen (Chocolate-Dipped Marzipan Almond Horns)

Mandelhörnchen (Chocolate-Dipped Marzipan Almond Horns) recipe

The Daring Gourmet

Naturally gluten-free, these traditional German cookies use almond meal (or almond flour) in addition to marzipan. Get the Mandelhörnchen (Chocolate-Dipped Marzipan Almond Horns) recipe.

Gluten-Free Pistachio Citrus Bars

Gluten Free Pistachio Citrus Bars recipe


Admittedly, this is not the right cookie for people with nut allergies, but it is a sweet treat for those avoiding gluten since it uses tapioca starch and rice flour. To customize it, use any kind of citrus zest you’ve got, or get exotic: grapefruit, yuzu, lime—they’d all taste great! Get our Gluten-Free Pistachio Citrus Bars recipe.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe


Any friend or frenemy who has had to give up gluten invariably misses the cookie classics. This peanut butter cookie with hunks of chocolate will make their hearts grateful for your holiday baking. Get our Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe


The holy grail of cookies. If you’d like them to be a little more festive, they are fantastic as the exterior to an eggnog ice cream sandwich, or simply ice them with snowflakes and sleds! Many gluten-free baking recipes are OK, but not quiiiite as good as the original. Often, the gluten-free version of these cookies is tough, off tasting, or doesn’t bake properly, but this recipe is actually, truly, real-deal, cross-my-heart, THE tastiest gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. Get our Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten Free Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe

Gourmande in the Kitchen

Just the right amount of spice and chew balances this cookie’s sweetness. I genuinely believe that cookies like this were baked solely for late afternoons or evenings under a blanket, on the couch with something hot to drink, while reading or watching something lovely. Get the Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe.

Gluten-Free Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Gluten Free Mississippi Praline Macaroons recipe


They just souuuund decadent! Just in time for the fresh pecan crop, these are seasonal, gluten-free, and light as a feather! Get our Gluten-Free Mississippi Praline Macaroons recipe.

One-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Snowball Cookies

One-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Snowball Cookies recipe

Minimalist Baker

These gorgeous little morsels use shredded coconut, coconut oil, and maple syrup for treats that are vegan and gluten-free. They are tall and round because they are full of Santa’s secrets, or so I hear. Get the One-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Snowball Cookies recipe.

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Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She’s probably hungry, but if not she could eat.
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