Rudolph Cookies scattered across a white background with a red mug of hot cocoa

Gluten-Free Rudolph Cookies

Impress Santa this Christmas with cookies that look like his fave reindeer! These Gluten-Free Rudolph Cookies are sugar cookies with style!

3.67 from 3 votes
Rudolph Cookies scattered across a white background with a red mug of hot cocoa
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Rudolph Cookies

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Fridge Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 20
Calories: 128kcal


  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • cup (50 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (240 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons (18 g) ground hazelnuts
  • ½ teaspoon (1.3 g) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) pure vanilla extract

For decoration:

  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) milk chocolate, melted
  • 20 gluten-free red sugar pearl sprinkles or cinnamon imperial candy


  • Preheat the oven to 360°F.
  • Beat the butter and powdered sugar using a mixer for 5-7 minutes. Add granulated sugar and sift in the gluten-free all-purpose flour. Mix for 2 minutes. Add egg, ground hazelnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Knead into a ball with your hands. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Spread the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to about ⅓ inch thick. It’s best to work in batches and keep the rest of the dough in the fridge. Cut out as many cookies as will fit with a round cookie cutter.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes. Cool before decorating. Using a toothpick dipped in melted chocolate, make a deer horn-like decoration on each cookie. Then, make a drop of chocolate on each cookie where the nose should be and immediately glue a red nose from sugar pearl sprinkles or cinnamon imperial candy in its place. Set aside to firm before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Rudolph Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 154IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  1. Ann
    December 15, 2022

    Dough was so dry and flaky it was impossible to knead, and then as tough as a bowling ball after being refrigerated. I followed the recipe to a T!

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