24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes and a GF Gingerbread House Kit Giveaway

24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie recipes - BoulderLocavore.com

The holidays are upon us and while we are tempted with door-buster sales starting at 3 a.m., I turn my sights on special activities to countdown to Christmas.  There are many special traditions we hold in our family, one of which is a Countdown to Christmas box I picked up at a Hobby Store when my kids were very young.  It’s a miniature cabinet with a little drawer for each day in December.  Though I do put candy in the little drawers, I love to fill the box with notes about fun things to do.

As the kids have gotten older, our family life has become very busy.  The days of hopping in the car on a weeknight with hot cocoa in travel mugs to look at Christmas lights are now nearly impossible.  Between after school activities, homework and my high school freshman daughter being in the middle of her swim team season, I need to artfully plan activities for our countdown box as if I were coordinating the schedules of multiple Heads of State…..and keep the element of surprise!  Not a small feat.

Countdown to Christmas box | BoulderLocavore.com

A favorite December activity for us is baking cookies together.  It’s a bit easier to work into the schedule and usually can find time on the weekend to try a few recipes.  We love the classics, certainly the flavors of mint and cranberry are favorites but trying something new is something we do every year.

As soon as Thanksgiving passes I have an excitement about the season!  This year I thought it would be fun to have a countdown to Christmas with cookie recipes; all of which are gluten-free.  I’m sharing some favorites from Boulder Locavore, from other talented blogging colleagues and various sources around the web that have caught my fancy.

Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Kiss Cookies gluten-free | BoulderLocavore.com

Another fun family activity we’ve loved in years past is building gingerbread houses.  Fortunately they now come in kits as my only attempt at making one from scratch was an epic failure.  A girlfriend and I were taking a Psychology of Creativity Class in college and for our final project we were going to build a Gingerbread House (we were allowed to do anything for the project; the guy who presented after us played his cello in a stairwell).  Of course as will the planning of collegiates go, we did not look at the recipe until the night before it was due.  Generally it is a four day process so we were stuck.

Gluten-Free Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars. Recipe and photo credit: All Day I Dream About Food.
Gluten-Free Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars. Recipe and photo credit: All Day I Dream About Food.

Over a bit of jug wine we desperately churned about a replacement project until settling on doing a finger painting of our feeling when realizing we’d not be able to make the Gingerbread House after all.  As ridiculous as it sounds, we presented our plight in the most heartfelt delivery we could muster without laughing.  It was received by our classmates in earnest reflection, studying our ‘piece’ as though it were a Rorschach print.  Needless to say we got a good evaluation and were relieved our college did not have traditional grades.

Gingerbread house | BoulderLocavore.com

I thought it would be a fun culmination of the Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Countdown to facilitate a lucky Boulder Locavore reader building a Gingerbread House.  Not feeling sending blueprints and a jug of wine (and perhaps a finger painting kit) to a reader to try their hand, I’m giving away a Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit produced by A & J Bakery in Rhode Island which has a dedicated nut-free and gluten-free facility.  Their kits come with the six sides of the house and allergen free candy and figures to construct and decorate the house!  Ho, ho, ho!

Little Purple Present | BoulderLocavore.com

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Snowballs. Recipe and photo credit: Recipe Girl.
Gluten-Free Orange Almond Snowballs. Recipe and photo credit: Recipe Girl.

 24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie recipes

  1. Chewy GingerSnaps
  2. Christmas Joy Bombs 
  3. Buried Treasure Mint Brownies
  4. Gender-Neutral Gingerbread People
  5. Forgotten Cookies
  6. Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Kiss Cookies
  7. Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars  – low carb, gluten-free {All Day I Dream About Food}
  8. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies {Roxana’s Home Baking}
  9. Gluten-Free Orange Almond Snowballs {Recipe Girl}
  10. Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies {the Culinary Life}
  11. Cranberry Ginger Butter Cookies – low carb, gluten-free {All Day I Dream About Food}
  12. Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars {The Country Cleaver}
  13. Christmas Meringue Cookies {I Am Baker}
  14. Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies {Recipe Girl}
  15. Snowy Lemon Cookies {Gluten-Free Goddess}
  16. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Pecan Cookies   {Family Fresh Cooking}
  17. Italian Almond Cookies {David Lebovitz}
  18. Chocolate Cherry Biscotti {BuzzFeed Food}
  19. Springerle {BuzzFeed Food}
  20. Chocolate Snowballs {The Mommy Bowl }
  21. Irish Oatmeal Sandwich Cookie with Coffee filling {About.com}
  22. Gluten-Free Spritz Cookies {Amy Green-Good Morning American}
  23. Glazed Chai Shortbread {Land-O-Lakes}
  24. Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies {The Kitchn}


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Note:  This is not a sponsored post but my gift to kick off the holiday season!

Photography note: The Gingerbread House photo is from iStock and is not the Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit being given away in this post.


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