Do you get a stomachache after eating certain foods? It could be because many of your favorite foods are made with gluten.

Gluten sensitivity is more common than you think. 30% of Americans avoid gluten. There are several people like you who have switched over to the gluten-free lifestyle to eat their favorite foods without the side effects.

Are you craving cookies but are on a gluten-free diet? Check out these gluten-free cookie recipes!

What to Know About Making Gluten-Free Cookies

Before you make these cookies, you should know a couple of facts about making gluten-free cookies and other dishes.

First, just because you don’t eat gluten doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite foods. You can read a guide like The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide: How to Start a Gluten-Free Diet for more advice.

One of the challenges of baking without gluten is gluten makes your favorite food more delicious. With cookies, gluten makes your cookies sweet and yummy with that perfect crunchiness and gooeyness. Gluten also removes any odd tastes and textures that come with other gluten-free ingredients.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to gluten. These include gluten-free flour and egg yolks. You’ll also see xanthan gum in these recipes, which is a plant-based thickening agent that adds volume to gluten-free baked goods. Keep in mind, some gluten-free flour includes xanthan gum.

Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes You’ll Love

Don’t ignore your sweet tooth to avoid gluten! These cookie recipes are easy to make and are completely gluten-free.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you can make a gluten-free version of this classic cookie. The ingredients include:

  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 ¼ cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (we recommend 2 cups but use as much as you like)

Mix dry ingredients (xanthan, flour, salt, and baking soda) in a bowl and mix wet ingredients (cream cheese and melted butter) in a separate bowl using a mixer. Mix both sugars in the cream cheese bowl. In that same bowl, mix the egg yolks and vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture, mixing on low. Add the chocolate chips and mix by hand. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours, no longer than four days. Before you’re ready to bake, make sure you leave the bowl sit out and get at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Once the bowl is at room temperature, scoop out cookies and set on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Make sure you keep the cookies separated.

Bake 11-12 minutes. Cook longer for crunchier cookies and cook less for chewier cookies. Let cookies cool before eating.

Lemon Cookies

These cookies are sweet with a bright lemon flavor, perfect for the summer!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • Confectioner’s sugar for coating

Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. As an alternative, you can spray the baking sheet.

Mix the xanthan gum, flour, baking soda, cornstarch, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Mix in the eggs, butter, and lemon juice.

Scoop out dough and cover in confectioner’s sugar. Place on a baking sheet, keeping cookies separated. Place baking sheet in the oven but decrease the temperature to 350. Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are some of the most versatile cookies. From here, you can add any icing and toppings you want!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lukewarm water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in butter and knead with hands. Add the lukewarm water and add more if the dough is still dry.

When soft, form the dough into a cylinder and wrap it with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. When chilled, cut into small squares and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool for at least five minutes.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These are the perfect cookies for fall. They’re packed with lots of flavor and you can add dried fruit or nuts to make them even more scrumptious.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg (plus 1 egg yolk)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Any additions you want (we recommend dry fruit, nuts, and/ or chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. You can also spray the cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. If you’re including additions, add them at this time. Mix until well-combined and evenly distributed.

Scoop out dough and place on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your fingertips.

Bake for 14 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

Can’t get enough chocolate? If so, you’ll love this gluten-free chocolate cookie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (chopped)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar for coating

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. As an alternative, you can spray the sheet.

In a microwaveable bowl, melt chocolate and butter in the microwave. Microwave 30 seconds or until fully melted. Set aside to let cool.

In a separate bowl, mix the xanthan gum, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Add the butter and chocolate mixture. Add vanilla and eggs. Mix into well-combined.

Scoop up the dough, cover in confectioner’s sugar, and lay on a baking sheet. Make sure to keep dough separated.

Bake for 12 minutes. Allow cooling completely.

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