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    Quick Cranberry Coconut Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    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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    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?

    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 gluten-free folks!

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    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?

    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.

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    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?

    Free choice Susan, don't eat it. Make your own. And there's always a subsitution. Lighten up!!

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    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!

    Relax a little. We love this recipe.

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    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?

    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.

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    Tried these but didn't use Pamela's gluten-free 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.

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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