Allergy-Friendly Christmas Cookies

Meyer Lemon Almond Biscotti via Queen of Quinoa for the Balanced Platter

Today’s the big day. You’ve probably been cooking for days, preparing a gourmet meal for your loved ones. It’s a lot of work I know, but in the end, it’s totally worth it.

But you know from experience, cooking for people with food allergies can make the whole day even tougher. With my family, and how we eat at Christmas (picture a HUGE Italian feast), it’s easier for me to just bring my own main course options. And for me, that works because my contribution is dessert.

Honey Sweetened Cut Out Cookies via Queen of Quinoa for the Balanced Platter

This year I’ll be bringing a big plate of cookies. A variety of kinds, all gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, of course. As I was dreaming up my smorgasbord of Christmas Cookies, I realized how many of you have different allergies than me. I know it might be a little late, since it is Christmas today and all, but if you’re still searching for an allergy-friendly treat, I have the list for you.

Organized by allergy type, each one of these recipes on this list is totally gluten-free and delicious.

Happy Baking!


Refined Sugar-Free 

Meyer Lemon & Almond Biscotti – from Queen of Quinoa (DF, SF)

Fig-Filled Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies – from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Frosted Sugar Cookies – from She Let Them Eat Cake (V, NF)

Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Balls – from Anja’s Food 4 Thought (EF)

Ginger Spiced Banana Almond Cookies – from Vegan Richa (V)

Chewy Chocolate Cookies – from Eating with Purpose (DF, SF)

Raspberry Linzer Cookies - from Healthful Pursuit (Grain-Free)



Grain-Free Vanilla Cookies – from Anja’s Food 4 Thought (SF)

Slice and Bake Cookies – from Deliciously Organic (SF)

Chocolate Thin Mints – from The Wannabe Chef

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – from Edible Perspective (DF)

Triple Almond Cherry Cookies - from Fueling Endurance Performance (DF, SF)

Fresh Mint Double Chocolate Cookies – from Texanerin Baking (DF, SF)

Cherry Marzipan Cookies – from Kumquat (SF)



Oreo Cookies with Coconut Sugar Filling – from The Fit Cookie (SF, NF)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies - from Running to the Kitchen (SF, Grain-Free)

Snowball Cookies – from And Love it Too (SF)

Spiced Chili Chocolate Cookies – from Sensual Appeal (SF, Grain-Free, NF)

Almond Shortbread Cookies – from The Mommy Bowl (SF, Grain-Free)


Egg-Free (not vegan)

Chewy Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies – from Lexie’s Kitchen (SF option, NF option)

Allergy Free Rolled Sugar Cookies – from Cybele Pascal (DF, EF)

Snickerdoodle Cookies – from The Urban Poser (DF, SF)

Cinnamon Icebox Shortbread Cookies – from Cook It Allergy Free

Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies – from Texanerin Baking (SF, DF)

Sugar & Spritz Cookies – from Lexie’s Kitchen (SF, NF)



Coconut Quinoa Macaroons – from Queen of Quinoa (DF, SF)

Chocolate Frosted Coconut Cookies – from The Spunky Coconut (DF, SF, Grain-Free, V)

Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies – from Simply Gluten-Free

Black Bean Chocolate Cookies with Toasted Coconut – from Drum Beets

Chocolate Chip Meringues – from Tasty Eats at Home



Alyssa Rimmer is the author of Baking with Quinoa – an e-cookbook which features 25 mouthwatering recipes, all free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar! Alyssa is also the quino-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. Connect with her on Google+FacebookTwitterPinterest and make sure to sign up for her emailsso you can get 20% off her book, Baking with Quinoa. 

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