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Festive and Flourless Christmas Cookies

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If you’re baking cookies to give as gifts, there’s bound to be some gluten-free folks on your list. These cookies are all made without wheat flour and gluten-free (or can easily be made so with a few tweaks). They range from homey peanut-butter sandwich cookies to ooh-la-la fancy macarons.

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    Chocolate and Peppermint Macarons

    Put a fun holiday spin on these delicate French meringue sandwich cookies by rolling them in crushed peppermint candies. As with any macaron, they require a bit of work and practice to get right, and not all will turn out perfectly, but they’re fun to eat and so festive it’s worth it. Without food coloring, the cookies will be white.

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    Pistachio Meringues with Toasted Coconut

    Pistachios and coconut are one of my favorite meringue flavoring combinations, but feel free to substitute with other additions. Fold in any ground nut, or even tiny chocolate morsels, if you like.
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    These cookies from the almond-growing region of Siena date back to at least the 15th century. They’re melt-in-your-mouth tender, but with a nice chew. Their cracked, snowy-white tops make a beautiful addition to a cookie platter, and they’re a great option for those on a gluten-free diet.

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    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    These soft, flourless cookies house a bittersweet filling, for a taste combination that appeals to the kid in all of us.

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    Passionfruit-Mango Macarons

    A sweet-tart mango and passionfruit curd filling gives these macarons a bright tropical flavor.
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    Meringue Mushrooms

    Crisp, sweet, festive, and fun. Meringue mushrooms are a classic trompe l'oeil sweet. Use them to garnish a traditional Yule log cake, add them to a cookie tray, or package them in little produce baskets wrapped in cellophane like real mushrooms and give them as gifts. They keep well for many weeks, even months if stored airtight. They never fail to amaze and delight.

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    Chocolate Soufflé Cookies

    Chocolatey and moist with a light, crisp exterior, this gluten-free cookie is an excellent showcase for high-quality chocolate.

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    Lemon-Meringue Sandwich Cookies

    Lemon meringue pie is the inspiration for these cookies: crisp meringue buttons are sprinkled with gingersnap crumbs (the crust) and sandwiched around a vibrant lemon curd.  

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    Peppermint Meringue Kisses

    Light, crunchy ethereal meringues are the perfect vehicle for the clean, bracing flavor of peppermint. Watch Abby demonstrate this and two other four-ingredient desserts in her  Holiday Cookies Video Series . And if you think Abby's four-ingredient cookies are cool, watch how she transforms four ingredients into  crowd-pleasing frosty treats .

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    Pistachio Amaretti

    These cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and a subtle shade of green all over. Pistachios are grown in Sicily, so it’s traditional for Sicilians to make amaretti with them instead of almonds. If you can’t find skinned pistachios, removing the peels is a bit of a chore, but worth it to get pure pistachio taste. These cookies are not as crisp as store-bought, but baking them longer will make them crisper.

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