The inspiration for these crumbly, buttery creamsicle coconut cookies came from Whole Food’s winter coupon book. Their cookie is also plant-based, but the recipe called for mandarin oranges – which I couldn’t find that particular shopping day – and a whopping 1 1/4 cups of refined white sugar. The all-purpose flour (what has it done for me lately??) didn’t thrill me either, so I healthied up the recipe just a wee bit.
A little extra indulgence goes on top in the form of coconut flakes and sanding (a.k.a. decorating) sugar.Print
Vegan Creamsicle Coconut Cookies
- Cook Time: 840
- Total Time: 14 hours
- Yield: 24 1x
Crumbly, buttery creamsicle coconut cookies inspired by a recipe in Whole Food’s winter coupon bo
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup dates, soaked, drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- zest of one orange
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, for topping
- 1/4 cup sanding/decorating sugar, for topping
- Preheat oven to 325-degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine the 1/4 cup coconut flakes and 1/4 cup sugar and set aside. Have a small bowl filled with water handy, along w/ a flat-bottomed glass.
- In a food processor, add the orange juice, dates, maple sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and process until fairly smooth. You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl several times. Pour this mixture into a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, 1/2 cup coconut flakes, orange zest, cornstarch and baking powder. Pour the date mixture into the dry mixture and thoroughly combine. The mixture will be very stiff and crumbly. Add more orange juice or some nut milk if the dough does not come together when pressed.
- Scoop up enough dough to make a 1 1/2″ ball. Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet and continue with the remainder of the dough. Dip the glass in water, then in the sugar-coconut mixture and press down firmly on each cookie. Bake for about 14 minutes, switching pans halfway through. Cool on a wire rack.
Oh boy do these look tasty! I am gonna have to book mark these for making.
Thanks, Alexander! I’ll bet they’d taste even better w/ a drizzle of chocolate…
Oooh these look delicious. I’m saving this recipe too as a fairly healthy one for when I end my quitting sugar challenge!
Thanks! I can see from your name that coconut-flavor might be right up your alley ;-)!
Dessert just got tastier my friend 😀
Between the two of us, we have sweets nicely handled, don’t you think ;-)? Glad to see you back! Hope you had a wonderful trip.
I love the look of these, perfect with a nice cup of tea, especially when served so elegantly on that lovely little plate.
Seems I gravitate towards cookies that go well with tea… 🙂
These look so good, I love the flavor of creamsicle! And with coconut, I bet they are amazing!
They have a texture I really like, too. Thanks, Liz!
Oh! What have you done now? I think I’ll try a GF version as soon as I can. How many cookies does this make?
Sorry, Holly ;-)! This makes about 24 cookies. Would love to see your GF version!
OH yum. These look amazing. I need to cut back on my cookies, but NO these look too good.
I’m cutting back on cookies for one week (green smoothie challenge) and then it’s back to business as usual!
What an intriguing recipe – gotta pin this one 🙂
Looking lovely! What a wonderful image the name conjures up – and they look darling too! 🙂
Anne (comment below) had a great idea: these cookies plus your ginger tea!
Perfect! What a great pairing!
Oh so good!!! And with a cup of Shira’s ginger tea 🙂
An excellent idea Anne!
You are the devil. Of course you had to post these today! Argh…… I adore creamsicles…. These look insane.
Unintentionally devilish! I’ve scheduled nearly a month’s worth of posts ahead of time and since I didn’t commit to the smoothie challenge until late in the game… Actually, the cool thing is, right now – I’m not craving cookies of any kind! It feels GOOD to be eating GOOD.
I’m craving everything bad. It’s really challenging for me to go through with it. Documenting it on the blog keeps me HONEST 😉 I do love it though. Clean eating is awesome!
Good on you for having so many blog posts in the chute. I didn’t create many blog worthy things last month with all the illness so I’m flying by the seat of my pants 😉
I knew January was going to get ugly – the thought of preparing to move and blogging…too much.
Arghhh, you’ve shamed me into being better prepared as a writer, Annie…now I have to get crackin’ on some articles, after these cookies, of course…and some tea! 🙂
Some of my best writing happens around tea and cookies!
Creamsicles are one of my very favorite flavors, these cookies look amazing! Can I sub the coconut flour with a different kind of flour?
Sure – you could use a nut flour successfully here. Almond might be particularly nice…
OOOOO I am going to have to wait till after Somers week of “no indulgences” to try these…I am SO going to eat most of them in a single sitting…
I know – – I’m being “good,” too (loving it, BTW) – – but I am kinda also looking forward to whatever my reward is going to be once the week is over!
These will be worth the wait 🙂
Oh I saw those cookies and immediately wanted to make them! Sadly never got around to it. I like your version quite a bit my dear 🙂
There’s always a recipe or two in the WF book that looks tasty – usually don’t get around to them myself!
Wow Annie! You’ve really outdone yourself here! I’ll have to try these! I have a bunch of oranges just waiting to be juiced!!
😛 thanks, Rachel!
I’m giving this post a great big “hells yeah!” 🙂
Woohoo! Thank you, ma’am!
These look particularly yummy. Just something about ‘nilla and orange….
I have made it my mission to make these.
‘Tis a noble cause, my dear!
1 & 1/4 white sugar in the original recipe!?! That is madness, I tell you, madness…. I LOVE that you used dates… bravo, these look delicious!
These look scrummy!! They remind me of Coconut Rings you get in the UK. I am going to create a Raw version 🙂 thanks for the inspiration x
Oooh – love that! Please let me know when you create your raw version!
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