I don’t know about you, but having celiac (or being a glutard, as my family lovingly calls it) makes me feel really left out of all those totally delicious and epic holiday cookie exchange parties. I’ve been to a few, and invited to more, but honestly I don’t even go any more because it’s just so dang depressing to go to a cookie party and not be able to eat ANYTHING. Solution: 12 days of paleo Christmas cookies coming right atcha!
Sure, I could make my own batch and bring them, but even though everyone else gets to enjoy the cookies I make, I can’t eat any of theirs. Which is a total bummer and I kind of feel like an a**hole for turning down what other people make, even though it’s for a legitimate health reason. Or I just get pity loaded on me “oh I’m so sorry you can’t eat these cookies!” Like YEAH ME TOO but it’s not worth a trip to the hospital and feeling like sh*tballs for days or weeks afterwards just to eat one dang cookie.
Back in the day, BG (before glutard, if you will), my best friend Daniela, my brother, and one of our neighbors/besties Catherine would get together every year and do a totally epic Christmas cookie baking saga. We’re talking like 6 Christmas cookie recipes in one day, including sugar cookies – and you know how long those take to rest in the fridge, plus baking, cooling, and decorating them…sometimes we’d start in the afternoon and be decorating after midnight. While watching Harry Potter, obviously.
I MISS THOSE TIMES.
Solution: have a gluten-free / paleo paleo holiday cookie swap. Who wants in? Seriously though. How fun would that be? Now I’ve just got to find a few friends who would actually do it with me, who actually know how to do some good gluten-free baking (which, I have to admit, I haven’t really totally figured out myself)…
For now, let’s just make ourselves feel better with these 12 different paleo holiday cookie / treat recipes for the 12 days of paleo Christmas cookies! If you actually make one of these for each of the 12 days of Christmas (which, if we’re being honest, I don’t even know where that came from besides the song), props to you my friend!
Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Against All Grain
Hands down one of the best two paleo chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had (the other one is below!) If you’re having any trouble with these, check out Danielle’s troubleshooting guide or youtube video on how to make them!
Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms | Real Food with Dana
Arguably my favorite cookie OF ALL TIME. Yeah, you read that right. Because peanut butter (or sunbutter, in this case) is the best combination of all time. Fact. Especially when there’s dark chocolate and sea salt involved.
Sugar Cookies | A Girl Worth Saving
Sugar / cutout cookie making is SUCH a process, but so fun and worth it every time!
Paleo & Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles | Bakerita
Would it really be the holidays without some delicious snickerdoodles? No way!
Paleo Gingersnaps | Primal Palate
Same as the Snickerdoodles, it wouldn’t really be the holidays without some delicious gingersnaps. Plus, my friends like to call me hint of ginger, so you know…I can’t resist these cookies!
Butter Walnut Shortbread Blondies | Real Food with Dana
These were *supposed* to be cookies. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out how to make them actually come out in cookie form – but they worked as blondies! For the win. because they are based on my grandmother’s recipe that we would make every single year and they are freaking DELICIOUS.
I love using the Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour blend for this recipe in place of the 1-for-1 gluten-free baking flour!
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cashew Flour | Real Food with Dana
You know, just in case you wanted TWO different kinds of chocolate chip cookies…because who can say no to chocolate chip cookies??
Healthy Paleo Buckeyes | Jay’s Baking me Crazy
Again. Peanut butter and chocolate, you RULE.
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies | Bakerita
We make these every year at our family friend’s cookie exchange party, but I haven’t been able to eat them UNTIL THIS YEAR when I could finally bring this Paleo version!
Paleo No Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Paleo Running Momma
Oatmeal cookies used to be my all-time favorite, and I was actually known for my oatmeal cookie recipe (from the King Arthur Baking Companion…) until this whole gluten thing happened and I went off all grains for a really long time. Luckily I don’t have to miss out anymore because here’s a delicious paleo version!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies | 40 Aprons
These weren’t a staple in my family, but I went to so many Christmas parties that had these chocolate crinkle cookies and I’ve loved them ever since!
Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting | Fit Foodie Finds
Um, hello. Hot chocolate in a cookie? With vanilla bean frosting that reminds of of marshmallows? I’m down.
No-Bake Almond Joy Bites | Real Food with Dana
Okay so…technically this makes 13 cookie recipes. But I couldn’t do a cookie recipe roundup without including these which are a reader favorite!! So let’s make it a baker’s dozen 🙂
Bonus: Apple Chaider + Paleo Gingerbread Marshmallows | Real Food with Dana
you know, in case you need to wash all those sweets down with something totally warming and delicious.