Gluten Free Candy Cane Cookies

Gluten Free Candy Cane Cookies

The thing I love most about these gluten free candy cane cookies is that they’re sweetened with real candy canes! Oh, and they’re so fun to shape! And they’re pepperminty through and through. And so festive at the holidays. And who doesn’t love candy canes!? … I guess any one of those attributes would be enough to sell me on making these super cute candy cane cookies — how about you?

gluten free candy cane cookies with cranberries

There’s also no wrong or right in making them: they can be as big or as small, as thick or as thin as you like. Bake them longer and make them crunchier if you like. Sprinkle more crushed candy canes on top after baking, or not. They’re your gluten free candy cane cookies, after all!

gluten free candy cane cookies with peppermints

As for crushing the candy canes you’ll need for this recipe, use a food processor or a coffee grinder for best results. Otherwise, you can always just store up all the day’s frustration and put coarsely broken candy canes in a large zip-top freezer bag and seal, then lay flat on a counter and repeatedly roll (or beat!) a rolling pin over the candy canes until they’re evenly crushed into fine pieces.

Gluten Free Candy Cane Cookie

The finer the better for crushing the candy canes needed for these cookies so they don’t melt and break the dough apart. Measure out ½ cup of crushed candy for this recipe. Sprinkle any remainder over cookies after they’re baked, if desired.

gluten free candy cane cookies on marble

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this traditional recipe, made gluten free. It’s a keeper!


how to make gluten free candy cane cookies

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And because ONE delicious gluten free cookie is never enough, I’ve joined a bunch of my gluten-free food blogger friends for a Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange and giveaway! Enter here to win a prize pack of the best gluten-free cookie making products, so you can bake all kinds of delicious gluten free cookies this holiday season! One winner will get 1 can each of my #1 voted gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour; Gluten Free Cookie Mix; Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix and Gluten Free Graham Cracker Mix. You’ll also get a signed copy of my award-winning cookbook, Free for All Cooking (give it as a holiday gift if you already have a copy!).

Enter by leaving a comment about your favorite cookie making memory – maybe this year you can make it gluten-free! Get more chances by sharing on social media – see the Rafflecopter below for other ways to enter. Check out the other bloggers’ recipes for even more prizes! Giveaway ends December 18th at 11:59 EST.

Check out all 12 recipes in our virtual gluten-free cookie exchange, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Gluten-free Gingerbread Kiss Cookies by Gluten Free Palate

Snowball Cookies by Allergylicious

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Meaningful Eats

Cinnamon Stars by Life After Wheat

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar by This Vivacious Life

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts by What the Fork

Coffee Flour Cookies by Flippin’ Delicious

Snickerdoodle Cookies by Veggie Balance

Lemon Cranberry Cookies by Vegetarian Mamma

Gluten Free Vegan Rasberry Pinwheel Cookies by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

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Gluten Free Candy Cane Cookies

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gluten free candy cane cookies on wire rack

Place butter (and shortening, if using), confectioners’ sugar and crushed candy canes into a large mixing bowl and cream until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.

Slowly stir in the gfJules Flour and salt, mixing until completely combined.

Divide dough into equal halves. Place one half into a separate bowl. Add red food coloring to remaining half in the mixing bowl, mixing color into dough until it’s the desired color red.

Prepare the cookies or wrap each half of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to make the cookies.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Dust a clean countertop or pastry mat with a small amount of gfJules Flour.

Pinch off approximately one tablespoon-sized pieces of red and white dough and roll them into thin logs of equal length. (Logs should be about 5 inches long and no more than ¼-inch in diameter. The exact length isn’t important, only that they’re about the same size.) Don’t roll in too much flour or they will not roll well; too little flour and they will stick to the surface.

Create pairs of joined red and white logs by pinching their ends together (wet the ends with a touch of water if they are too floured to stick together). Gently “braid” each red and white pair by laying one over the other, repeating until the 2 logs are twisted around each other up their entire length. Pinch ends to seal.

Using a spatula, gently place each twisted pair onto prepared baking sheets. Curl the top of each cookie down to form a candy-cane shape.

Place cookies in preheated oven and bake 9 to 10 minutes. Do not let cookies brown.

Remove from oven and sprinkle hot cookies with crushed candy, if desired. Remove to fully cool on a wire rack before serving.

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  1. Love the Candy Cane cookies!! I used to make those with my grandmother. Looking forward to reviving the tradition with your GF recipe. Thanks!!!!

  2. My favorite cookie making memory was just a couple weeks ago. My daughter and I made gluten-free cookies for the first time and my granddaughter said they were the best cookies ever. Lol. It meant so much to me that she wanted to make them since she is active duty Air Force, works 12 hour days, goes to college, and takes care of her daughter by herself since her husband is deployed.

  3. We always had pizzelles for Christmas and I miss them! I just saw your recipe for them!! Just have to get an iron and your flour and Ill be all set!! Thank you so much!

  4. My favorite memory at this time of the year is when we made Christmas cookies in high school and compiled a recipe book of our cookies that we took home to our families. I still have the recipe book over 40 year later!

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  6. My favorite cookie making memory is making my grandma’s choc chip from scratch whenever she came out to visit. Making cookies with her made me realize how special cooking with someone is. Didn’t matter if the edges got a little burned or they were a little doughy…the time spent together was EVERYTHING. I make gf cookies with my daughter now 🙂 we get as messy as she wants.

  7. My favorite cookie making memory was probably the first year I found out I had Celiac. I discovered Jules flour in her book and “created it” myself. Of course it being the first time I screwed it up and the Christmas cookies did not taste as good. I kept working to perfect the recipe and nailed it by the next Christmas cookie baking time! No one could taste a difference!

  8. We enjoy our cookie decorating contest every Christmas! I have had to go gluten free now, so we incorporate G/F flour in many of our recipes
    so I can enjoy the contest again!!!! My favorite recipe is Paul Bunyan Sugar Cookies!

  9. My favourite cookie making memories would be making cookies with either my grandmother, mother or my children. There’s nothing like telling stories & spending time together and getting to eat a yummy reward together when all is said & done.

  10. When I was a kid we used to decorate sugar cookies, similar to the way we decorate eggs on Easter and carve pumpkins for Halloween. We carried that tradition over to our kids.

  11. My mother has half a dozen things she makes or bakes EVERY year. As for cookies, Thumbprints. And always hard tack candy, which she and my aunt Pat taught me how to make as soon as I was old enough to handle the heat.

  12. I showed this recipe to my kids and they can’t wait to make them! I remember making cookies like this when I was a kid, but for some reason haven’t done the same with my kids. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. My favorite cookie baking memory might just be the year I converted my great grandma’s sugar cookie recipe from her bakery into my very own gf cookie recipe 💛 It never ceases to knock the socks off even the staunchest of gluten eaters 😍

  14. These candy cane cookies used to be one of my favorite cookies to make before my gluten free days. I used to make these with my kids at Christmas. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  15. We make cookies and decorate them every year with grandma. Haven’t been successful yet with roll out cookies. Would love to give your flour a try. Thanks 🙂

  16. Making cut out cookies with my son when he was little is one of my best memories. I still make cut out and using gf Jules flour has been easy way to make them gluten free. These candy cane cookies look so good. I’ll be trying out this recipe too!

  17. Jules, on another note, when I make the Cisco pie crust recipe using your flour, it is always tough. What am I doing wrong? I have not tried your recipe.also, I have your bread mix, can it be used to make rolls? Thank you for your reply and your products.

  18. My favorite cookie making experience was when I was six and it was during W.W.2 santa had given me a baking set, so I came home and baked sugar cookies, using a whole pound of butter, which was rationed, and got a whopping 12 cookies. My mom said they were good, nice and buttery. Such fun. That was my first cookie baking experience.

  19. When my children were younger, each Christmas season I had them help me with baking and decorating sugar cookies. Oh, we made a big mess, but it was fun for them.

  20. I used to make amazing Forgotten Cookies (that’s meringues). I made them every Christmas. I had all sorts of flavors. Luckily, they are naturally gluten free!

  21. To be honest, I don’t have that many memories of baking cookies with other people…but I’d love to make some! No guarantee I’ll do it this year, but I do plan to make some sweet breads with my grandmother and maybe I will try to fit in a batch of cookies too.

  22. When I was little, every December my mom would make a big batch of rolled sugar cookies and we would all decorate them together, with sprinkles and icing and chocolate chips. Decorating them was almost more fun than eating them!

  23. My favorite cookie making experience would be in school at my home economics class. We had so much fun and the little bake offs were well worth it.

  24. My favorite cookie making memory is when my son was 3. He was so excited to help and even to this day he loves to bake cookies with me. He even has a superhero apron

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  26. My favorite memory is sitting and frosting sugar cookies with my Mom and sister and we would have knife fights trying to get to certain colored frosting. Then with the leftover frosting we would spread it in between 2 Ritz crackers. My Mom would make cream cheese frosting.

  27. How festive! These are so cute and would be perfect to serve at a Christmas party. Thank you! One of my favorite memories was trying to make our holiday favorites gf—some success and many fails but also laughs!

  28. Candy canes just scream “CHRISTMAS” and these candy cane cookies are just the cutest! Thanks for including substitutions as well….we have multiple food allergies so that is incredibly helpful

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  30. One of my favorite things has always been cookie baking!! Until I had to go GF years ago. I had so many grainy, dry disasters, I quit trying. Today with all these choices before me, I’m so excited to try again!! Thank you to all of you for sharing your recipes with us!!

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