What if Santa's Gluten-free? Cookie Recipes for the Man in Red

I’m not sure if Santa has celiac disease or not – statistically speaking, he might. What torture! To visit millions of homes and be confronted with billions of cookies he can’t have.

These gluten-free crinkle cookies from the Baking Beauties remind me of the first cookies I baked myself...
These gluten-free crinkle cookies from the Baking Beauties remind me of the first cookies I baked myself...

If you’re counting on a visit from the ol’ Saint Nick tonight, you might want earn some brownie points (pun intended) and offer him some gluten-free cookies just in case. Otherwise, he’s stuck eating the carrot sticks – and then what’s left for the reindeer?

Here are some gluten-free Christmas cookies bound to make Mrs. Claus red with envy:

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Gluten-free Cinnamon Rolls: Do You Even Need An Excuse?

Courtesy of The Gluten-Free Homemaker (see recipe below).
Courtesy of The Gluten-Free Homemaker (see recipe below).

And if you do need an excuse, what’s better than Christmas morning (or Christmas evening, or Christmas week…or whatever)?

As with almost every other type of herb, spice, fruit, or non-animal edible substance, cinnamon has hundreds of fan websites. Some of them certainly seem legitimate. BUT…then there are the others.

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Avoiding the Grinch: Tips for a Gluten-free Christmas

Ah, eating season. Whether it’s Christmas at the in-laws, your office’s annual party, your children’s school fundraiser…there are plenty of excuses to chow down. However, there’s also a lot of hidden gluten lurking in some Christmas favorites, which can catch even the most seasoned celiac off guard.

Here are a few things to watch out for, and some recipes for festive gluten-free alternatives. You can find safe, gluten-free foods in our gluten-free grocery guide as well – perfect for helping your hosts serve a gluten-free holiday meal.

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Kwanzaa: Gluten-Free, Easy, Delicious

The other day I realized that I don’t know anyone who celebrates Kwanzaa. Or, at least, I don’t know that anyone I know celebrates Kwanzaa. Given that I know people who celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day, this is pretty lame on my part.

It also means that I didn’t know what foods one eats to celebrate – and this was a problem. Foods I don’t know about? A problem.

Kwanzaa

Internet to the rescue, and I was happy to learn that most typical Kwanzaa dishes are either naturally gluten-free or very easy to alter. I was even happier when I pictured myself eating them on a winter night: although these recipes have roots in Africa, they sound perfect for colder climes.

Here are some great-looking recipes, naturally gluten-free, that I plan to make sometime soon:

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