10 Amazing Cookies that Just Happen to Be Gluten-Free

Cookies made without wheat flour from the ground-up

While "gluten-free" has become a hot phrase over the years, these cookies aren't trying to be trendy, or healthy, or better than their gluten-filled counterparts. They never bothered with wheat flour to begin with. Take a scroll through our recipes for macaroons, nutty shortbreads, crunchy Middle Eastern cookies, and chewy chocolate models for great desserts that work for every diet.

Double Chocolate Macaroons

Double Chocolate Macaroons

In these luscious cookies from cookbook author Leah Koenig, the traditional shredded coconut version gets hit with a double dose of chocolate: cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate chips.Zoe Schaeffer

Omani Coconut Cookies

Omani Coconut Cookies
A simple combination of sugar syrup and unsweetened coconut cools and hardens into sweet, crunchy treats that are perfect served alongside tea or coffee. Get the recipe for Omani Coconut Cookies »

Iranian Rice Cookies

Iranian Rice Cookies
These crumbly rice flour cookies are made using a sugar syrup infused with rose water, a classic ingredient in Middle Eastern sweets.

Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies (Basler Brunsli)

Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies (Basler Brunsli)
Specialties of Basel, in northern Switzerland, these chocolatey confections are often described as Swiss brownies. Almonds, sugar, and chocolate are ground fine and bound together with egg whites to create a satisfyingly chewy texture, while cinnamon and cloves impart an unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer. Get the recipe for Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies (Basler Brunsli) »

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Our gluten-free alternative to the classic actually gives the cookies a boost: subtracting flour highlights their pure peanut butter flavor and adds a wonderfully chewy texture.Matt Taylor-Gross
Chewy Almond Macaroons

Chewy Almond Macaroons

These intensely-flavored cookies have a crunchy caramelized exterior and a chewy, amaretto-flavored interior.Helen Rosner

No-Bake Chocolate-Oat Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Oat Cookies
Adapted from Patty Piner's soul food cookbook Sweets, these chewy chocolate cookies are made entirely on the stovetop.Helen Rosner
Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

An adaptation of Basque Christmas cookies, these crumbly harinados are made with ground up pistachios and a blend of gluten-free flours.Noah Fecks
Gluten-Free Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Gluten-Free Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Akin to the famed Mexican wedding cookies, Greek kourambiethes, and Southern pecan puffs, these crumbly shortbread crescents, made gluten-free with a variety of specialty flours, are showered with confectioners' sugar while still hot from the oven.Anna Stockwell
Simnel Marzipan Bonbons

Simnel Marzipan Bonbons

Marzipan, a sweet paste of almond meal and sugar, is laced with spices, brandy, and lemon juice for these simple treats. Get the recipe for Simnel Marzipan Bonbons »Joseph de Leo