Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

Substitutes and Creative Adaptations Yield Delicious Results

A gluten-free diet no longer means restricting cakes, cookies, and other batter- and dough-based treats. A variety of wheat-flour substitutes and creative recipe adaptations put cookies in the hands of people following gluten-free diets for health reasons. Choose from recipes ranging from simple to sublime the next time you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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    Gluten-Free Sesame Crisp Cookie Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Sesame Crisp Cookies. 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

    These sweet and crisp sesame cookies taste delicious but keep things light with only a little bit of flour and butter called for in the recipe. And the toasted sesame seeds add a welcome boost of nutrition along with their distinctive flavor.

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    Gluten-Free Giant Lemon Ginger Crisp Cookies Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Giant Lemon Ginger Crisp Cookies. © 2014 Teri Lee Gruss

    Gorgeous and delicious, these giant gluten-free lemon ginger cookies contain plenty of freshly grated lemon zest, finely chopped candied ginger, sugar, and butter for a flavor explosion that tastes like summer sunshine.

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    Gluten Free Chocolate Walnut Truffle Cookie Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Image 2012 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

    Brownie lovers rejoice: this recipe for gluten-free chocolate walnut truffle cookies delivers a dense, chocolatey bite. And here's something else to love: It contains just 6 tablespoons of all-purpose gluten-free flour but yields two dozen cookies.

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    Spice-cake lovers must try this soft cinnamon-glazed pumpkin cookie. Enjoy one mid-afternoon with a cup of tea, or pack a couple in a school or work lunchbox. The recipe adapts for both gluten- and dairy- free versions with a few easy substitutions.

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    This simple recipe calls for basic ingredients found in most home refrigerators and pantries, a real plus when you crave a classic cookie with minimal fuss.

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    Almond paste anchors this recipe (look for a gluten-free brand as some contain gluten as a thickener). These sturdy, crunchy little Italian almond cookies love to travel. Adorn them with Spanish Marcona almonds, a softer, sweeter variety with a more buttery texture than the woody California ones.

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    Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie Recipe
    Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie. 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

    There's something extra-special when chocolate and mint meld inside a buttery homemade cookie. This gluten-free recipe builds on the classic Nestle Toll House cookie recipe, but starts with naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour. If you prefer a classic chocolate chip cookie, replace the mint extract with vanilla.

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    This recipe produces a sturdy cookie with big molasses flavor, perfect for lunch boxes or travel snacks. Include guar or xanthan gum if your flour blend does not already contain it. A small ice-cream scoop makes it easy to portion the dough for evenly sized cookies.

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    This cookie uses freshly ground gluten-free oat flour, which you can buy or prepare at home. Be sure to source gluten-free oats, though. Do yourself a favor and make a double batch of dough; refrigerate or freeze the extra for convenient gluten-free cookies anytime.

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    Take advantage of the fun cookie cutters on the market and use this cookie recipe year-round to make homemade gluten-free cookies for special occasions and special people.Make them even more festive with colored icing and confetti-like sprinkles.