Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps

A white plate of gluten free oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and dried cranberries

These Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies are ideal for holiday cookie swaps and get togethers. Since the holidays are a busy time, I’ve created a basic oatmeal cookie recipe that can be made into different versions by changing one or two ingredients.

That way, you can bring oatmeal raisin cranberry cookies to one cookie exchange. Oatmeal raisin cookies to another. 

Chocolate oatmeal cookies to a third, and so on just by changing the “mix ins” – what you mix into the gluten free oatmeal cookie recipe – such as raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, dried cranberries, and more.

These cookies are gluten free, but are so tasty that even those who aren’t avoiding gluten won’t even notice!

Cookies for Santa placemat with a plate of gluten free oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and raisins, a glass of milk with a straw, and a Santa spatula

Get creative with your gluten free oatmeal cookie baking.

Not only are these oatmeal cookies convenient to make, you can do flavor combinations making these cookies truly unique.

If you have leftover raisins and chocolate chips, do a half and half mixture! Or combine cranberries, raisins, and chocolate for a special cookie combo.

Try some unique mix ins like sugar free candied ginger, sugar free candied pecans, or unsweetened shredded coconut.

For those of you who are nut free but like a crunch, try seeds like sunflower, pumpkin or pine nuts.

You can also bake up a mixed batch of gf oatmeal cookies by dividing the dough in half and mix 1/2 cup of this type of mix in and 1/2 cup of another type of mix in.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

Making a gluten free oatmeal cookie

Since I try to make my recipes gluten free, I’ve used an all-purpose gluten free flour.

I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, which measures and cooks up just like regular flour and is terrific for cookie baking.

Oats: While oats are naturally gluten free, you want to use a brand like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats that is certified to be gluten free.

Chocolate chips: I love using Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips in my baked good since they’re gluten free and dairy free.

Mix-ins: You should make sure all the mixed-in ingredients are also gluten free. Obviously, nuts, dried cranberries, coconut, seeds, and raisins are naturally gluten free.

(Check out my  Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!)

This Mama’s tips for making a gluten free oatmeal cookie recipe

To make this oatmeal cookie recipe as guilt free as possible, I’ve made a few substitutions.

Monk fruit: I like making oatmeal cookies with monk fruit to cut back on the refined sugar. Powdered monk fruit is a natural, no calorie sweetener that doesn't have a bitter aftertaste like some other no calorie sweeteners.

You can also use Swerve (granular) sweetener, which is very popular with people on Keto diets. I love using Swerve in my baking as it cooks up just like regular sugar.

Butter or buttery spread? If you want these healthy oatmeal cookies to be dairy free, use a vegan buttery spread.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

More gluten free cookie recipes

Bake up more gluten free cookies for your  Christmas cookie exchange:

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Pine Nut Cookies

Lemon Flavored Meringue Cookies

Peppermint Thumbprint Hershey Kiss Cookies

Easy to Make Filled Sugar Cookie Cups

Gluten Free Crunchy Energy Bites

These easy oatmeal cookies make a great gift, too!

For a gift exchange, you can put the dry ingredients for the oatmeal cookies plus one “mix in” (or a combination) in a Mason jar.

Layer them to make a cool effect and a pretty presentation!

(For tips on how to do this, check out Must Have Mom’s Reindeer Cookie’s In a Jar Recipe. Having a wide mouthed funnel is a must!)

Then tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, and print out the directions straight from this blog post. (Just click on the Print Recipe button.)

Fold up the instructions and put them in an envelope with your holiday card. You may also want to include a label on the jar.

A white plate of gluten free oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and dried cranberries

Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttery spread
  • 1 1/2 cups monk fruit (or other sugar substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup “mix in” of your choice or a combination (raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, seeds, etc.)

Directions

  1. Place butter spread, monk fruit, molasses, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and beat on medium speed until well blended. (You can do this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.)
  2. In another bowl, combine gluten free flour mix, baking soda, baking powder, soda, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir until well blended.
  3. Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir until well blended and smooth.
  4. Add in the oats and “mix in” of your choice. (I chose 1/2 cup dairy free mini-chocolate chips and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.) Stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Position a rack in the upper third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets with cooking spray or use a silicon baking mat.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. With your hand, lightly press the cookie down to form a 1/2 inch thick cookie.
  7. One sheet at a time, bake 8-9 minutes. Prepare next baking sheet as the previous one bakes. The cookies are done when firm to the touch when gently pressed in the middle.
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 66 cookies (2” wide)
  • Serving size: varies

Originally published on December 12, 2014 and November 30, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps is the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe for Christmas cookie exchanges and homemade holiday gifts. By adding ingredients like cranberries, chocolate chips or raisins, you can make a variety of gluten-free oatmeal cookies. These holiday cookie swap cookies are also dairy free. #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookies #cookieswap #cookieexchange #baking

9 thoughts on “Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      I think you could get away with no molasses. You could substitute honey or agave. Or just leave it out. If you feel the cookie batter is a little dry, add a tablespoon of milk or water.

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  1. David @ Spiced

    These cookies look amazing! Oatmeal cookies are one of my all-time favorites, but I’ve never made them with monk fruit. I’m going to have to give this recipe a shot soon! Thanks for sharing! #client

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