13 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 Cookies

    Gluten-free sesame crisp cookie

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    These sweet and crisp sesame cookies taste delicious but keep things light by calling for only a little bit of flour and butter. 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

    Gluten-free giant lemon ginger crisp cookies

    The Spruce / 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 Cookies

    Gluten-free chocolate walnut truffle cookie

    The Spruce / 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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    Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

    Glazed pumpkin 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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    Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Grain-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    Almond flour takes the place of all-purpose, making for a thin and crispy cookie with a slightly chew texture. Make sure to space out the dough as these cookies tend to spread a lot while baking.

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    Gluten-Free Vanilla Wafers

    vanilla wafers

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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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    Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

    Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These tender keto peanut butter cookies don't require flour of any kind, making them grain-free. A simple mixture of peanut butter, coconut, and eggs makes up the base of the dough. They're sugar-free and dairy-free, too.

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    Flourless Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookies

    Gluten-free amaretti cookies

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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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  • 09 of 13

    Gluten-Free / Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Gluten-free chocolate mint chip cookie recipe

    The Spruce / 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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    Gluten-Free Molasses Ginger Cookies

    Gluten-free molasses and ginger cookies on a serving plate

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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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    Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut and Oatmeal Cookies

    Gluten-free toasted coconut oatemeal 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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    Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Cookies

    Gluten-free coconut flour cookies

     The Spruce / Jessie Sheehan

    These gluten-free coconut flour cookies are made with G-F flour, sweetened shredded coconut, and roughly chopped chocolate for a taste sensation that satisfies the urge for something sweet that won't mess with wheat sensitivities.

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    Gluten-Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

    Gluten-free pink frosted cut-out sugar cookies

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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.