Ultimate Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Cookies

Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies

These soft and chewy gluten-free breakfast cookies with orange and cranberry are perfect for when you want something sweet, but also something healthy that won’t spike your blood sugar and will satisfy your craving.

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I don’t post many gluten-free recipes here on my blog. Since I’m fortunate that I (or anyone else in my family) doesn’t have a gluten intolerance, gluten-free baking is not something I spend a lot of time on.

However, I do know that bringing gluten-free options is important, so I hope you’ll enjoy this gluten-free breakfast cookie recipe.

Even if you’re not gluten intolerant, I know you’ll still appreciate these breakfast cookies for their undeniable orange and cranberry flavor and chewy texture.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making gluten-free breakfast cookies with orange and cranberry is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button above to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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About this recipe:

I found (and adapted) this recipe from a cookbook I was fortunate enough to receive called “Lose Weight By Eating – 130 Amazing Clean-Eating Recipe Makeovers For Guilt-Free Comfort Food by Audrey Johns.

Audrey’s recipe can be found on page 32 of her cookbook, and is named “Giant Breakfast Cookies.”

I stuck to Audrey’s original recipe pretty closely except that I substituted a gluten-free flour for the all-purpose flour she called for, and added some almond flour.  

I also substituted coconut palm sugar for the called for packed brown sugar.

The only other thing I changed, was where her recipe called for 1/3 cup water, I substituted fresh squeezed orange juice; because if you’re going to go to the effort of using the zest of a fresh orange, why not utilize the juice as well?

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How to make gluten-free breakfast cookies with cranberry and orange:

  • In a large bowl, stir together the gluten-free flour, almond flour. baking soda, orange zest, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or another large bowl with a hand mixer, add softened butter, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla.
How to make gluten free cookies
  • Blend until combined and then blend in the applesauce and fresh orange juice.
Mixing gluten free orange cranberry cookies
  • Once incorporated, slowly blend in the flour mixture and oatmeal.
Making gluten free orange cranberry cookies
  • Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir in dried cranberries and chopped raw almonds.
Healthy orange cranberry cookies
  • Use a large ice cream scoop to scoop the cookie dough out onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Flatten the cookies to approximately ½” with the back of a spatula that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool and enjoy!
Baking gluten free orange cranberry cookies
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Can these cookies be frozen?


Store them in an air-tight freezer container for up to 3 months.

Can I leave the nuts out of this recipe?

You sure can!

Can the cranberries be substituted or left out of this recipe?

Feel free to leave them out entirely if you’re not a fan, or substitute them with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cherries, or any other of your favorite dried fruits.

Want more gluten-free cookie recipes?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies –  Minimalist Baker

The Best Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Eat Good 4 Life

Canadian Honey Drop Gluten-Free Cookies – Baking and Boys

Maple Glazed Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies – In Johnna’s Kitchen

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies – Bakerita

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies – Amy in the Kitchen

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s gluten-free breakfast cookies.

Yield: 24

Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies

These soft and chewy gluten-free breakfast cookies with orange and cranberry are perfect for when you want something sweet, but also something healthy that won't spike your blood sugar and will satisfy your craving.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking soda, orange zest, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or using a stand mixer, whip the butter and coconut sugar for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, orange juice, and applesauce to the butter and sugar mixture and blend to combine.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Add the oatmeal, cranberries, and almonds to the batter and stir well.
  7. Use a large cookie scoop to drop rounded scoops of batter onto parchment-lined baking sheets, and flatten the cookies with the back of a spatula.
  8. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes until golden in color around the edges.
  9. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 88mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 2g
The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this sweet gluten-free breakfast recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

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  1. These look delicious! We’ve been gluten-free for 12 years, and I love expanding our breakfast choices.

  2. Orange and Cranberry is one of my favorite combos! Need to give these are try!

  3. These cookies look so moist and delicious! I just love the flavors here!

  4. I love the orange zest in this recipe. So glad I am gluten free so I can enjoy these.

  5. These cookies look great and I love the flavor combo of orange, cranberry and almonds!

  6. Cranberry and orange is such an amazing flavor combo! These look great!

  7. Great idea with adding the fresh squeezed orange juice instead of water. Breakfast cookies are just a fun breakfast food.

  8. I bet these taste amazing! They’d make a yummy after school treat too!
    Thanks for mentioning my chocolate chip cookies too!

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  10. I have everything on hand to make these right now! So excited!

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