Dairy-free and gluten-free cookies Recipe

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15 min


15 min

Dairy-free spreads are widely available in supermarkets these days so baking cakes and biscuits if you or someone in the family is on a dairy-free diet. Unless labelled dairy-free, check the packaging because some spreads such as sunflower and olive may contain buttermilk to give them a buttery flavour. These cookies are also gluten-free but if that’s not essential for you, replace the gluten-free flour with ordinary plain flour. Sometimes gluten-free flour absorbs a little more liquid so you might need to add a little water if the mixture doesn’t come together to form a ball.


  • 100g dairy-free spread
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g gluten-free plain flour
  • 1tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 100g dairy-free plain chocolate, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Fan 170°C/Gas Mark 5 and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat the spread and sugar together until soft and creamy.

  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the chopped chocolate and mix to form a firm dough.

  • Roll the dough into 16 even-sized balls and place on the baking sheets allowing space between each one for them to spread. Flatten slightly with your fingers or the back of a fork and bake for 15 mins until golden.

  • Leave on the baking sheets for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool. As they cool the cookies will become firm and crisp. Store in an airtight container.

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You can replace the chocolate with 75g raisins and 1/2tsp ground cinnamon or add 50g desiccated coconut for coconut cookies.