My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Coconut Cookies

These cookies have a wonderful flavor with a hint of coconut. I also love the chewiness that the coconut adds to the cookies.

Coconut Cookies

1 cup dairy-free margarine
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp water, 3 tbsp oil and 2 tsp baking powder - mixed together
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup shredded coconut

Use a hand mixer to cream the margarine and sugar. Add the vanilla and the water-oil-baking powder mixture and cream again. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.. Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the coconut and mix well. Shape the dough into small balls and place them on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms.
*  These also make a very good butter cookie if you omit the coconut.
*  Makes about 140 small cookies (I baked 35 cookies per baking sheet).


  1. These look yummy! I need to make cookies today actually - I think I will give these a try!

  2. So when I made these this afternoon, I discovered I had orange extract sitting right next to the vanilla extract so on a whim I used that instead. It worked well together! I imagine you could use some pineapple extract and call them pina colada cookies!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Bethany,

    That sounds wonderful. Thanks for the great idea.