The 9 Best Grain-Free Cookie Recipes and Other Holiday Treats

Grain-free cookies for the holidays.

Grain-free cookie recipes and treats that will even impress the most skeptical grain and gluten eaters!

For those who eat grain-free, the holidays can be a tough time. Whether you follow the paleo diet or have food sensitives, it doesn’t matter. It seems like there are cookies everywhere–at work, at home, and certainly at all those holiday get-togethers. It can seem like everyone is shoving cookies in your face!

What’s a grain-free eater to do? Make your own grain-free holiday treats, of course. Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with treats that you can feel good about eating.

Grain-Free Cookie Recipes and Holiday Treats

  1. Sunflower Oreo Cream Pies – This recipe calls for sunflower flour, which is nothing more than ground up sunflower seeds. If that doesn’t do it for you, there is also the option to use almond flour. These are also dairy-free as the cream filling is made with coconut milk.
  2. Paleo Thin Mints – One thing to miss by going grain-free are Girl Scout cookies. Make your own version of the class fave this season and satisfy your sweet tooth. The flour substitution in this recipe is a combination of almond flour and tapioca.
  3. No Bake Rum Balls – What’s better than cookies? Treats you don’t even need the oven for. These no-bake bites are all for rum (yum) and almond flour and coconut as the flour substitution.
  4. Candy Cane Cookies – Get festive and some peppermint flavored cookies made with arrowroot coconut flours. Coconut flour is slightly sweet so much less sweetener is needed.
  5. Gingerbread Cookie Bites – This gingery recipes calls for almond flour and chestnut flour. Chestnut flour is made from finely ground chestnuts and is a common ingredient found in Italian baking. If you cannot source chestnut flour, you can substitute arrowroot.
  6. Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes – In some households, it’s just not Christmas until the Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes are finished baking. And now you can a grain-free version, utilizing arrowroot and almond flour.
  7. Iced Sugar Cookies – Sometimes all you want is a simple sugar cookies. This iced version made with cassava flour will do the trick. Cassava flour comes from  the tuberous root of the yuca plant and is also known as tapioca or manioc.
  8. Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies – Thumbprint cookies are another popular holiday favorite. Make your own grain-free thumbprints with this recipe that calls for coconut and almond flour.
  9. Cassava Flour Brownies – Brownies are a crowd pleaser and this recipe, which calls for cassava flour, is the type of recipe that is sure to just about every chocolate lover, whether grain-free or not.

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Jen Wallace

Jen Wallace is a communications consultant and freelance writer who writes about everything from independent business tips to the modern history of the American hemline. Jen's passions and interests are varied and include a love for all things fermented, locavorism, cats, and community building among others.