gluten free pavlova cookies

Pavlova Cookie – Gluten Free Cookie Recipe

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is munching on pavlova cookies while watching horrible sappy holiday movies. I have a sick obsession with the Hallmark channel and all that comes with their holiday lineup. The Christmas Prince on Netflix was actually amazing and sparked a huge debate of amazingness with my friends on Facebook. As I’m writing this I’m watching a Hallmark movie called My Christmas Prince which is basically the exact same story with different actors in a different made up country. Thankfully I have these pavlova cookies to keep my strength up after all this ugly crying.

Pavlova has always had a special place in my heart. For years it was the centerpiece of our family Christmas dinners. The giant whipped masterpiece topped with a mountain of whipped cream and fresh berries still brings a smile to my face. We started enjoying it after much the family, and subsequently our family dinners, went gluten free. Gluten free made us all feel better digestively and so we had to find a delicious swap for our typical holiday desserts. Pavlova was the perfect solution.

Pavlova Cookie – Gluten Free Recipe

Pavlova Cookie – Gluten Free Recipe


  • 3 cups Icing Sugar (aka confectioners sugar)
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in egg whites, vanilla and vinegar with a hand mixer until smooth.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and prepare your baking trays, lined with silpats or parchment.
  5. Scoop 1 tbsp size cookies with lots of space around them as they tend to spread.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and then allow to cool on wire racks for 10-15 minutes before enjoying or boxing.
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These cookies combine that amazing light flavor of the perfect dessert without all the laborious whipping. Plus it turns a crowd pleasing dessert into a bite size treat. These cookies keep really well too for cookie exchanges because they have the crunchy coating of the meringue to lock in the chewiness of the center. Gluten free pavlova will soon be a holiday tradition in your home too. The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make. Very few ingredients, hardly any mixing and a very short cook time. These pavlova cookies couldn’t be easier to make and share with friends and family.

Now excuse me while I weep tears of happiness, the prince has just proposed and a royal wedding is underway!

Happy Holidays,

with love from alexandra napoli

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