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Toasted Coconut Sugar Cookies

These chewy Coconut Sugar Cookies are ultra chewy and packed with shredded coconut. Best of all, they’re gluten-free!

A stack of toasted coconut sugar cookies, garnished with coconut flakes.

Creating These Gluten-Free Coconut Cookies

Baking cookies is one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I was a little girl I always loved baking cookies.

But that changed when I went gluten-free…

This was over three years ago now and I stopped baking. I didn’t know how anymore. I didn’t know what the flour combinations were, I’d never heard of xanthan gum and I was pretty discouraged.

But how do you get better at something you don’t know much about? Practice. As we learn when we’re little, “practice makes perfect”, and I’m happy to say I’ve learned how to make excellent gluten-free cookies.

These toasted coconut cookies are my latest creation. They are simply divine!

They taste like sugar cookies, but have big chunks of toasted coconut in each bite. They’re thin and chewy, but surprisingly healthy. Full of healthy fats, no refined sugar, and made with whole grain gluten-free flours.

Ingredients for Coconut Sugar Cookies

To make these easy chewy coconut cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Millet flour
  • Tapioca starch
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Cashew butter
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Eggs

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Can I Use Coconut Flour in This Recipe?

I’m afraid that wouldn’t work in this coconut sugar cookies recipe. Coconut flour is its own animal when it comes to baking and needs completely different ratios of liquid.

Overhead view of a stack of toasted coconut sugar cookies, garnished with coconut flakes.

How to Make Coconut Sugar Cookies

Even though these are gluten-free coconut cookies, they’re simple to make and require no special prep work.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut flakes out on a dry baking sheet and toast in the oven for 7 – 8 minutes, tossing around until toasted.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients together.
  4. Add wet to the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
  5. Fold in the toasted coconut.
  6. Scoop tablespoons of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake on the center rack until the edges of the cookies have started to brown.

What Type of Coconut Flakes Should I Use?

You’ll want to use unsweetened coconut flakes to make these chewy toasted coconut cookies. Using sweetened shredded coconut would result in sickly sweet cookies.

How to Store Coconut Sugar Cookies

These cookies keep well in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll last up to five days, noting that they dry out slightly over time.

Can Coconut Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes! You can freeze the baked cookies as well as the raw cookie dough. Here are my exact instructions on how to freeze cookie dough.

A stack of toasted coconut cookies, garnished with coconut flakes.

Tips for Making Toasted Coconut Cookies

  • Head over to this post to learn how to toast coconut flakes in 3 different ways (they’re all super easy!), how to store toasted coconut, how long toasted coconut lasts, and the many different ways you can use this fun, tasty ingredient!
  • If you have a nut allergy in your house, you’re likely fine to substitute the cashew butter with a nut-free alternative.
  • These would make excellent coconut Christmas cookies. Since they’re gluten-free, you can safely cater to multiple diets!

More Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes:

Soft Cinnamon Roll Cookies that are rolled with a brown sugar, cinnamon, raisin, and pecan filling and drizzled with a vanilla glaze. Best of all, they’re easily made gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies made with pudding mix, cream cheese, and mixed with white chocolate pieces. Soft, chewy, and so good!

These soft and chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars are made a mixture of old fashioned rolled oats, plump raisins, and chopped pecans.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can always head over to check out the recipe index to look for more recipes.

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Toasted Coconut Sugar Cookies

Toasted Coconut Sugar Cookies

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These chewy Coconut Sugar Cookies are ultra chewy and packed with shredded coconut. Best of all, they're gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup softened coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut flakes out on a dry baking sheet and toast in the oven for 7 - 8 minutes, tossing around until toasted. Remove and let cool.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients together.
  4. Add wet to the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Fold in toasted coconut.
  5. Scoop tablespoons of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until no dough remains.
  6. Bake on the center rack for 13 - 15 minutes until the edges of the cookies have started to brown.
  7. Let cool on the pan for 3 - 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 146Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 19mgSodium 140mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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