Coffee flour might seem like just another baking fad, but delicious recipes like these gluten free coffee flour cookies prove this new superfood is here to stay. Its tantalisingly fragrant, nutty undertones and the fact that it’s naturally gluten free mean coffee flour is gaining momentum within the baking world — especially amongst those of us who are celiac or gluten intolerant.
Made from the fruit of the coffee plant, coffee flour isn’t just tasty and gluten-free, it’s also naturally high in fibre, making it great for digestion. Its richness in iron and protein mean it’s ideal for vegetarians, and it’s also packed with potassium and antioxidants.
Coffee flour is still relatively new on the market, so if you’ve got a reputation as an experimental baker, this is something you’re going to have fun with. Let’s start off with a basic recipe for coffee flour cookies before moving onto some tasty twists you can add to make it your own. This recipe is for gluten free cookies, but you can replace the gluten free flour with an all-purpose flour if you’re not baking for somebody with an intolerance.
To make a batch of around 30 plain gluten free coffee flour cookies, you’ll need these ingredients.
1 cup gluten
1/4 cup coffee flour
1/2 cup butter (bring to room temperature before using)
1 egg (medium to large size)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350°F/ 230°C. Place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and leave to one side.
- Add the flour, coffee flour, salt and baking soda to a medium-sized bowl
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until blended
- Blend the egg and vanilla extract in with the butter and sugar mixture
- Add the flour mixture gradually, using an electronic whisk or mixer at a low speed until all the flour has been added and the ingredients have been totally combined to form a smooth, consistent mixture
- Roll small pieces of dough between the palms of your hands to create balls of approximately 1 inch diameter, spacing these out on the baking tray
- Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes
- When the cookies are set and slightly firm around the edge, remove them from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking tray
- After around ten minutes, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely
- Your coffee flour cookies are now ready to eat. Enjoy!
This recipe can be modified to match your personal tastes, but here are a few suggestions for some delicious coffee flour cookie recipes:
Chocolate coffee flour cookies
The distinctive taste of coffee flour mingles really well with the flavour of chocolate. To
transform this recipe into a chocolatey treat, simply add 3/4 cup of cacao
powder when you mix the flours. For extra decadence, add 3/4 cup of chocolate
chips to the cookie dough to make double chocolate cookies.
Coconut coffee flour cookies
For an exotic twist on this recipe, simply add one cup of shredded coconut when you combine the flour, coffee flour, baking soda and salt. You could even go one step further and 1/4 cup of dried pineapple and a tiny splash of rum to make delicious piña colada cookies (adults only!)
Gingerbread coffee flour cookies
If it’s the holiday season or you’re simply feeling festive, add 1 and 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of cloves to the flour mixture. Then, add 1/4 cup of molasses and 1/2 tsp of orange zest when all the ingredients are combined for tasty gingerbread coffee flour cookies.
Mocha espresso coffee flour cookies
Whilst coffee flour comes from the coffee plant, it doesn’t actually contain a high amount of caffeine. So if you want to get a real boost from your cookies, try mixing 1 tbsp espresso powder and 1 tbsp cacao powder into the flour mix for a yummy pick-me-up.
As you can imagine, the options are endless. Whatever flavours you go for, these gluten free coffee flour cookies are guaranteed to be a hit!