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.
This page will make it easy for you to find all the cookie recipes I’ve shared on my blog, along with a few of my favorite dessert recipes. When I post new recipes, I’ll add them here. And, of course, you can get an ebook with my favorite cookie recipes, including some I’ve never shared anywhere else, when you sign up for my newsletter.
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!
Bar cookie recipes
Bar cookies are gorgeous on a cookie tray. And they’re faster and easier to make than shaped cookies or drop cookies.
Cherry tea bars: These are good with a cup of tea. They also have tea as an ingredient in the filling!
Pecan pie bars: I wanted to make pecan pie bars that tasted like a traditional Southern pecan pie. And all the recipes I found had chocolate or toffee or other ingredients that don’t belong in pecan pie. So I made my own recipe!
Rolled, cut, or shaped cookie recipes
These recipes are especially fun to make with your children.
Traditional sugar cookies: You don’t have to save this recipe for Christmas! There are so many possibilities! Use angel cookie cutters for St. Michael’s Day and the Synaxis of Gabriel, hearts for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, flames for Pentecost.
Impossible coconut cherry cookies: These small round cookies are not like any you’ve had before. You’ll love them.
Alex’s peanut butter cookies: I don’t usually care much for peanut butter cookies. But these three-ingredient cookies are fabulous!
Drop cookie recipes
These are the perfect cookies for after school.
Chocolate chip cookies: This is the cookie recipe that I’ve made so many times, I know it by heart.
Pecan puffs: My youngest child’s favorite cookies. They’re meringue-based. They turn out best if you make them when the air is very dry.
Double chocolate chocolate chip cookies: My sister’s recipe. It’s gluten-free and fabulous!
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 fudge: This is my “cheater fudge” recipe. It’s incredibly easy. You don’t need a candy thermometer. And the dairy-free version is just as good as the traditional dairy version, and just as easy.
These holiday recipes should have been handed down in my family. But they weren’t, so I had to recreate them. I’m still working on the gluten-free, dairy-free versions.
(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie: This dairy-free recipe is low in sugar, and it’s every bit as good as a traditional recipe made with sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk. It’s gluten-free if you use a gluten-free crust.
My mother’s fruitcake recipe: My mother made three different kinds of fruitcake. This was my favorite.
Coconut cake for the new year: This coconut cake is loaded with butter, whipped cream, sour cream, and, yes, coconut. It’s incredible.
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.