Soft Coconut Flour Sugar Cookies: Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free
Simple, soft, and fun to make. These coconut flour sugar cookies are a tasty treat for any occasion! A soft coconut flour cookie recipe that's based around real-food ingredients means they're perfect for kids! Being that this gluten-free sugar cookie recipe uses primarily honey as a sweetener and is a great addition to a Holiday party or midafternoon gathering. Likewise, top with your favorite dairy-free sugar cookie icing and you're good to go!
Back when I coached figure competitors (insane right??) we used to call coconut flour "a figure competitors best friend". Because of the fact that they didn't get a lot of bread and muffins really close to the show, coconut flour was one we could keep in due to its low carb content. Similarly, the best part about coconut flour is that it absorbs liquid so it still feels dense too- not like other flours that don't fill you.
This is exactly why you'll love these soft, coconut flour sugar cookies!
- Easy to make
- Minimal processed sugars
- Perfect for any gathering
- They won't leave you bloated or with that "full" feeling
- Soft and comforting
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Are The Coconut Flour Sugar Cookies Sweet?
Because the soft coconut flour sugar cookies use primarily honey, they're not overly sweet. I personally enjoy this as they're great for smaller kids!
However, if you want to sweeten them up a bit you can:
- dust the top with extra cane sugar
- top them with a royal icing
- top them with dairy-free sugar cookie icing (below)
Though traditionally sugar cookies are overly sweet, these coconut flour sugar cookies are soft, tasty, and comforting- without overkill on the sweet factor.
Do They Hold Together?
Yes! You do need to let the batter sit for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the liquid but after that, they firm up nicely.
Keep in mind that when rolling them out, try not to make them too thin or the smush up when getting them onto the cookie sheet. instead, roll the dough to ¼ inch thick or slightly more.
Once baked, the cookies are soft, slightly dense, and hold together perfectly.
Icing The Sugar Cookies
Now, to be honest, icing isn't really my thing. As a busy mom, I don't have time to make the sugar cookies look like little trains with different colors or whatnot. If you want to ice your soft coconut flour sugar cookies traditionally, you'll want to make royal icing and color it.
Royal icing is still dairy-free and gluten-free but it is LOADED with sugar. In contrast, you'll notice that this gluten-free sugar cookie recipe is actually not that sugar dense. Sweet but not sugar-based. Likewise, I also do my best to use natural sugars (honey and maple syrup) when I can. Thus, royal icing is not something I would use.
However, there is another option!
I've been whipping up a super speedy, dairy-free icing recipe that I find is working really well. I love it because:
- there are only three ingredients (color aside)
- it hardens just like "normal" icing
- slightly less sugar dense
Dairy-Free Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe
If you want to "fancy-up" the gluten-free sugar cookie recipe and give it some icing, this dairy-free sugar cookie icing recipe is perfect. It's made from coconut milk powder which is a great healthy fat. Thus, it's dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Nevertheless, some coconut milk powders contain sugar so take a peek at the back of the ingredients! I personally use one without added sugar.
For the sugar cookie icing simply whisk together:
- 5 tbs coconut milk powder
- 2 tbs coconut oil (measured solid and then melted)
- 2 tbs cane sugar
First, heat the coconut oil and ensure there are no clumps in the coconut milk powder. Then, mix together all the ingredients until ultra-smooth. Finally, place the sugar cookie icing into a plastic bag, cut the corner, and pipe it on!
Such a simple alternative to anything fancy and much, MUCH, healthier.
Color Options For The Icing
Again, I'm not overly fancy when it comes to decorating cakes, cookies, or cupcakes! But one thing is for sure, I do my best not the negative effects of food dyes to use traditional coloring options (read more about ). If I want to color the sugar cookie icing I use:
- a tiny bit of beet powder (it makes everything pink)
- crushed EnergyBits tablets (a light green, use code mamabear to save some money and learn more about why these tabs are a staple in my diet!)
- Blue spirulina powder
Regarding this, I find that you only need a tiny bit of the powders (¼ teaspoon ish) to get a nice light color. But again, use what you're comfortable with!
- coconut flour
- oat flour
- baking powder
- cinnamon (optional)
- cane sugar
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
Dusting The Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
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How To Make The Coconut Flour Sugar Cookies
First, in a large bowl combine the initial five ingredients. Mix well and ensure there are no clumps from the coconut flour.
Then, melt the coconut oil and whisk together the remaining five ingredients.
Finally, pour wet into dry and mix until everything is combined. Let sit in the bowl for 5-7 minutes. Coconut oil absorbs moisture so this will thicken the batter.
Lay a piece of saran wrap on the counter and place dough into the center. Wrap into a ball and place in the freezer for twenty minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Remove the dough from the freezer and place the ball between two pieces of parchment paper.
Roll until dough is about ¼ inch thick.
Note: you want the dough to be thicker as it's easier to make molds this way. Likewise, you also need to move fast so it doesn't completely thaw
With a cookie cutter, cut the dough into desired shapes and use a silicone spatula to lay on a baking pan on parchment paper.
Roll, cut, and repeat until all the dough is used.
In a small bowl combine the stevia and cinnamon. Dust the cookies with the topping (you can also sift through a fine-mesh strainer for this).
Cook in the oven for 8 minutes, flip the pan, and cook for another five. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for thirty minutes. This helps them firm up so don't try to move them too early!
Store in the fridge.
Makes 14 cookies depending on molds.
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