Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe | Gluten Free Coconut Shortbread Cookies [Video]

Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe with step by step video instructions. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are gluten-free biscuits made from coconut flour. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are made with just 4 ingredients and are vegetarian, eggless, and fit a Jain diet.

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Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies

I wonder where the coconut flour was hiding all this while!

I went through a phase of eating gluten free food for a few months and I must say I felt so much better. It is a lot of work though as gluten free is not a concept that is widely known in India. While a lot of South Indian food is traditionally gluten free, as it is mostly rice or millet based, restaurants tend to either add in flour as a way of improving texture or just to get instant results. So, it is very easy to mistakenly eat gluten when eating out. Hence, came the need to make everything at home from scratch. While daily food was easy to give up, I had a hard time with sweets, my sweet tooth and all. I missed my cookies and tea, especially as I watched Raj munch on them from afar.

So, I made my own cookies!! Gluten free Cookies!! I made Almond Flour Cookies and these amazing Coconut Flour Cookies. Unfortunately, they are amazing. Yes, unfortunately, coz it means that your family who doesn't care about gluten are now snacking away on your amazing fragrant cookies. I had to literally hide my cookies from them!

Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Are you in love with Coconuts? I sure am. Born a coconut fan. So the best part of these cookies for me was the pure taste of coconut through and through.

The details...

The cookies follow a very simple recipe with just 4 ingredients. It is a mix, knead, chill, cut and bake.

A regular shortbread cookie has the easiest measurements, 1:1:1, that is, 1 cup flour, 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar. I almost followed the same. The only ingredient I was cautious about was the sugar. I added it on the go as per taste. And with this cookie dough, believe me, you will be tasting a lot **wink**.

So to start off, mix the coconut flour, butter, vanilla and half of the sugar. I added vanilla for added flavor, plus I love the wafting smell of vanilla while the cookie bakes. Since the coconut flour has no gluten, you will not get a kneadable dough. Just combine until everything comes together. Add more powdered sugar as you taste it and feel the need for more sweetness. You can also add milk to help the dough combine, but since there is no gluten, it will never hold like regular cookie dough.

Once the dough is completely combined, we will chill it in the fridge. If you are short for time, chill it in the freezer for 30 minutes. To chill the dough, place it in a plastic wrap and chill. You can also shape the dough like a log and later just slice the cookies and bake. That actually seemed easier, but I had already chilled it like a ball. If you chilled it like a ball, gently knead the dough and cut out cookies in the desired shape. Bake until golden on the edges.

The cookies tend to get slightly harder as they age, which is after about a week. But you can microwave them and warm them up or just dunk in hot milk/tea and enjoy. They still taste the same.

Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies

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Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe | Gluten Free Coconut Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread CookiesCoconut Shortbread Cookies are gluten-free biscuits made from coconut flour. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are made with just 4 ingredients and are vegetarian, eggless, and fit a Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     75 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Total time:     1 Hour 30 Minutes
Yield:                Makes 20-25 cookies


1 cup Coconut Flour
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup unsalted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp Milk (Optional)


1. Mix softened butter with coconut flour, vanilla and half the powdered sugar.
2. Mix until combined. Taste and add more sugar if required.
3. Add milk as needed to help the dough come together.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes too.
5. You can either shape the cookie dough as a log before chilling or as a ball of dough.
6. After 60 minutes, unwrap the dough and knead it until about 6-8 mm thickness. Don't make it too thin. Cut out cookies using a cookie cutter and lay on a baking tray in a single layer.
7. If you chilled the cookie dough as a log, you can slice the cookies and lay them on a baking tray.
8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
9. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
10. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight box at room temperature.

Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies

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  1. Hi there tried this recipe but as I am in europe, am struggling to get amounts correct, so best I can find is that a cup of butter is twice the weight of coconut flour so 2:1 ratio of butter to flour is that right??

    1. Hi Baroque, I did not measure the ingredients by weight, but I did use the same cup to measure both - the butter and the coconut flour.