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German Chocolate Cookies — Gluten and Dairy Free

Guest post from Michelle of The Willing Cook

Christmastime can affect all of our senses; the smells and tastes of baking cookies, the twinkling of simple white or brightly colored lights, the warmth of a glowing fire.

Nothing says Christmas to me like trays full of brightly decorated sugar cookiespumpkin rolls, wedding cookies, date bars, plum pudding, gingerbread bars, and on and on. I’m sure that I’m not alone.

Just because you or a loved one has food allergies does not mean that you cannot also enjoy these yummy holiday treats.  You just have to have the right recipe, the safe ingredients, and the will to make something delightful!

I’m coming along side you today to do just that.  I’ve created a German Chocolate Cookie that is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and a few other common allergens.  I promise that you’ll love every single chocolatey, icing-topped bite!  {My husband ate about a dozen of these cookies in the first 24 hours.  He has a lot of willpower to resist foods that make him sick.  But when it comes to allergy-safe foods that are delicious too, he loses all control.  That makes me happy!}

Feel free to leave off the icing if you want.  My son preferred the chocolate wafers over the iced cookies {I’m not sure why any person would not like icing!}.

Whip up this allergy-safe recipe for your Christmas festivities and enjoy all the season has to offer!

Michelle is blessed to stay home with her three children (ages 10, 7, and 4), while her husband works to provide. When she’s not experimenting with allergy-friendly meals, she’s blogging about it at The Willing Cook. Through the Willing Cook, her hope is that you gain peace of mind in your kitchen (and your pocket book) and are able to serve those you love who suffer with food allergies.

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  • Amy f;) says:


    Do you recommend any specific cocoa powder?

    • Honestly, I just use the store brand, usually. You’ll want to make sure that is free of any needed allergens, like dairy, gluten, or peanut. They are typically straight cocoa, but you can never be sure. You’ll also want to check shared equipment for processing. I hope that helps!

  • Donna says:

    Whoa my goodness! German Chocolate is my fave cake ever- and now- cookies! Ewwww!
    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Debra says:

    Thank you, Thank you!!!! With the holidays among us and all of the wonderful recipes going out very few that we can use, this is a diamond, a gift for sure! I really appreciate the friendly wording too, since we have allergies in the household to peanuts, tree nuts (but not coconut) , dairy, egg and oat (I can adjust for the oat easy) I really appreciate this so much! Thank you again and again!

  • Monica says:

    These look delicious! You’ve made holiday baking for my family so much better this year! Any ideas what I could sub for the oat flour maybe millet?

    • Ah, thank you so much, Monica, for your kind words!

      I think millet would work fine. I haven’t used millet in a lot of my cooking, but it is typically a good gf flour. I do have one concern about it’s stronger flavor. The chocolate might mask that though. A couple other options are to increase the brown rice flour or use sweet rice flour. If treenuts allowed, you could use almond flour.

      I hope that helps! Please let me know how they turn out with a different flour. Merry Christmas!

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