Gluten-Free Cookies

Ditch the wheat flour –– but don't miss out on decadent desserts. These festive cookies are completely gluten-free (not that anyone would ever be able to tell).  

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Spiked Chocolate Decadence Cookies

Vodka adds moisture and deeper flavor to the batter in these gluten-free chocolate cookies. The rich ganache –– also enriched with the spirit –– ties the sinful sandwich together.

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Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

The browned, slightly crispy exterior of homemade macaroons trumps the mushy texture of the canned variety every single time. These simple coconut-chocolate treats require only five ingredients and 40 minutes of your time.

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Chocolate Toffee Meringues

What makes the perfect meringues even better? Toffee, of course. Just try making these cookies on a dry day for the best results; humidity can make them a little sticky.

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Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These thin, chewy cookies use almond flour as their base. This keeps them moist for a very long time, which means they can be frozen for up to a month after baking.

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Peppermint Macarons

These bright-red macarons are both festive and dainty — just the right cookies to serve after a big holiday meal. Bound by meringue, they're chewy inside and crisp outside –– the best of both dessert worlds.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bombs

Peanut butter and eggs bind these chewy cookies, which are rolled in sugar and dotted with half a roasted peanut each for sweet, salty flavor and a punch of texture.

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Crisp Chewy Meringues

Crispy on the outside, delightfully sweet and chewy on the inside, these meringues are the perfect light post-dinner treat.

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Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Alton Brown's dense coconut clusters are crunchy on the outside, but they're soft and chewy on the inside. They also require no flour, which keeps them naturally gluten-free.

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Made mostly of ground almonds, egg whites, sugar and air, these colorful, delicate cookies actually gain their flavor from the filling, not the pillowy sandwich halves. This classic recipe calls for simply whipped cream, which lets their subtle almond flavor shine through.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Two flourless cocoa cookies bookend creamy white chocolate ganache for the ultimate dessert sandwich.

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Vanilla Meringues

These vanilla meringues make for an incredibly sweet and light bite. Mark Bittman recommends dyeing some of them pink (or a color of your choice) so they're eye candy as well.

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Chocolate Truffles

With only three ingredients, Mark's truffles are pure untainted chocolate decadence. This recipe is sure to put you in touch with your dark (chocolate) side.

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Meringue Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies don't have any eggs in them — chickpea brine whipped with sugar makes a fluffy, gluten-free meringue, ready to be filled with jam.

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