As the days start to get a bit longer after a dark and bitter winter, I begin to crave citrus. Something about a burst of fresh summer fruit that makes my tastebuds sing. And a zing of citrus is exactly what these amazing vegan and gluten-free coconut orange cookies are. Requiring no-chill time, you’ll be enjoying a fresh summer-inspired cookie in a flash.
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Vegan & Gluten-Free Coconut Orange Cookies
Thick coconut orange cookies with a chewy melt-in-your-mouth center and light crisp golden edges, these vegan and gluten-free cookies are going to hit the spot. Perfect for an Easter brunch or spring afternoon snack, they are made with coconut oil, full of fresh real orange flavor, and rolled in sweet shredded coconut. Get ready for some serious cookie yum!
How To Achieve Real Orange Flavor
Packed with real orange flavor that will hit your tastebuds with a citrus punch, all you need is a large orange. Start by zesting the orange. You can use a fancy zester or simply the small grating side of a cheese grater. That’s what I did and works like a charm. This orange zest contains all the wonderful fragrant orange oils that will not just make these cookies taste like orange, but smell like orange too.
Creaming the orange zest with coconut oil and sugar will release the sweet citrus essential oils contained in the zest and create a deliciously enticing aroma as soon as you start to mix. Gorgeous little orange zest speckles will appear in these baked coconut cookies creating a beautiful looking, not to mention tasting, cookie.
How To Roll A Cookie in Coconut
I contemplated combining the coconut right into the cookie batter and actually tested the recipe both ways. Shredded coconut in the cookie was tasty but produced a slightly dry cookie. Rolled in shredded coconut, these cookies have a gorgeous crispy texture on the outside while staying incredibly chewy and moist inside.
Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, the coconut may not want to stick to the cookie very well. If that’s the case, get a small bowl of room temperature water and give the rolled cookie dough balls a quick little dunk in the water and then roll them in the coconut. Problem solved!
Vegan and Gluten-Free Tips
As with any and all gluten-free baking, double-check all of your ingredients to ensure they are certified gluten-free. The next step of successful gluten-free baking is to take a look at the gluten-free all-purpose flour blend you are using. Check to see whether it contains xanthan gum or not. Xanthan gum is the metaphorical glue that will hold these cookies together. I’ve included xanthan gum in the recipe but if your blend already contains it, simply omit it.
Eggs used to be a staple in my kitchen for any and all baking. I’m slowly learning that there are lots of easy and accessible egg replacers. Going with the tried and true ground flaxseed, this recipe calls for 1 tablespoon. Ground flaxseed, sometimes called flax meal, combined with liquid, in this case, orange juice, creates a gelatinous emulsifier. This is sometimes referred to as a flax egg.
The Best Vegan & Gluten-Free Coconut Orange Cookies
Thick chewy coconut orange cookies that will melt in your mouth. This easy vegan and gluten-free recipe comes together in a snap and requires zero chill time. Fresh bursts of summer orange citrus combined with sweet shredded coconut produce a bright and truly scrumptious cookie perfect for a spring snack. I bet you’ll enjoy these cookies as much as I did!
Fresh Citrus Baking Ideas
Looking for some bright citrus baking recipes. Here are a few I highly recommend:
- Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
- Pink Lemonade Cake
- Key Lime Pie Cookies
- Key Lime Pie Cake
- Orange Blossom Cake