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Gluten Free Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies

Gluten Free Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies

The holidays can be a mine field of gluten laden treats for those who are Celiac or gluten sensitive. Whether that holiday is Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter or any number of other celebrations, it can feel like a person is faced with temptation at almost every turn.

I’m not Celiac but I am gluten sensitive.

These gluten free Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies allow me to enjoy some holiday cookies without the worry about overdoing the gluten.

And they are so easy to make!

Just dump the 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together thoroughly and drop them by the spoonful onto a baking sheet.

Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies - 1 Ingredients for Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies

After baking for 10 to 12 minutes and allowing them to cool, you have a treat that you can indulge in while others are eating the gingerbread and sugar cookies.

Another thing I like about them is that despite sweetened condensed milk being one of the ingredients, they don’t taste overly sweet.

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Gluten Free Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies


  • 1 – 7 oz package of shredded coconut (2 2/3 cups if buying in bulk)
  • 2/3 c chopped red or green candied cherries
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ c sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 325 ºF.

Chop the candied cherries into small pieces.

For this batch, I used 1/3 cup of red and 1/3 cup of green candied cherries. If I was making them for Valentine’s Day, I’d use 2/3 cup of the red. For St. Patrick’s Day use all green.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 2 Chopped red and green candied cherries

Combine coconut, candied cherries and the cornstarch in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 3 mix dry ingredients thoroughly

Look closely at the photo above and you can see that the cornstarch has coated the candied cherries so they don’t all stick together in clumps.

Note: If you’re allergic to corn or grain-free, you could quite easily substitute tapioca flour or something similiar.

Next, add the sweetened condensed milk.

For sticky ingredients, like sweetened condensed milk, I like to use one of these adjustable measuring cups.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 4 Measure out half cup of sweetened condensed milk

You simply adjust the outer cylinder to the measurement required, add whichever ingredient you’re using, then push on the bottom of the inner cylinder to push the ingredient out… no having to scrap out sticky ingredients.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 5 Add sweetened condensed milk to the bowl

Add the vanilla.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 6 Add 1 tsp of vanilla

Mix the dry and wet ingredients together thoroughly.

The dough should stick together when pushed against the side of the bowl with a spoon.

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 7 Combine wet and dry ingredients to get a sticky dough

Drop this mixture by rounded teaspoons about 1 inch apart on a greased, floured cookie sheet, one lined with parchment paper or silicon baking sheet.

Two Christmases ago, Dave bought me a set of Silpat baking sheets that I absolutely love!

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies - 8 Drop cookie dough by the spoonful onto baking sheets

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Remember… it’s always better to start with the lower number and add more time, one minute at a time than to over bake them.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.


Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies can be stored at room temperature in a covered container for up to a week or frozen and thawed as needed.

Truthfully though, if you have cookie lovers in your house, you won’t need to worry about cookies being around long enough to go stale. In fact, you might want to double the recipe to have extra to freeze.

Serve with your favorite tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Baked Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies served with a cup of tea

Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies served with cup of tea


Be sure to try these other Super Mom – No Cape cookie favorites:

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies

Spiced Shortbread

Almond Cookies perfect for Chinese New Year

Linzer Cookies

Use these 5 tips to make your cookies come out perfect every time.



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  • Sinea
    December 16, 2017 10:38 am

    Finally something new that I can make with candied cherries! I use them to garnish a Swedish tea ring that I make but I always have so many left over. This is great! Found it on #HomeMattersParty

  • Rachel
    December 15, 2017 5:14 am

    Distinctly yummy – and very seasonal!

  • Brandi
    March 18, 2014 3:57 pm

    Yum! Your cookies look very tempting! I to have been trying hard to stay away from sweets, but you’re not making it easy! LOL!!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    February 8, 2014 4:11 am

    So tempting, you are very bad to someone who is trying to resist baking (and eating) sweet things 🙂

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