Gluten, Sugar Free Cranberry Christmas Cookie Recipe

Cranberry Christmas Cookie Recipe

‘Tis the season to be jolly, falalalala la la la’ – unless of course you have a food intolerance or allergy. It seems that more and more of us are experiencing side effects after eating gluten – whether it be IBS, coeliac or just bloatedness. This time of year the carb loaded party foods are a no-no for some. However, many gluten free recipes can leave your mouth feeling incredibly dry and have a soapy kind of after taste. So here is a delightful, quick and easy Cranberry Christmas Cookie recipe that will leave you feeling in the festive spirit once more.

Gluten, Sugar Free Cranberry Christmas Cookie Recipe


  • 100g Butter
  • 5 tablespoons of sweetener
  • 50g Cranberries
  • 175g Gluten free Plain flour
  • (options: Food colouring – I used green. Flavouring – vanilla essence 1tsp)


  • 1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C
  • 2. Cut grease proof paper to cover two baking trays.
  • 3. Place the butter and sweetener into a mixing bowl and whisk until pale in colour and creamy in texture.
  • 4. Whiz up the cranberries in a food processor, to chop them up into small pieces, then add them to the creamy mixture and mix using the whisk until fully incorporated.
  • 5. Whisk in the flour until it forms a dough.
  • 6. Sprinkle a little extra gluten free flour onto a clean surface, and roll out the dough to approx 0.5cm thickness. Use a cookie cutter, press down onto the dough to cut out the required shape. I used various sizes of star shaped ones, but ANY shape can be used.
  • 7. Place onto the grease proof tray, then repeat the process until all of the dough has been used.
  • 8. Place into the oven and bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes depending on the size of shape. They will begin to turn a golden brown colour.
  • 9. Remove from the oven using oven gloves, and leave to cool.

(N.B. I did put a very small amount of icing sugar and sprinkles on mine, and separated the layers with maltesers to give them height, therefore rendering my product not suitable for a diabetic. However, the biscuits themselves are.)

These biscuits can be adapted to suit any palette – you can change the fruit variety, add spices, change the shape or thickness. It’s a great little recipe which can be made to suit any occasion.

Cranberry Christmas Cookie Recipe



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