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Quick Cranberry Coconut Cookies (Gluten-Free)


The finished quick cranberry coconut cookies. Photo: CC-veganbaking

Using a pre-made baking mix can often be hit or miss. Truly making them your own comes with the personal ingredients you add. Thick coconut shavings give these cookies phenomenal texture. The cranberries add a nice layer of sweetness that to try and have just one—even two—of these simple indulgences is near impossible.

Ingredients:
3 cups gluten-free baking mix (for these, I like Pamela’s brand)
2 cups sugar
1 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (check for gluten-free)
1 ½ cups dried cranberries
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, butter, orange zest, vanilla and egg.

Slowly add sugar and butter mixture to a larger bowl with baking mix, cinnamon and salt. Gently stir until well-combined. Fold in cranberries and coconut flakes. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Preheat over to 350° F and grease or line 2 baking sheets. Roll firmed dough into about 30 1-2-inch balls and align on sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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Susan
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11 Apr 2011 9:32:02 AM PST
I have problems with this recipe on 2 counts--first HOW could it come from a source called "vegan baking" when it contains a cup of butter? Second, why when we develop celiac disease, do we give ourselves a free pass on healthy eating? On what planet would any average health-conscious adult make a recipe that's this bad for heart, weight, blood glucose levels?? I know it's decidedly hard to make healthy baked products that taste good without wheat flour, but what are we trading our gut problems in for when every posted sweet recipe is a heart attack on a plate?

 
Joseph
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12 Apr 2011 4:36:22 PM PST
IF YOU DONT LIKE IT, DONT MAKE IT SUSAN!
Does being a celiac automatically mean you cant eat anything with sugar?

Some of us like cookies!

 
mom
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15 Feb 2012 7:52:30 PM PST
Relax a little. We love this recipe.

 
Diane
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11 Apr 2011 5:11:38 PM PST
I completely agree. It has to be healthy for me to even consider it.

 
Suzanne
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12 Apr 2011 7:25:46 AM PST
I read an occasional article regarding wine and consume an occasional glass. This does not make me an alcoholic. I enjoy having an occasional non-processed, homemade cookie with butter. That does not mean I live on a different planet and/or disregard my health. It's called moderation, dear. Try it in your diet...and in your blog postings.

 
Lisa Wu
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12 Apr 2011 12:12:57 PM PST
It's a recipe for cookies. Relax Susan.

 
Jefferson Adams
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13 Apr 2011 12:05:39 PM PST
Susan- The photo, not the recipe, comes from vegan baking. So, the cookies in the photo are likely vegan, but this recipe makes no such claim. Secondly, I think it's a bit disingenuous to criticize a cookie recipe if you don't like cookies, or baked goods or such. The recipe is for people who want to make a tasty gluten-free cookie. I think it should be weighed on those merits. Lastly, as for healthy eating, celiac.com offers many healthy recipes. If you look, I'm sure you will find recipes that work for you.

 
Deborah
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14 Apr 2011 11:24:31 AM PST
Maybe the people that think real butter is so bad for you and adhere to a low fat diet might benefit from going to westonaprice.org and read their articles on fat. It is pretty enlightening.

 
Jefferson Adams
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20 Apr 2011 4:26:15 PM PST
Yes! Weston A. Price rules! I eat butter, cream, milk (all raw), eggs, and meat (all local, organic), and I'm trim and healthy! Nothing "lowfat" or "nonfat" or "diet" touches my lips...ever!

 
al s
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23 Sep 2011 7:17:28 PM PST
Susan; they are cookies for crying out loud, they are not supposed to be good for you and unless you are going to sit down and eat the whole batch you will survive 2 or 3 cookies I'm sure. Chew on a root if you want a low sugar snack.

 
Phyllis
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08 Dec 2011 4:52:12 AM PST
Why would anyone think that we'd eat this kind of "unhealthy" food on a regular basis?? A little bit of a "not so healthy" treat once in a while ... Christmas! ... isn't going to make a difference. Eat a cookie and then get back on track with more healthy food choices. Fact is, as gluten-intolerant people, we're deprived of many tasty foods, so let's splurge for a cookie or two during the holidays. Merry Christmas to all GF folks!

 
Christina
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18 Dec 2011 1:15:15 PM PST
I do not appreciate your preaching. You do not get to decide what the rest of the world eats. All I want to know when I read comments is: did the recipe work or not. And if you believe you are saving the world with such aggressive comments, think again. If anything, you might provoke a person to feel the urge to eat an entire cheesecake simply out of rebellion.

 
Sarah
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20 Jan 2012 3:48:23 PM PST
Free choice Susan, don't eat it. Make your own. And there's always a subsitution. Lighten up!!

 
Wpgman
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11 Jun 2012 5:06:34 PM PST
Who cares, as long as it is tasty. I don't care where it comes from. I personally can limit myself to a few at a time. I'm so sorry that you can't.

 
brenda
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12 Apr 2011 7:37:18 PM PST
I am thrilled to find this recipe! My 16 year old type 1 diabetic, celiac disease daughter just asked me if I would make her some cookies. Something she seldom "splurges" on. Looking forward in trying this out tonight. I will use half Splenda/ half sugar and let you know how they turn out.

 
Ren
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13 Apr 2011 7:40:27 AM PST
I have to agree with Susan. While these cookies LOOK delicious, I can't justify the butter and sugar...I will, however, attempt to make it using applesauce or bananas for the butter and cut down on the sugar, and if that works, it will be considerably better for my heart.

 
Michelle
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11 Oct 2011 11:00:34 AM PST
These cookies were some of the best gluten free cookies I have had! I will definitely make them again. Walnuts were a wonderful addition.

 
Brenda
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21 Dec 2013 5:16:26 PM PST
Tried these but didn't use Pamela's GF flour which probably would have made a difference. I've never seen Pamela's where I shop. Dry and sandy and not very good unfortunately.

 
madgirl999
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05 Mar 2014 4:05:25 AM PST
FOR GOODNESS SAKE SUSAN! Get a grip...my celiac daughter tells you to shut up!

 
Carla
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22 Dec 2014 12:00:06 PM PST
Excellent recipe... I tried it and love it. Thank you...




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