Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Coconut Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I came up with these while trying to make something as a Christmas gift for a friend who cannot have gluten or dairy products and these turned out pretty good (after a failed attempt at butter-free, gluten-free shortbread). I drizzled with some melted dark chocolate for a more elegant look. My friend gave it a great review, so I'm posting it here for others to enjoy. Bon apetit!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together the corn starch and flour in one bowl.
  2. Mix the margarine and sugar until fluffy in another bowl (I did this by hand).
  3. Add vanilla or orange extract, if using, to the margarine mixture.
  4. Add flour mixture to margarine mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon onto a very lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes until golden brown on the edges.
  7. This will make about 16 cookies (2" in diameter).
  8. You can drizzle with some melted chocolate after they have cooled for the extra flavor and visual effect.
Most Helpful

I have multiple allergies and a sweet tooth. These were wonderful! I used tapioca starch instead of the cornstarch and didn't have any orange extract so used vanilla extract but they would be good with citrus and I think lemon zest would be yummy too. My non-allergic husband and kids ate these up. Thank you!

Chrishanna April 29, 2010

These were excellent! I did use shortening and regular flour because I'm only DF, not GF, but they still turned out excellent. A great flavor and texture, easy to make, and they made the house smell DELICIOUS!

Riaketty May 04, 2009

Mmm delish! I added some lime zest and these was great! I might use this recipe for key lime pie crust next.

Kiki D. January 18, 2009