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Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option

Close up of plate of Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option

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This Island Treasure Cookie Recipe is amazing! Why? Because every single bite is bursting with tantalizing flavors. That is to say, it contains tropical flavors such as coconut and macadamia nuts. Another delightful ingredient is milk chocolate chips.  

Besides all of that, the recipe is extremely easy to make gluten-free! 

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Close up of freshly baked Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option


Don’t you just love cookies? I certainly do! First, there’s a wide variety of cookies to choose from. Secondly, you can easily hold a cookie in your hand. Thirdly, no dishes are required. Fourthly, everyone seems to enjoy nibbling on a cookie. 

For example, some of our favorites are:

We also love adorable and fun holiday cookies. For example: 

Fresh Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option with glass of milk


As previously mentioned, this recipe calls for toasted shredded coconutmacadamia nuts, and milk chocolate chips.  However, pecans or walnuts can replace macadamia nuts.

Also, I use unsweetened coconut because it lessens the sweetness. 

Plate of freshly baked Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option

Chunky Goodness!

Notice how chunky these cookies are? Don’t you just want to grab one and dig in? Especially straight out of the oven! 

Gluten-Free version of Island Treasure Cookies

Gluten-Free Cookies

Finally, let’s talk about the gluten-free version. It’s easy to substitute regular ingredients with gluten-free ones. (See notes in the recipe card.)

Although the gluten-free version may look slightly different they taste every bit as delicious. 

Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option
Yield: 3 dozen

Island Treasure Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free Option

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

These delicious tropical-inspired cookies come together quickly and will satisfy any sweet tooth.


  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour (GF Option: use gluten-free flour blend + 1-1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum unless flour already contains it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut (GF Option: I like to use gluten-free organic unsweetened coconut)
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (may substitute with chopped pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 package (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add egg; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in coconut, nuts, and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoons (3-inches apart) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Cool for 2 minutes before moving cookies to a cooling rack.
  7. Store in an air-tight container or freeze for use later.

You really gotta try this recipe because Island Treasure Cookies are scrumptious. Furthermore, they are freeze-friendly. Simply thaw before serving. (You can also warm them up in a microwave.) 

Moreover, they’re perfect for a Pirate-themed party



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