Six Sensational Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays and Everyday


Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Chocolate Cherry Fudge Drop CookiesAlisa Fleming ~ For those of you who can eat gluten, or who like the adventure of adapting recipes, see my prior cookie recipe round-up, "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays."

Doesn’t it seem like everyone and their dog is going gluten-free these days? Though I had never been gluten-free in the past, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking for the past five years … ever since several bags of gluten-free baking mixes landed on my desk for review. Since then I’ve tested out a variety of flours … in fact, at any given time, I have at least ten different flours and starches on hand.

Honestly, I couldn’t explain my fascination with the art of gluten-free baking … until now. You know how sometimes, you just know something, even though you don’t know it? [If that made absolutely no sense to you, just humor me]. Call it intuition, or maybe your subconscious making subtle observations that your conscious mind overlooks. What is all of this rambling about? Tony, my husband and the IT man behind Go Dairy Free, was told to trial a gluten-free diet by our doctor …

Yes, me allergic to milk, and a month into the gluten-free trial, it really does look like he may be intolerant to gluten. We are quite the pair, really.

Fortunately for him, I was prepared. At the first sign of a carb craving, I scavenged our pantry, and gluten-free, dairy-free pizza was on the table. Oh, and dessert? I’ve had that one covered for years. All he had to do was pick from among the ones he liked best, all made (and given the thumbs up from gluten-eating taste buds) long before this gluten-free adventure …


Coconut Flour Snickerdoodles

grain-free, dairy-free snickerdoodles


Bakery-Style Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Bakery-Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free 


Maple Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free and Vegan Maple Cashew Cookies 


Chocolate Cherry Fudge Drop Cookies

Not a fan of cherries in cookies? You can go all chocolate with these if you prefer!

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cookies - Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free


Grain-Free Macaroon Cookies

grain-free macaroons  


Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are so awesome that they made my "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays" list, too!

Vegan, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Article, recipes, and photos by Alisa Fleming, founder of and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cookies - Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I tried it today with a slight difference that I put dates instead of brown sugar as I had to make it sugar free also. It took 40 minutes instead of 15-20 minutes to bake. t gives a slightly bitter taste. So, we could not joy that well, sorry. Will u please suggest some improvement.

    • Hi Swantantra, I’m not sure which recipe you made (there are several cookie recipes on this post), but swapping dates for brown sugar will yield very different results. Your adding a lot of moisture and changing the flavor of the recipe. You might try date sugar instead, or I would start with a recipe that uses dates. The ones here weren’t formulated to swap in fruit for the sweetener. A lot of changes would need to be made! I wish I could help you mmore, but I’d have to test a lot in the kitchen to make those kind of changes to one of these recipes.

  2. i make gift baskets for the holidays and want to know if I’m able make any of your recipes to include in the gift baskets. They are wrapped in plastic cellophane. Do they need to stay in the fridge or can they remain out of the fridge?

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