Christmas is my favorite time of the year! We celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, bask in the joy and comfort of our families, cheerfully give gifts and deck our houses with lights and decorations.

And, let’s be honest, the majority of us pack on the pounds. How can we help it? There is too much good food and too many occasions where we sit down and eat large meals.

But perhaps the greatest offender of all this time of the year is the delicious Christmas cookies and desserts that we gorge ourselves on. I’m guilty of that as charged!

This year is a little different for me. This is the first Christmas season that I’ve been aware of my gluten intolerance. Feeling ill after eating is one sure way to avoid eating all these fatty foods to begin with! But … where’s the fun in that?

So, I set out to compile a list of gluten-free Christmas cookies and other dessert recipes to help others (and myself) get through the holidays with full bellies!

Choose by Category:

Frosted Sugar CookiesGingerbread CookiesTrufflesEggnog DessertsHolly/Wreath CookiesPeanut Butter BlossomsRum BallsSpritz CookiesChristmas FudgeBrownies and BlondiesToffee Squares and DessertsPeppermint DessertsCinnamon DessertsCranberry TreatsChocolate Peanut Butter BarsCaramel DelightsWalnut DessertsLemon SquaresChocolate CookiesPeanut Butter Cookies

The List:

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Delicious sugar cookies with a tasty frosted design, these have long been my favorite cookie of the season! The softer the better.

Gingerbread Cookies

Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies!? Well, I guess there are plenty of people out there who do not. But this cookie is synonymous with Christmas desserts!


Definitely a holiday and party classic, there are dozens of varieties of truffles out there for enthusiasts of all flavors.

Eggnog Desserts

Eggnog is one of those drinks I’d get sick of if I had it year round, but since it’s part of the Christmas season, I absolutely love indulging in it.

Holly/Wreath Cookies

If you like corn flakes and marshmallows, you’ll love these holiday treats, designed specifically for the Christmas season!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

You cannot give or receive a tray of Christmas cookies without spotting a few of these! Peanut butter flavor with a chocolate kiss — definitely a good combination.

Rum Balls

For the adult audience out there, a yummy confection of chocolate and rum. How can you go wrong?

Spritz Cookies

A classic, traditional buttery sugar cookie of German origin, this cookie is just enough to satisfy the appetite for a sugar rush, but not filling enough to spoil your appetite.

Christmas Fudge

My mouth waters at the mere mention of fudge! So rich and delicious, there are dozens of great choices. For the Christmas season, I have to say my fudge of choice is peppermint.

Brownies and Blondies

Not exactly limited to a Christmas dessert, brownies and blondies are a classic choice for the sugar craving. They can be given a special holiday flavoring to fit the season.

Toffee Squares and Desserts

I didn’t grow up much of a fan of toffee as a dessert, but it has really grown on me as an adult, and now, try keeping me away!

Peppermint Desserts

I’ve already mentioned my love of peppermint fudge, but the holiday taste isn’t just limited to that. There are plenty of opportunities to savor the flavor.

Cinnamon Cookies

Aside from Cinnamon Toast Crunch, rolls, and golden brown French toast, there’s no better use for cinnamon than in cookies!

Cranberry Treats

Tis the season for cranberries! I enjoy cranberries throughout the year, but it seems like from Thanksgiving through the new year, I can’t help but have extra servings of it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

There’s no better combination of ingredients than peanut butter and chocolate — sorry, peanut butter and jelly enthusiasts! So naturally, this would be a top choice to reach for on Christmas cookie trays.

Caramel Delights

I like caramel on sundaes and in my chocolates, but there are certainly other good uses for it!

Walnut Desserts

Whether it be because of allergies or personal preference, desserts with nuts are not for everybody. But I like my protein — I’m a guy, after all.

Lemon Squares

A classic, year-round dessert, these remain a tasty treat for lemon fans.

Chocolate Cookies

There’s a wide variety of different types of chocolate cookies to fill out your cookie trays.

Peanut Butter Cookies

For those who can’t get enough peanut butter, you’re in luck! There are plenty of desserts to choose from.