A round up of holiday cookies including gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, vegan and easy-to-make options!
The holiday’s are around the corner, which means that it’s time to start baking! I love making special holiday treats with my kids, and now that they’re nine, six and four, they can all take part in the fun! Tasks that they love are to help mix ingredients, role out dough, use the cookie cutters, crack eggs and add the finishing festive decorations. They love to eat and share their creations, which helps boost their self-confidence and skills in the kitchen. Win-win!
It’s not just about Christmas
There are several different holidays celebrated during the month of December–not just Christmas! There’s also Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, Festivus, and more! This got me thinking about various holiday traditions and being inclusive, as well as being sensitive to those with food allergies when I started planning my cookie-round up.
Food allergies–although manageable–can be a real bummer, especially for kids. Treats are everywhere this time of year, and for parents of little ones with diabetes, celiac disease, peanut allergies, and so on, what you bake for treats may be different from what I bake.
With that in mind, below you will find some yummy holiday baking recipes created by some amazing dietitians (and myself!). Some of these cookies have nuts, some will be dairy-free, some gluten-free, some vegan… and some just super easy to make! I hope you enjoy. If you have any favourite holiday baking recipes feel free to share in the comments below.
Happy holidays and happy baking!
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cookies by Karman Meyer, RDN
Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-Free) by Emily Kyle, RDN
Chewy Triple Ginger White Chocolate Cookies by Sarah Remmer, RD
Ginger Snaps (Vegan & Gluten-Free) by Chrissy at Dairy Free for Baby
Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies (Easy) by Nourish Nutrition
Oatmeal Raisin Peppermint Cookies by Bucket List Tummy
Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Dipped Cookies by Sarah Remmer, RD
Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingersnaps) by Halsa Nutrition
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles (Vegan) by Kelly Jones Nutrition
Double Ginger Molasses Rye Cookies by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Ritz Cracker Christmas Cookies (Easy) by Kroll’s Korner
Gingerbread Cookies with Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling (Gluten Free) by E.A. Stewart Spicy RD Nutrition
For more ideas of yummy holiday baking to share with loved ones, check this blog post with 21 Delicious Edible Holiday Gift Ideas, as well as these 15 Holiday Baking Recipes That Are Too Yummy Not to Share.
You might also want to check out My Top 5 Tips For Staying Sane When Feeding Kids During The Holidays and my 5 Holiday Eating Rules You Should Throw Out the Window!