Gluten free coconut cookies are for the serious coconut lover. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, these allergy-friendly cookies are sure to be a hit!
I know these coconut cookies aren't the most exciting, but after the holidays, I just don't want decadent. I want plain and simple and these fit the bill perfectly! If these aren't exciting enough for you, check out these gluten-free chocolate peanut butter macaroons. Chocolate + peanut butter + coconut. It's a pretty awesome combination.
These coconut cookies have shredded coconut, coconut oil, butter, extract, and flour. I guess this is kind of obvious, but with five different types of coconut ingredients, these are for coconut lovers only! And as a bonus, they're super allergy friendly. These are perfect for anyone who eats grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.
The outsides are perfectly crisp and the centers are chewy. They do tend to get a little crumbly if you bake them too long so be careful to not let the cookies get too brown!
As I've already mentioned, this recipe uses coconut butter. It's not such a common ingredient to have around, so if you don't have any or can't find any, don't fret. You can simply leave it out. I've made these with and without it and the only difference is that they're slightly crumbly without it.
And don't get your coconut butter and coconut oil confused! Coconut butter is the ground meat of a coconut, whereas coconut oil is just the fat extracted from the meat. And to make things even more confusing, coconut butter also goes by creamed coconut and coconut cream. Before buying expensive coconut butter on Amazon, try your local Asian food shop. Mine has creamed coconut for only a few dollars and it's as thick and creamy as the more expensive kind.
If these coconut cookies sound good but you just don't feel like turning on the oven, try these grain-free coconut balls. They're ready to go in less than 5 minutes! Or if you don't happen to have coconut flour handy, these whole wheat coconut muffins are sure to please.