Coffee Flour Cookies are naturally gluten-free, grain-free and refined-sugar-free. With just a hint of orange zest, and studded with chocolate chips you have a cookie perfect for any occasion. Coffee Flour gives a festive fruity and spicy flavor to the cookies.
I’ve joined a bunch of my gluten-free food blogger friends for a Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange for the holidays.
I don’t know about you, but cookies are one of my favorite parts of the holidays.
I consider myself a gluten-free cookie expert, having written 3 cookbooks all about cookies.
With that said, I am still always up for trying something new.
What is coffee flour?
Have you seen coffee flour?
When I saw some at Trader Joe’s I knew I had to give it a try.
Before you get nervous about a crazy cookie buzz, coffee flour actually doesn’t have any more caffeine than dark chocolate.
What it does have is extra fiber, and potassium and iron.
How do you make cookies with coffee flour?
I love, and I mean LOVE, my flourless chocolate cookie recipe.
I’ve made almost a dozen variations on it over the years, it is always a go-to recipe.
I wanted to experiment with coffee flour, and wanted to start with a recipe that is tried and true.
I made a few other adjustments to the cookie recipe to use honey instead of sugar, and to add just a hint of orange zest.
The flavors all meld together into a sweet, dark chocolate coffee flour cookies with a deep, complex flavor.
To me, it tastes like the holidays.
Coffee Flour also has a very unique taste.
Did you try Starbucks Cascara Latte earlier this year?
It was sweetened and flavored with the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean, which has a very subtle fruity and spicy flavor.
It reminds me of cherries and oranges. Coffee Flour is made from the coffee fruit, too.
It is dried and finely ground, and then makes a great addition to baked goods.
How to use gluten free flour
When baking with gluten free flour, your results will vary based on the gluten free flour you use.
Please read through my gluten free flour page for very thorough and detailed information about which gluten free flours work well, how to substitute one gluten free flour for another, and for my gluten free flour recipe.
How to measure gluten free flour
How you measure your gluten free flours, including coffee flour, is very important.
To accurately measure your flour, use the “fork, spoon, knife” method.
First, mix your gluten free flour with a fork to ensure it is aerated and evenly mixed.
Then carefully spoon it into your measuring cup.
DO NOT scoop the flour with your measuring cup, you’ll compact extra flour into the measuring cup and then your gluten free baked goods will be dry and crumbly because they’ll have too much flour.
Finally, level off your measuring cup using a knife.
Use room temperature ingredients
You’ll also have best results if all the ingredients are at room temperature, except for any ingredients that specify “cold” or “chilled”.
Using room temperature ingredients like eggs, butter, and gluten free flours helps your baked goods to bake evenly and correctly.
Think about it, if you use cold eggs, your batter will be colder.
And then it will change how it bakes, or may take longer.
For recipes that rise using steam, this is especially important.
What cocoa powder is best for baking cookies?
I loved the way the flavors played with cocoa powder and orange zest in these coffee flour cookies.
I want to spend just a second telling you about the cocoa powder I used in the recipe before I turn you loose in your kitchen.
I’m an ambasador for Rodelle because I fell in love with their cocoa powder and vanilla extracts.
Their cocoa powder it dutch processed, making it very chocolatey and less acidic, meaning whatever you use it for has a great dark chocolate taste.
I also used Rodelle’s Vanilla in this recipe, to help round out the flavors of the orange, chocolate, and coffee flour in these cookies.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup honey
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup Rodelle Gourmet Cocoa Powder
- ¼ cup coffee flour
- 1 teaspoon Rodelle Gourmet Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cup chocolate chunks/chips
- zest from half an orange
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Cream together the butter, honey, and egg.
- Mix-in the baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and coffee flour and mix until combined.
- Next, add the vanilla extract, orange zest, and chocolate chunks and mix until evenly distributed.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart using a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. They will not "look" done, and will still be very soft but will lose their doughy shine.
- After 2-3 minutes remove the cookies to a cooling rack to prevent them from overcooking.
If you LOVE the taste of coffee flour, try adding more to the cookie dough. Increase the coffee flour to ½ cup, and decrease the cocoa powder to ½ cup.
I used dairy-free butter, like Smart Balance, Earth Balance, or Melt to make my coffee flour cookies dairy free.
Nutrition InformationYield 18 Serving Size 1 coffee flour cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 157Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 26mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 2g
Check out all 12 recipes in our virtual gluten-free cookie exchange, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:
Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Gluten-Free Kitchen
Gluten-free Gingerbread Kiss Cookies by Gluten Free Palate
Snowball Cookies by Allergylicious
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Meaningful Eats
Cinnamon Stars by Life After Wheat
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar by This Vivacious Life
Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts by What the Fork
Candy Cane Cookies by gfJules
Coffee Flour Cookies by Flippin’ Delicious
Snickerdoodle Cookies by Veggie Balance
Lemon Cranberry Cookies by Vegetarian Mamma
Gluten Free Vegan Rasberry Pinwheel Cookies by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
With so many beautiful cookies to choose from, you should be set for all of your holiday parties!