Gluten Free Cookies: Our Favorite Packaged Versions & Recipes

Gluten Free Cookies: Our Favorite Packaged Versions & Recipes

Everything you need to know about gluten free cookies, from the best brands to recipes you'll love.

Nothing is more satisfying than biting into a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Of course, if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you may not even remember the last time you had a cookie. Being gluten free certainly makes things a bit more challenging when it comes to baked goods like cookies, but there is no reason you can’t still enjoy the occasional indulgence.

In this article, you’ll find a collection of the top packaged gluten free cookie brands, our favorite gluten free cookie doughs/mixes, and recipes for gluten free cookies you can make yourself at home.

The 10 Best Packaged Gluten Free Cookie Brands

When buying gluten free cookies, it is important to double-check the ingredients list. You also need to remember that just because a product isn’t made with any gluten-containing ingredients, it is not guaranteed gluten free. When buying packaged cookies, we highly recommend looking for ones labeled “certified gluten free” (like ours). Cookies in particularly are likely to be processed on shared equipment with products containing wheat flour, oats, and other ingredients that have a risk for cross-contamination.

If you want to try some gluten free cookies for yourself, here are a couple of brands that offer safe and delicious gluten free options:

  1. Schar Gluten Free – We may be a bit biased but our brand of cookies are absolutely delicious. We offer the widest variety of gluten free boxed cookies and wafers too. This includes butter cookies, honeygrams, cocoa wafers, ladyfingers, shortbread cookies, and more.
  2. Archway – Known for their classic and sugar-free cookie flavors, Archway also offers an assortment of gluten free cookies including sugar cookies.
  3. Enjoy Life – This brand offers an assortment of soft-baked and crunchy cookies, all made with clean ingredients in dedicated allergen free facilities.
  4. Glutino – An all-gluten-free brand, Glutino sells a variety of gluten free snacks and treats including chocolate chip cookies and both chocolate and vanilla crème cookies.
  5. Homefree – Choose from a variety of cookies that are gluten free, certified vegan, and non-GMO, made in a bakery kept free from common allergens.
  6. KinniKinnick – In addition to snack crackers and animal cookies, this brand offers gluten free chocolate chip cookies, sandwich cookies, and vanilla wafers.
  7. Lucy’s – Sold by Westminster Bakers Co., Lucy’s gluten free cookies come in over a dozen flavors including chocolate chip, chocolate merry mint, and cinnamon.
  8. Pamela’s – An all-gluten-free brand, Pamela’s offers traditional cookies, crispy cookies, and mini cookies for every flavor and preference.
  9. Tate’s Bake Shop – If you love thin and crispy cookies, Tate’s Bake Shop offers a variety of flavors including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and double chocolate chip.
  10. Trader Joe’s – In addition to being a well-loved grocery store, Trader Joe’s is also very allergen-friendly and offers their own brand of cookies including ginger snaps.

More interested in making your own gluten free cookies? Read below to find out which gluten free cookie doughs and mixes are our favorites.

Gluten Free Cookie Dough and Mixes

Being able to grab a box of gluten free cookies from your pantry is great, but sometimes you just want to bite into a warm, freshly baked cookie instead. If you’re not much of a baker, you may think that this option is off the table. You’ll be glad to know, then, that there are plenty of gluten free cookie doughs and cookie dough mixes that make it easy to whip up a batch of fresh cookies at home.

Here are 10 of the best gluten free cookie doughs and mixes on the market:

  1. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix – Made with rice flour and potato starch, this sugar cookie mix is free from gluten-containing ingredients.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – For irresistible chocolate chip cookies with that traditional taste, this gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix.
  3. Cappello’s Gluten Free Cookie Dough – Available in chocolate chip and double chocolate, these 12-ounce cookie dough rolls are grain-free, gluten free, and vegan.
  4. EatPastry Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Both vegan and certified gluten free, this cookie dough can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
  5. Jules Gluten Free Cookie Mix – Just add butter, shortening, eggs, and chocolate chips to this gluten free cookie mix or choose your own mix-ins for a customized cookie.
  6. King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cookie Mix – This cookie mix comes in a 1-pound box and you can use it to make about 2 dozen plain cookies or add your choice of chips, nuts, or fruit.
  7. Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough – Already separated into rounds, this cookie dough is gluten free and loaded with dairy free chocolate chunks.
  8. Pamela’s Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix – Whip up a batch of roll-and-cut sugar cookies with this gluten free cookie mix from Pamela’s, an entirely gluten free brand.
  9. Raised Gluten Free Cookie Dough – This dough offers an allergy-friendly option in three gluten free flavors – chocolate chip, double fudge chocolate, and cranberry orange zest.  
  10. Sweet Loren’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough – Packed with vegan chocolate chunks, this cookie dough can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Whether you’re preparing a quick batch for a school bake sale or satisfying a craving, having some gluten free cookie dough or cookie mix on hand is great.

When you want to take things up a notch, however, try making gluten free cookies from scratch with the homemade recipes below.

Our 5 Favorite Gluten Free Cookie Recipes

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose gluten free flour blend
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the gluten free all-purpose flour blend, almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the bowl and let rest for 30 minutes then scoop onto the baking sheets, using about 2 tablespoons per cookie.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are browned and the center set.

2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Yield: about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups toasted macadamia nuts (whole)
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose gluten free flour blend
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Chop ½ cup of macadamia nuts and set aside then add the rest to a food processor with 2 tablespoons of the butter (melted).
  3. Blend into a paste then set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the remaining butter and the sugars, eggs, and vanilla until it is light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the macadamia nut paste then set aside.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, baking soda, and salt then stir in the chopped macadamia nuts.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined then stir in the white chocolate chips.
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto the baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the edges are browned and the cookies are firm to the touch.

3. Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup millet flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, water, and vanilla extract then beat well.
  4. Combine the tapioca starch, sorghum flour, millet flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl and stir well.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.
  6. Divide the cookie dough into two discs then roll them out separately on a floured surface to ¼-inch thick.
  7. Cut the dough into the desired shapes using cookie cutters and place them on the baking sheets.
  8. Freeze the baking sheets for 15 minutes then bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the cookies are just golden around the edges.

4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yield: about 1 ½ dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 2 ½ tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups quick-cooking gluten free oats
  • 1 cup seedless raisins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together the rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined then stir in the oats and raisins.
  5. Shape the dough into 18 balls and place them on the baking sheet 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 13 to 17 minutes or until the edges are browned and the middle just set.

5. Molasses Cookies

Yield: about 1 ½ dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the raw sugar.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined then chill for 1 to 2 hours until firm enough to roll into balls.
  5. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into 18 balls by hand.
  6. Roll the dough balls in the raw sugar and place them on the baking sheets, flattening them slightly by hand.
  7. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes until the cookies are just firm.

Just because you have to follow a gluten free diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cookie now and again. Whether you prefer to buy packaged cookies or make your own, you’ll find plenty of taste options above. Enjoy!