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Friday, December 13, 2013

8 Awesome Gluten Free Cookies for Holiday Swapping

In anticipation of the 3rd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, we asked some friends to share their favorite cookie recipes. This roundup comes from Melissa Massello of Shoestring Magazine.

Holidays can be hard if you're gluten free. Thankfully, our pal Melissa has had a year to practice and perfect the wheat-free life and has come up with 8 awesome alternatives to conventional cookie recipes:

 1. GF, Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat2Run
Still have leftover cans of pumpkin sitting around in your pantry post-Thanksgiving? Put them to work in these yummy cinnamon-spiced, chocolate-infused, gluten-free pumpkin drop cookies. Apparently they're also good for you!

2. GF, Vegan Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from La Casa de Sweets on The Pretty Bee
If you follow Tara and I on DIY Boston, then you know how obsessed I am with cranberries this year, but they're also a New England holiday classic.  While this recipe calls for oat flour, I find that Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour works pretty well in almost any recipe needing 2 cups or less of flour.

3. GF Quinoa Coconut Cookies from GMO Free Girl
Drooling…right, writing. These soft drop cookies combine shredded coconut and soft cooked quinoa with drizzles of dark chocolate, sort of like a macaroon but lower in sugar and gluten free. YUMMO.

4. Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies (Egg, Grain, Gluten & Dairy Free) from The Urban Poser
St. Nick came early this year with this recipe for a classic Christmas favorite that really can meet ALL of the dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegan, and dairy free, perfect for Paleo friends or those of us just lucky enough to get multiple food allergies.

5. Gluten Free Thin Mints from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Oh yes, you will win prizes and many, many new friends if you make these gluten-free alternatives to everyone's favorite Girl Scout Cookie. They're a little more involved than other cookies (baking + dipping in chocolate), so take note if you're planning on making 8+ dozen, but definitely will be a total crowd pleaser.

6. Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bites from Undressed Skeleton
Who says Christmas cookies have to be cookies? I love how the green of the pepitas (or pistachios) and the reds of the dried fruits make these gluten-free dark chocolate drops seasonal, timeless AND healthy, yet super yummy.

7. Gluten-Free Lemon Chia Cookies from My Darling Lemon Thyme
Chia is the new healthy culinary hotness, and I love how this recipe uses them like you would in a traditional lemon poppyseed baked good. Again, this recipe calls for brown rice flour, but you could easily swap out for Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour (it's only 1/3 of a cup), and the almond meal is easy to make from scratch using whole almonds and your food processor. Bonus: these cookies are also dairy free!

8. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter & Nutella Sugar Cookies from Shoestring
Last, but IMHO not least, these super easy, super quick, and super cheap drop sugar cookies take the classic peanut butter cookie, remove the flour, and add Nutella. I've now made them at least two dozen times to nothing but rave reviews from even my non-glutarded friends and family.

Thanks, Melissa!

(Images: as credited above)

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