Christmas and cookies are two things that just go together for me. I have so many memories of baking cookies at this time of year. In the kitchen with my mom, recreating all of my grandma’s Czech cookie recipes. Raspberry tarts, almond crescents and apricot kolaches. It was tradition and it just felt right.
Creating new cookie recipes doesn’t come easy for me because I love the classics so much. Other than my grandma’s recipes, there are only a few that I hold close to my heart. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle. I just love the simples. Simple ingredients, simple preparation.
I’m a firm believer in keeping the chocolate chip cookie true to it’s roots. However, when orange zest is involved, I’m ok with a little moderation. Orange and chocolate are such a happy marriage. There is a reason so many people love the combo. Cause it’s good! You’ll notice the little flecks of orange zest in these (perfect) chocolate chip cookies. Nothing fussy or fancy. Just another delicious gluten free vegan cookie recipe to add to your holiday baking!
- 2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons Sarah's gluten free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened*
- 3 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In medium bowl, sift together flour blend, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, cream together sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil and orange zest, 1-2 minutes.
- Add orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until blended. Add flour mixture and chocolate chips. Stir until just combined.
- Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into balls. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Slightly flatten with fingers.
- Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes. Cookies with be golden brown on edges and soft to the touch.
- Place on cooling rack to cool completely. Store in air-tight container.
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Ready for MORE cookie recipes? I’ve teamed up with 17 lovely bloggers to do a Gluten Free Virtual Cookie Exchange! Just in time for those holiday parties, cookie swaps and baking days with your kids. Every blogger has also included a $50 value giveaway with their recipes. Simply click on the links below. Be sure to check out every scrumptious cookie recipe and enter the giveaways too!
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies Recipe from Vegetarian Mamma
Gluten-free Vegan Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
Gluten-free Snickerdoodles Recipe from Only Taste Matters
Gluten-free Vegan Ninjabread Men Recipe from Flippin’ Delicious
Gluten-free Vanilla Wafers Recipe from gfJules
Gluten-free Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies Recipe from Making It Milk Free
Gluten-free Strawberry Thumbprints Recipe from Learning to Eat Allergy-Free
Gluten-free Holiday Sandwich Cookie Assortment Recipes from Go Dairy Free
Gluten-free Cranberry Lime Cornmeal Cookies Recipe from Cafe Johnsonia
Gluten-free Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe from Faithfully Gluten Free
Gluten-free No Bake S’mores Cookies Recipe from My Gluten-free Kitchen
Gluten-free Dairy-free Sugar Cookies Recipe from Allergy Free Alaska
Gluten-free Pfeffernusse Recipe from Fearless Dining
Gluten-free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe from Maebells
Gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies Recipe from Around My Family Table
Gluten-free Chocolate Gingerbread Bars Recipe from Gluten-Free Palate
Gluten-free Snickerdoodles Recipe from Gluten-Free Homemaker
Gluten-free Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe from Gluten-free Frenzy
It’s hard to pick just one! We usually like to do something chocolate-based, another graham/sugar/simple flavor recipe, and one really festive one! 🙂
I love making traditional butter cookies for the holidays (GF of course!)
Dee Fedor says
I like to make Russian Nut Balls. I have an old Beyyy Crocker Cookbook (1950’s), and have converted many cookies to Gluten-free!
My favorite is snickerdoodle
Sugar cookies are my fav. These orange chocolate chip cookies look yummy, too!
Jennifer Knotsmed says
Wowbutter Blossoms are a holiday must in our house 🙂
Strength and Sunshine says
I love that you added orange zest to traditional chocolate chip cookies. Such a simple but festive twist!
Kari Soto says
Cut out sugar cookies! ????????????
Cindy W. says
I make oatmeal date bars every Christmas.
Wendi Niccole says
Thumbprint cookies are my favorite.
Amber Jackson says
I love your blog and all the recipes you post! I check every week for new ones. I do not have celiac or any sort of gluten allergy but my younger sister was hospitalized for a week after they could not detect a heart beat and lots of rapid weight loss at the age of 13 and she was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Thankfully the Lord helped give her strength and now she is 16 and healthy. I do not want her to miss out on the yummy things in life! Your blog has helped her transition without missing out or craving something she cannot physically have! Everything of yours that I have made is AMAZING!! Everyone digs in not just my sister! Now we can bake Christmas cookies all day! Thank you!
Amber, thank you for sharing your sister’s story. I’m so glad to hear she is now doing well! I’m also happy to know that my recipes have been a blessing to you and your family. Happy baking and Merry Christmas!
Love baking M&M cookies for the holidays!
Lyn M says
I love making iced sugar cookies using my Christmas cookie cutters
Erica Dermer says
I love gingerbread cookies because it’s the only cookie I only make during the holidays. Although, maybe I should make them during our 100+ degree summer just to mix it up and bring joy to the heat wave?
Soft gingerbread cookies!
Steven weber says
I gotta have the homemade gingerbread cookies that are half iced and half plain!
Shortbread is my number one, go-to holiday baked good, but pizzelles are a close second!
Running for Berries says
we always have to make gingerbread men! Including a running one and some headless/armless ones 🙂
We always make horns.
Ooooh! It’s so hard to pick, but it’s gotta be sugar cut-out cookies! Happy to be doing this virtual Cookie Swap with you!
Thomas Murphy says
I like to make sugar cookies.
My must-bake holiday cookie recipe is actually a no-bake “cookie” with peanut butter, rice krispies, and marshmallow creme rolled into a ball and dipped in chocolate.
Jennifer C says
I always make gluten free gingerbread cookies!
Laura Gay says
Seven layer bars! We really like the combination of butterscotch and coconut.
I have to make sugar cookies every year. My kids just love them.
I typically make 7-layer or “magic” cookie bars. Luckily, they’re also easy enough to make them GF.
We like gingerbread cookies.
Jan Sutter says
Coffee shortbread are my favorite, but I will have to try these now. 🙂
Lindsay B says
My favorite holiday cookies are decorated sugar cut outs. So fun with kids.
amanda sakovitz says
i always make sugar cookies
Sarah V. says
I always make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and candy-cane cookies.
natasha lamoreux says
Well its not a cookie but we started a tradition a few years back that we make fudge for the whole family for Christmas.
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
Oh my, I am coming over for some of these stat! okay? 🙂
Jessica To says
I have to make chocolate chip cookies for Santa and seven layer cookies for myself!
Definitely a marzipan cookie because my husband LOVES marzipan!
Laura P in NH says
My family loves to make and eat my mother’s peanut butter cookies.
Lori Jean Williams says
I always want ginger snaps for the holidays!!
Ashley Kolpak says
Oatmeal raisin cookies!
gluten free frosted sugar cookie cut outs . 🙂
Kelly D says
I like to bake 7 layer cookies.
Becca Z says
My must bake is called Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies and involves crumbling graham crackers into peanut butter and a few other ingredients and shaping into small wafers then dipping those in a melted chocolate concoction and spreading marshmallow fluff between the two wafers. They are everyone’s fave and I only make them at Christmas because they are so labor intensive.
that sounds AMAZING!
Donna F. says
I am 100% loving gingerbread cookies for the holidays!
I love making sugar cookies in holiday cutout shapes.
Cut out cookies are my must-have for the holidays.
Ginger cookies. I don’t have the patience to roll them out and decorate gingerbread men but I love ginger, so I make a much easier and softer cookie.
Sage Gallagher says
I love my gf ginger carrot cupcakes…not a cookie but delicious. I put cream cheese honey butter frosting on top. A hit with everyone.
My go to cookie is a classic chocolate chip cookie. I add like to add mint chips during the holidays!
shelly peterson says
Sugar cookies are my favorite.
Ooooh, orange juice in chocolate chip cookies, love that idea!
Janny N. says
Sugar cookies are still a favorite- thanks to your recipe Sarah! We’re dealing with new allergies this year (now we have soy, gluten, dairy & egg allergies), so I’m having to learn new favorite recipes. Your website has been a life saver!
Deb G. says
Sugar cookies are the best at Christmas!
orange and chocolate are a delectable combination! Im excited to try these!
I like to bake gingerbread cookies
I like to bake gingerbread cookies. Thank you for the giveaway!
Bo Simms says
The must have holiday cookie recipe is one passed down from my beloved grandmother, and it’s her shortbread cookies, they are so delicious and melt in your mouth. Happy Holidays all!
Jennifer Sasse says
Cappuccino flats for me and the kids love their sugar cookie cut outs!
Heather S says
I love making my grandmother’s sugar pecan cookies 🙂
Oh we always have to make the thumbprint cookies! I am so loving the new gluten free cup by cup flours so we can make all these cookies!
Heather Dawn says
I like making Sugar and Thumbprint cookies!
Ally G. says
My must-bake cookie recipe for the holidays is always cookie cut out sugar cookies, and let the kids decorate them, it’s always lots of fun.
Red and Green M&M sugar cookies.
Spritz cookies are easy, fun, and tasty, and kids always enjoy them.
My favorite go-to holiday cookie is a chocolate fudge cookie dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with candy canes! Yum!
Only taste matters. says
My mother and I have a traditional of making Spritz (cookie press) Cookies!
Ginger snaps are my favorite holiday cookie to bake and to eat.
I love sugar cookies
Cyndi br says
Holiday cookie is oatmeal raisin
no-bake coconut macaroons!
Hmm, probably soft ginger molasses cookies – and I haven’t made them yet this year! I better get on that.
My kids LOVE cut out sugar cookies!
Windy F says
Good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies.
gingerbread cookies are always a must
gina m (wild orchid) says
Decorated sugar cookies! My son loves to get involved with these!
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Diana R. says
Love to make Mexican wedding cakes.
Janet J says
Chocolate chip cookies are a must…even better straight from the freezer!
Katy P says
I love to make maple pecan bars!
Naomi Armenta says
Italian anise cookies!
Seyma Shabbir says
My must bake is Baklava!!
Lee Mckeon says
I love to bake sugar cookies and gift them to friends!
gingerbread cookies in the shape of a christmas tree is ideal!
Sarah Skabelund says
Gingerbread sleighs! We put sacks of candy inside and deliver them to friends and neighbors!
They all look so good…. oooo darn now I need to bake
Amanda B says
Move isn’t a cookie recipe, it’s peanut butter balls.
candy kratzer wenzel says
My favorite is gf cream cheese chocolate chip cookies.
Jordan D. says
I always make gingersnaps and snowball cookies, it’s tradition. I love baking christmas cookies!
valerie sobus says
chocolate chip! it’s not very holiday-ish but it’s my go-to and i like to think i’ve perfected it over the years ;). but recently i’ve been doing a flourless version with almond & peanut butter that is mind blowingly yummy. if nut butter wasn’t so expensive i’d be making them weekly!
Lisa Brown says
orange and chocolate biscotti
Dawn Monroe says
My family’s must haves are peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip walnut cookies. Simple but delicious.
Mary Carmen (@mami2jcn) says
We make chocolate chip cookies. In fact, we’re planning on making some tonight.
Janet W. says
Gingerbread men and women cookies are my must-bake cookie recipe during the holidays! My family, especially my grandsons, love them!
Jessica Beard says
I have to make my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe.
Jessica Beard says
I always make my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe.
Mine is cut-out sugar cookies that I can decorate with the kiddos.
Ellie Wright says
raspberry thumbprints are mine.
Amanda A. says
Cut out sugar cookies are a must during Christmas!
Becky Payne says
I really LOVE to have a cookie my family makes, we call them 1000 year cookies. But they are kind of like a lemon sugar cookie.
amy guillaume linderman says
i have to make frosted cutout cookies
nadya kotik says
bourbon peppermint brownies
Allison Yamamoto-Sparks says
My mom always makes bon bons and THE BEST sugar cookies… She mails them to me now and it doesn’t feel like the holidays until I get my cookie package every year!
(BTW, Target is my happy place too!)
I always have to make at least one batch of gingerbread cookies!
Cindy A. says
It isn’t Christmas until somebody bakes gingerbread cookies. 😉
Jillian Too says
Sugar cookies that our family can decorate is my must-bake for the holidays.
Amanda S. says
Traditional sugar cookies!
Michelle J. says
kelli schulenberg says
White chocolate cran cookies!
I love making a GF version of Martha Stewart’s Chewy Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Michal Kovac says
My fav is Toffee Rolls.
Chocolate chip meringue cookies (if the weather cooperates!)
Denise M says
peanut butter cup cookies
My must-bake cookie recipe for the holidays is Italian Wedding Cookies (aka Cocoa Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies).
Molasses gingersnaps like my grandmother used to make.
Linnie (@b3byg33) says
My must-bake cookie recipe for the holidays is I like to bake ginger bread cookies.
Random Musings and Wanderlust says
I love taking my Grandmothers old Italian cookbook and converting some recipes, like the Regina (seeded) cookies, and they always come out fantastic.
Random Musings and Wanderlust says
I love converting recipes from my grandmothers Italian cookbook. I make Regina (seeded) cookies, they are my favorite.
Danielle W. says
Hi! This recipe sounds delish. If I wanted to skip the orange in the recipe time do I sub the orange juice for almond milk?
Yes, almond milk will work great!