Gluten Free Italian Taralli Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Italian Taralli Cookies Recipe

I’m so happy to be sharing yet another Italian recipe with you: this recipe for gluten free Italian Taralli Cookies comes from a long-time customer who originally acquired this recipe from another, whose Aunt Theresa had been making them for as long as she could remember.

Old family recipes are the best, aren’t they? And it’s so wonderful when we can make them and share them gluten free, keeping the recipe alive.

gluten free italian taralli cookie

When Dot D. paid me a surprise visit to deliver these cookies just before Christmas, she also shared this recipe with me, adding that the only change she had made was to use my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour in place of the wheat flour originally called for in this traditional recipe.

The cookies were gone before I could really even savor any (my picky teenage son scarfed nearly all of them up himself), so I decided to make them from her gluten free Italian Taralli Cookies recipe and see what all the fuss was about. I have to tell you that they did not disappoint!Dot's gluten free Italian Taralli cookies

I’ve now made them several times, switching up the flavoring from one time to another; it’s really a very versatile recipe!

I researched the history of taralli cookies and noticed that it’s more of a category of Italian food, encompassing both sweet and savory. These are squarely on the sweet side, but not overly so. You can also shape these cookies into donuts, but Dot made them in crescents and I kept with her design, especially because it looks so pretty with sprinkles just on the tips!

This must be my year for Italian baking: three out of my most recent new gluten free recipes are Italian in origin, including gluten free gingerbread biscotti, gluten free pizzelles and gluten free Panettone. Thankfully Dot graciously allowed me to share this recipe with you, as well.

I hope you enjoy it not just around Christmas, but also Easter, as it is as traditional to that holiday as it is in December.

I have used gluten-free Sweetapolita sprinkles for decoration, but there are other brands you can find on-line, as well. I hope you get festive and bake these cookies soon — depending on the sprinkles you choose, you could make these treats year round and I bet you’ll hear no complaints!

Gluten Free Italian Cookies with Christmas sprinkles

gluten free Sweet Italian Taralli Cookies

Gluten Free Italian Taralli Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Italian Taralli Cookies Recipe

Yield: 36 cookies, depending on size
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

These traditional Italian Taralli Cookies are festive for Christmas, Easter or any time of year you want to celebrate with a not-too-sweet cookie and sprinkles!



  • 1 cup butter or vegan alternative (e.g. Earth Balance Buttery Sticks) - 2 sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract (OR 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract + 1 tsp. almond extract)
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (optional)
  • zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 3 1/2 cups (472 gr) gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 heaping Tbs. baking powder


  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups (1 lb box) confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 2-4 Tbs. lemon juice (juice of 1-2 lemons)
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (optional)
  • gluten-free sprinkles (Sweetapolita)


Preheat oven to 375 F.

Beat butter and sugar together until lighter and fluffy. Stir in eggs, extract and zest, if using.

Whisk together gfJules Flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Slowly stir into sugar mixture until fully incorporated. The dough will be thick but not too sticky.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop tablespoons of dough and roll into logs on a clean counter or pastry mat lightly dusted with more gfJules Flour if necessary, to prevent it from sticking. Bend the logs into a crescent shape or form small donuts with the dough. Lay on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between cookies to allow for spread during baking.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on the bottom. Remove to cool on a wire rack without removing from pan.

Once cool, prepare glaze by whisking lemon juice into sifted powdered sugar until it's of drizzling consistency but not too thin. Add more sugar if too thin; more juice if too thick.

While glaze is wet, sprinkle tips of each cookie with gluten free sprinkles for decoration.


These cookies may be made with anise extract and topped with sesame seeds instead.

Will you make these sweet or savory?

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  2. These are delicious! I made 3 types of Christmas cookies this weekend and my kids asked my why I didn’t just make all of them with this recipe. 🙂