When my kids were small, I tried to make sure they had cookies for whatever occasions came along. At Christmas, of course, we made dozens and dozens of special holiday cookies. But we also made ordinary cookies for ordinary days. Some of them, I made so often that I didn’t even need to refer to the recipe.
I’ve been learning to make cookies and desserts that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in refined sugar. This page will make it easy for you to find these recipes. And you can find more recipes in the index.
Cookie recipes that are gluten-free and dairy-free
The recipes in this section are gluten-free and dairy-free by nature. They’re not adapted from “regular” recipes. You can, of course, make most cookie recipes dairy-free by substituting coconut oil for the butter. And you can make them gluten-free by using a 1:1 baking flour substitute instead of regular all purpose flour. Just don’t try subbing oat flour or almond flour for all purpose flour. I’ve done it. It doesn’t work. To use alternative flours, you need recipes that were designed for them.
Always check labels when you cook for someone with food allergies, to be sure that your ingredients are in fact gluten-free (or dairy-free or nut-free). And keep in mind that some people can’t eat food that was prepared in a kitchen where foods they can’t eat also prepared, because of the risk of cross-contact. If someone declines to eat a gluten-free or dairy-free treat that you made, understand that they’re not rejecting you, and they would share your food if they could.
Impossible coconut cherry cookies: These little cookies might seem like they’re more trouble than they’re worth. But wait until you try them!
Pecan puffs: My youngest child’s favorite cookie, these are brown-sugar meringues with ground pecans.
Double chocolate chocolate chip cookies: My sister’s recipe is so good that even people who don’t need to be gluten-free will gobble these cookies up.
Alex’s peanut butter cookies: This three-ingredient cookie recipe is easy, and it makes the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had.
Recipes for cookies with no refined sugar
So far, I’ve only got one recipe in this section. I’m still trying to come up with more that are not only made without sugar or honey or maple syrup or artificial sweeteners, but are also delicious. If you have such a recipe, let me know!
Impossible coconut cherry cookies: I love these. This is the only cookie recipe I have that is really appropriate for my anti-inflammatory diet. And the cookies are yummy!
My favorite gluten-free, dairy-free sweets and desserts that aren’t cookies
Cookies are wonderful. But sometimes you need something something a little more formal.
Tofu chocolate pie: The other name for this pie is The Most Amazing Chocolate Pie Ever. And it is! No one would ever know it had tofu in it, if you didn’t tell them. But because some people are allergic to soy, you should tell them.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened banana bread: This may be the best banana bread you’ve ever had. And it works for so many people on special diets. At Pascha, serve it with dairy-free paska cheese spread.
Dairy-free chocolate mousse: This is one of my favorite desserts of all time. It’s creamy, rich, and delicious.
Meringue cups with strawberries and creme anglaise: Dairy-free, gluten-free, and as elegant as a dessert can be.
Easy dairy-free fudge: This is my “cheater fudge” recipe. It’s incredibly easy. You don’t need a candy thermometer. And it’s dairy-free!
Tools you should have to make cookies
None of these are essential, but I use all of them. They make cookie-making easier, and you get better results. You should be able to get all of them at your local kitchen store. If you don’t have a local kitchen store, use my affiliate links and I’ll get a small commission that helps support this website.
- A stand mixer
- Cookie scoops (they look like miniature ice cream scoops)
- Insulated cookie sheets
- Parchment paper to line the cookie sheets
- Cooling racks
- Cookie cutters: angel, hearts, shamrock, flame
“Let ALL the little children come,” including those on a gluten-free diet: Victoria Marckx, church school director at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba, explains why and how to provide foods that everyone can enjoy at church dinners and coffee hour.
The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave: A Review: This picture book tells the story of St. Euphrosynos, the patron saint of cooks and kitchens.