Before we get into this, let me tell you that cookies are for all seasons. But squash-spiced lattes and fall candles aside, when it comes to the season’s best treats, few things excite me more than fall baking. Fall is all about getting cozy and indulging, and I don’t know about you, but I’d rather do it in cookie form. There is something in the fall that gives us the urge to retreat inside, roll up our sleeves, and whip. prepare something sweet for us (or our friends) for no reason. This list of the best gluten-free and dairy-free cookie recipes is to ensure that no one misses out on all the delights that fall baking has to offer.
After years of experimenting with every gluten-free flour and egg substitute on the market, I can attest that these cookies are the real deal. They all get that crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside that we all crave, and many require just a little time and a few clean ingredients. From classic sugar cookies to chocolate chips and snickerdoodle, we’ve got the 12 best gluten-free and dairy-free cookie recipes the internet has to offer. It’s nice that the cozy season lasts for a couple of months because there’s plenty of time to tackle each and every one of these gluten-free and dairy-free cookie recipes in no time. Do you have a favorite recipe that we missed? Leave it in the comments below.
All recipes can be made gluten-free and dairy-free. We’ve included some vegan, soy-free, refined sugar, and nut-free options, but as always, be sure to read all of the ingredient information carefully to make sure it’s free of any allergens or restrictions you may have.
Minimalist Baker 1 Bowl Fluffy Sugar Cookies
Why we love them: For the holidays, birthdays, or just plain fun, everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe in their arsenal. These 1 bowl sugar cookies are perfect for decorating and downright delicious.
Hero ingredient: This recipe uses aquafaba, the brine that comes on top of a can of chickpeas. If you’re new to aquafaba, it might sound strange, but it takes on an egg white-like consistency that is absolutely magical for baking.
Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Café Gratitude
Why we love them: These chocolate chip cookies are one of Camille’s allergy-friendly desserts. After trying them myself, I can attest that they are ridiculously delicious. Café Gratitude, the West Coast cult favorite vegan restaurant behind these cookies, has been tweaking their definitive vegan cookie recipe for years. Luckily for us, they shared the perfected recipe on their Love is served cookbook, and we’ve been making them nonstop ever since.
Hero ingredient: The cookies use gluten-free all-purpose flour, and based on her own testing, Camille recommends Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour Mix to produce more chewy and moist cookies. You can also substitute almond butter for peanut butter or even sunflower butter.
Get the recipe here.
Vibrant & Pure Mint Hot Chocolate Cookies
Why we love them: Decadent and chocolatey with hints of mint and vanilla, these cookies are perfect for cozy nights at home all year long. But when you add the minced mint and marshmallows for garnish, you have the perfect holiday cookies at your fingertips.
Hero ingredient: Dairy-free melted chocolate is a key batter ingredient in this recipe, making these cookies extra rich. When you omit the mint, this recipe also makes a great base for a straight double chocolate chip cookie.
Allergylicious Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
Why we love them: Gingerbread cookies are a seasonal staple and these delicious treats strike the perfect balance between savory and sweet. Plus, they make the perfect gift for a neighbor or friend.
Hero ingredient: When it comes to sweeteners, there is nothing like molasses. Rich in flavor and color, these cookies have a deep, robust flavor that is well balanced by the acidity of the ginger. Plus, when you make a batch of these, your whole house will smell like a delicious Christmas candle.
Something Nutritive Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Why we love them: Chocolate and peanut butter are basically a match made in heaven. Any dessert featuring this legendary combo is already winning in my book. This recipe uses pantry staples and can be easily made vegan using a flax egg.
Hero ingredient: These cookies have just the right amount of peanut butter, so they are smooth and rich without tasting too salty. In my opinion, the more chocolate chips the better!
Four Ingredient Coconut Macaroni from Beaming Baker
Why we love them: Is there anything sweeter than the simplicity of a coconut macaroon? With just four ingredients, these combine in an instant and taste like the real thing.
Hero Ingredients: This recipe requires small Coconut grating for the tall, spherical shape that makes the macaroni so crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Just mix the ingredients in a food processor and use an ice cream scoop to place the dough dallops on a baking sheet, bake and boom – you’ll have dessert in under 30 minutes!
Megan Nash’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Why we love them: These cookies hold a special place in my heart, not only because my sister wrote the recipe, but because I have an obsession with any dessert that involves bananas! Moist, sticky, and perfectly sweet, these never disappoint and are some of the best gluten-free and dairy-free cookies out there.
Hero ingredient: Gluten-free and dairy-free baking can often produce dry, crumbly desserts, but using overripe banana in the batter here helps hold these cookies together. With only 1/3 of a ripe banana, you may not even taste the fruit!
Minimalist Baker 1-Bowl Snickerdoodle Cookies
Why we love them: Sugar-dusted clouds of soft cinnamon goodness? Yes please. Snickerdoodles are a classic. These cookies remind me of the good old days of stopping by the local bakery after school and being greeted by the intoxicating smell of cinnamon and sugar baked in the oven.
Hero ingredient: Cinnamon is my absolute favorite spice, and I always try to find a way to strain it into any dessert. Not only is it delicious, but it is also loaded with health benefits and helps regulate blood sugar and metabolism.
Almond Flour Biscotti with Dark Chocolate Nut Chunks by Rachel Mansfield
Why we love them: Imagine sitting in a cafe in Italy, dipping a crunchy, chocolate-dipped biscotti into a steaming, sparkling cappuccino. Is there anything better? Talk about a dessert that can transport you to another place, these biscotti cookies are a dream.
Hero ingredient: These homemade biscotti are made from almond flour, which gives them the crunchy, crunchy texture these cookies are known for. So make your coffee, tea, or a glass of oat milk, because biscotti are made for dipping.
The Perfect Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie from Vibrant & Pure
Why we love them: If there is one cookie that never disappoints, it is the classic chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookies are iconic, and honestly, I don’t know of a single person who turns down one. However, when it comes to gluten-free and dairy-free baking, these cookies are the hardest to nail. This Vibrant & Pure recipe is the best I’ve ever had and tastes closest to “real”.
Hero ingredient: Instead of using a chia or flax egg, this recipe calls for 1/3 cup of cold vegan butter. I firmly believe that this is the signature ingredient in this recipe and what makes these cookies have that moist, buttery flavor that is to die for.
Vegan Gluten-Free Samoas from Minimalist Baker
Why we love them: When I first cut gluten and dairy out of my diet, the days of storing a stash of Girl Scout cookies in the freezer were over. Little did I know, there are plenty of recipes available for clean versions of the classics, including this Samoan recipe from Minimalist Baker. These delicious coconut flavored cookies are a great snack to bake and freeze when sweet cravings strike.
Hero ingredient: With coconut oil, shredded coconut, and coconut sugar on the bill, the coconut is without a doubt the star of this recipe. We love coconuts for their natural sweetness and versatility in dairy-free baking, and their flavor pairs well with the caramel, chocolate, and butter notes in this recipe.
Rachael’s Good Eats Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies
Why we love them: Like I said, you can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie, but this recipe goes one step further with the addition of the chai spice. The ingredients in this recipe are especially healthy and make a great guilt-free dessert option for cozy nights.
Hero ingredient: Rachael created a unique homemade chai spice mix for these cookies, adding an autumn flair to these otherwise simple and delicious chocolate chip cookies.
What are your favorite dairy-free gluten-free cookie recipes? Share them with us below.