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These 10 Holiday-Ready Cookies Are Also Gluten-Free — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If you follow a gluten-free diet, you may find it difficult to indulge in all the upcoming holiday cookie plates as much as you’d like. Not anymore! These days, there are plenty of delicious and festive gluten-free cookie recipes out there to build you own plate. Here are 10 of our favorites.

1. Gluten-Free Cut-Out Cookies

A simple homemade gluten-free flour mix is the key to these soft and tender cookies. Flavoring the dough with a bit of fresh citrus zest along with vanilla extract also means they’re as tasty iced as they are left plain and simple.

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2. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

These cookies taste like banana bread and coconut macaroons joined forces and brought chocolate along for the fun. They are that good. They also happen to be gluten-free, vegan, and pretty darn wholesome since the banana does most of the sweetening and acts as an egg and fat replacement.

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3. The World’s Easiest Cookies

These cookies absolutely deliver on being their name. They require just four ingredients, most of which you may already have in your pantry if you follow a gluten-free diet, and always wow with their intense vanilla flavor.

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4. Chewy Almond Spice Cookies

These cookies are reminiscent of peanut butter cookies in texture but deliver a wallop of warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove goodness. The almond flour ensures they’ll also stay extra soft and moist.

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5. Itty Bitty Brownie Bites

These two-bite treats get their tenderness from almond flour and are mess-free since they are a one-bowl affair.

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6. Dorie Greenspan’s Coconut Patties

The zest of two limes gives these cookies a margarita-like flavor, which is fun, but there is plenty of room for experimentation. Swap in lemon or orange zest, if you like, or try almond extract instead of vanilla.

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7. Pistachio Rose Clouds

These pretty pink meringues are enough of a showstopper to be displayed all on their own. Finishing them with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios and rose petals makes them especially festive.

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8. Gluten-Free Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

These cherry- and walnut-flecked oatmeal cookies freeze well, which is always useful for the holidays. Just freeze unbaked mounds of dough on baking sheets until firm and then transfer them to an airtight container. You can bake the mounds straight from frozen — they just may need an extra minute or two in the oven.

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9. Coconut Snowballs

What makes these treats especially great is that they don’t require any baking. While your oven is full with other cookies, you can quickly shape and refrigerate these without fuss.

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10. How To Make Vegan Meringue Cookies

Not only are these pretty meringue cookies gluten-free, but they also happen to be vegan, thanks to the use of aquafaba — the leftover liquid in a can of chickpeas — in place of egg whites.

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