Gluten-free Holiday Cookie recipes

Try as I might, pulling together a new recipe for a post this past month was just not ever going to happen. Between final book edits, dance rehearsals, end of year school trips and packing up our ENTIRE LIFE to ship home to NZ (in just over two weeks,eeek!), lets just say I've barely stopped to eat anything more exiting than a piece of toast for lunch. Finding that spare minute to play in the kitchen is but a lofty dream of mine right about now.
I had plans to start a new series, showing how I went about using up all the random ingredients I have in my pantry, but alas, that will have to keep for another time. Preferably a time when I'm not having to put drops of rescue remedy in my drink bottle in an attempt to keep the near panic-attacks at bay...
So instead of beating myself up for not having time to post here, I'm just going to put it out there that it's unlikely I'll be around here until after we've settled safely back in NZ. Because I couldn't just up and leave you without offering something to get you into the holiday spirit, I've rounded up all the cookie recipes from the archives below, for those of you who have time to get your bake on!
Merry Christmas and all the jazz, see you on the other side
Emm xx
These cookies contain only a handful of ingredients (6 to be exact, including chocolate), take mere moments to pull together and are reminiscent of amaretti biscuits in texture. Crispy on the outside and lovely and chewy in the centre.

No-bake chocolate granola cookies (gluten-free + vegan)

These no-bake cookies are perfect for those of you wanting a slightly 'healthier' cookie treat, and are a great thing to have at hand in the freezer throughout the silly season.

Raw apricot, dark chocolate + coconut bites (gluten-free + vegan)

As with the previous recipe, these bites offer a healthy alternative to flour, butter and sugar based cookies. They're naturally sweetened with organic dried apricots, offering a sweet, but not sickly-sweet treat that also happens to be nut-free for those of you who need this.

Chocolate chunk cookies (gluten-free)

These thick, slightly chewy, buttery cookies are close to traditional chocolate chip cookies but made with the goodness of wholegrain gluten-free flours such as teff, buckwheat and quinoa. Super good.

Raw maqui, cashew + lime bites (gluten-free + vegan)

For those of you who don't like to go down the chocolate cookie route, these might just be your thing. Light, bright flavours are at the fore in these no-bake 'healthy' bites.

Thyme + black cherry jam drops (gluten-free)

These buttery jam drops are flecked with finely chopped thyme to give them a beautiful herbal note. 

Buttery cookies, flecked with plenty of orange zest, warming spices and generous chunks of chocolate, these have been a firm favourite in our house for years and years. There's also some great Christmas links within this post.

Sweetened with only the natural sweetness of ripe bananas and a little finely chopped dates, these cookies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Add a little chopped chocolate if you feel the need...

Mexican chocolate almond cookies (gluten-free + dairy-free)

Rich chocolate cookies free from both gluten and dairy, these cinnamon and chilli-spiked cookies are beautiful. Enough said.

You might also like:
Rosemary + lemon cookies (gluten-free)
Cardamom, pistachio + rosewater short breads (gluten-free)

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    December 3, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I will look forward to adding a few of these recipes to my holiday baking rotation. As always, you and your recipes delight! Best of luck with your move, deep breaths, hope you have the most wonderful holidays!

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    December 3, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Good luck with the move back home Emma & whanau. Moving is so stressful! Nice to have those reminders of some great recipes…I love that Mexican chocolate one.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    December 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Where to begin?!? So many delicious looking cookies for the holidays! I love your no-bake granola cookies – they're always a hit!

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    Amy (Lemon and Coconut)
    December 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Good luck with the move! Look forward to seeing you back again 🙂

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    December 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    As this will be my first holiday season gluten-free, this round-up is especially appreciated!!!

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    Nicola Galloway
    December 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Good luck with the packing and move home Emma. I know this is a huge undergoing but at the end of it you will be enjoying the NZ summer. Thanks for the cookie round up. They all look so good, I don't know where to start! xx

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    Stephanie Weaver
    December 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Good luck with your move and thanks for sharing these!

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    December 17, 2015 at 7:27 am

    This Healthy banana, date + orange cookies looks really delish!!! Can't wait to try this at home

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    December 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful move, thanks for everything and it was so great to do your gluten free pastry class in Perth while I could, I've always wondered when or if you might get to move back to nz. Hope the transition is smooth, that it feels perfect to be home, I've no doubt it will. Every time I go back to uk I wish I could stay longer but marrying a farmer means I can't go for good. All the best I look forward to your next book and follow up posts about nz xx

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    Kereta Sewa Shah Alam
    December 25, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I LOVE to read your posts.just discover your site from somewhere. great sharing your story & experiences. i will recommend this site to my friends out there.

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    Justy Anita
    December 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I love cookies.I found your cookie related.Very Good post.Thanks.

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    Centre Achat
    January 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Made these for the new year's party… they vanished pretty quickly, thanks to you! 😉

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    Melissa@Julias Bookbag
    January 17, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Bookmarking!! Thank you – I'll be referring to this like mad next holiday season 🙂

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    Christine G. Brunswick
    January 20, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Clear, informative, simple. Love your post!

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    January 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    These look so delicious and I love your photography. Thank you for sharing.

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    Food Mumbai
    January 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The cookies are looking too nice to taste… n choco cookies are all-time favourite… Thanks for sharing from
    Food Mumbai Blog

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    April 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    It looks so delicious! I also want to make it on my own way. Hope to be successful.

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