Lemon Advents cookies. Gluten free and perfect edible gifts

A gift of cookies

Fresh baked lemon and almond cookies

While everyone is focused on what to make for Turkey Day, I’m already racing ahead to that OMG it’s almost Advent feeling. Being half German and having grown up with a German mom and German traditions at home, Advent is a big deal. A really lovely big deal. In some ways I love the concept of it more than Christmas, because it lasts for weeks instead of days and it’s a great excuse to endulge and feel thoroughly engrossed in ‘Holidayishness’.

So, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I’ll set up an Advents wreath – with four candles. One candle is lit for each Sunday in Advent. I’ll put out the initial Christmas decorations and, most importantly I’ll bake a stash of Advents cookies. Advents cookies come in various shapes and sizes. There are many traditional recipes. The question I found myself asking this week is which could I successfully make gluten free?

I dug out my trusty German Christmas cookie baking book

Weinachtsbaeckerei book

And, to my pleasant surprise, I realized that there are a few cookies that are naturally gluten free. No need to convert the recipe. Woo hoo. Some ingredients aren’t readily available here in the U.S and so a bit of jiggery pokery is required, but I’m feeling inspired and my Advent bake-off started today with lemon bakes. They have a rich texture and are a delicious combination of lemon and almonds. They are far too tasty to only be enjoyed at this time of year. As they are super simple to make, I have deemed them as a perfect edible gift that I will be able to rustle up without too much ado.

I popped over to the Container Store (a perfect outing with the dog in the rain, as they are super dog friendly in there and he gets treats while I stand in line to pay) and picked up some lovely silver cake/cookie tins. Pop a ribbon around them and voila, a perfect package for these tasty treats.

These are the first of several cookie recipes that I intend to try and share this Advent.

Alta at Tasty Eats At Home is hosting a round up of edible gifts this week. There are some delicious treats to be found from a host of amazing gluten free bloggers.

How to make lemon Advents cookies


2 egg whites

7oz/200g of sugar (I use raw cane)

1 lemon

14oz/400g Almond flour

How to make

1. Beat the egg whites until stiff.

2. Mix in the sugar, a small amount at a time. Then add the lemon juice and grated rind from the lemon.

3. Add in the almond flour and mix well into a dough.

4. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour

5. Prepare baking tray/s with parchment paper and brush on a little butter or ‘spread’ to grease.

6. Spoon small mounds of the dough onto the baking tray. Mark with a fork for texture, if desired.

7. Bake for 20 mins at 345˚F/175˚C

6. Cool and add a little frosting on top, if desired. I made them without, but will add next time.

Stage 1 of making lemond/almond cookies

Mix together egg, sugar, lemon juice and lemon rind

mix in almond flour

Mix in almond flour

Mix into a dough

Mix into a dough

Chill dough in fridge

Chill dough in the fridge

Bake cookies for 20 mins

Bake cookies for 20 mins at 345˚F

Cookies as a gift

Make the perfect edible gift

Find a great round up of more festive gluten free cookies at the Sensitive Pantry’s blog…


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  1. Alta says:

    Oh wow these sound good! I’m a huge fan of lemon and almond. Thanks for linking up to GF Holiday.

  2. Nicola, my Dad was half German, so we always included the traditions of Advent in our house. My Mom also would make a lot of German cookies during the holidays. These cookies look wonderful, and I just love the combination of both the almond flour and lemon. Thank you so much for sharing your traditions with us! ;)

  3. Naturally gluten-free cookies with lemon and almond–love them, Nicola! I do like the concept of Advent with the ongoing feelings of joy and goodness. :-) That book looks so lovely, Nicola. I’m weak for any Christmas books. I collect children’s Christmas books and look forward to bringing them out each year. ;-)


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  5. We have a perpetual advent calendar we started when my son was still a toddler. It’s the first Christmas decoration that goes up in our house every year (reminds me that today’s the day!). I love the simplicity of these cookies. Thanks for linking to the Calling All Cookies! exchange.

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  7. Linda says:

    My husband would love these, and they sound easy enough to make.

  8. Katherine says:

    Hi, these look great!

    Just wondering what kind of frosting you would use? And also whether you could freeze these?

    • nstockmann says:

      Hi Katherine, if you’d like to use frosting, I’d make a lemon frosting. I’ve never frozen them – I guess anything is worth a try. ;-). Best Nicola

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