Christmas and the holidays can be a challenging time if you're on a restricted diet. Whether it be for food allergies or sensitivities, or other reasons, it's not much fun going to holiday parties and not being able to indulge a little. But luckily, there are lots of allergy-sensitive cookies that are shockingly delicious, and taste just like the traditional versions. Here are 10 of our favorites this year.
These small gluten-free thumbprint cookies from Celiac In The City will wow everyone this Christmas. We dare say that no one would even guess they're gluten-free. And as a bonus, you can easily make them nut-free by swapping out the almond extract and using vanilla extract instead.
Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free (modified)
Take your Christmas cookies to the next level with these flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies from Sweet As Honey. Free of gluten, grains, refined sugar, and dairy, these are pretty much a dream come true for anyone on a restricted diet. Perfectly fudgy and addictive.
Gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, dairy-free
Did someone say, "low-carb cookies?" Yes. We did. These low-carb, gluten-free, cream cheese cookies from Low Carb Yum are a delight. You can roll the dough into a log and slice, or use a spritz cookie press, but either way, you'll never know they're low-carb and gluten-free.
Gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
These quite possibly could be our favorite on the list. So. Stinking. Delicious. If your favorite Christmas cookie is a Mexican Wedding cookie, take note on these paleo pecan snowball cookies. These are perfectly crumbly and incredibly flavorful.
Gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, egg-free
These magic cookie bars are free of so many allergenic ingredients, and yet you will still be completely blown away by how delicious they are. You might convince your entire family to drop gluten/dairy/eggs/etc. just on these cookie bars alone.
Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
We have never wanted to jump through our computer screens more than when we discovered these soft and chewy paleo gingerbread cookies. These will skyrocket to the top of your list of favorite Christmas cookies for years to come, and you will never guess the secret ingredient. (Shhh! It's a sweet potato!)
Gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan
Pure perfection. Perfectly chewy, perfectly sweet, these chewy sugar cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free. Bonus: you can decorate them to be super festive for whatever holiday you're celebrating. Your friends & family will be begging you to bring these to holiday parties for years to come. We promise.
Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
If food allergies/sensitivities/restrictions have you missing your old favorites, these sunbutter blossom cookies will be a delight. This is a modern, allergy-friendly twist on an old-school favorite, and will give you all the nostalgia of Christmases past.
Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, nut-free
These paleo chai spiced cookies are essentially little nuggets of joy. They are packed with flavor, and taste exactly like a hot, spicy chai. You'll be making these well beyond the holiday season, and they pair perfectly with a hot cup of tea, fuzzy socks, and a warm blanket by the fire.
Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free
If you're following a low FODMAP diet (or, if you are gluten-free), these double chocolate pecan cranberry cookies are the cookies for you. Super versatile, you can bake these to be soft and chewy, or bake a little bit longer for a crispier version. Either way, you can't lose.
Low FODMAP, gluten-free, nut-free (if made without pecans)
It's entirely possible to stick with your nutrition plan and eat according to your allergies/sensitivities, even during the holidays. These are just a few of the countless allergy-friendly cookie recipes that we love.