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Coconut orange cookies covered in shredded white coconut. There is a cookie in front with a bite taken out of it leaning up against the other cookies.

Coconut Orange Cookies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 27 Minutes
  • Yield: 8-9 Large Cookies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A fresh burst of bright citrus in every single bite. These easy vegan and gluten-free coconut orange cookies are thick, chewy, and will practically melt in your mouth.


  • ½ cup (120ml) coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar *
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 ¼ (160g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum **
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (120g) shredded coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a cookie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl on a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with electric beaters, combine the coconut oil and sugar and cream together on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the orange zest and mix on high for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add in the orange juice and flaxseed and mix until combined.
  5. Add in the gluten-free flour, baking powder, xanthan gum (see note), and salt and mix until a dough forms.
  6. With a large 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls and roll in the shredded coconut. Place the cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheet approximately 3 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown.
  8. Allow the cookies to fully cool on the cookie sheet. Enjoy!
  9. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 6 months.


* Granulated sugar can easily be swapped for cane sugar or coconut sugar

** Omit xanthan gum if your gluten-free flour blend already contains it

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookies
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 15 Grams
  • Sodium: 29 Miligrams
  • Fat: 7 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 4 Grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 Gram
  • Trans Fat: 0 Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 26 Grams
  • Fiber: 1 Gram
  • Protein: 1 Gram
  • Cholesterol: 26 Miligrams

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