Coconut Quinoa Florentine Lace Cookies

The Coconut Quinoa Florentine Lace Cookies are a delicious holiday treat that your whole family will love.  A healthier option for a classic!

I like these with the chocolate drizzle, but my husband thinks they are better without. Give them a try and decide for yourself.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 249kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • ½ cup butter or Earth Balance
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut shredded
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free all purpose flour blend
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Drizzle optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line two rimmed cookie sheets with foil. Grease foil and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter, coconut milk and maple syrup. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring near constantly.
  • Bring to a boil. To prevent sugar from crystallizing, brush down sides of saucepan with a wet pastry brush. Cook until thermometer registers 238 degrees. Remove from heat and immediately stir in quinoa flakes, quinoa, almonds, coconut, flour, lemon peel and vanilla extract.
  • Drop by the tablespoon on prepared pans. (Keep about 3 inches apart) With a fork dipped in cold water, flatten the cookies. Bake for 5 minutes. Switch racks and bake for 3 to 5 minutes longer.
  • Cool on baking sheets and then lift from foil. Place on a large sheet of parchment paper.
  • Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler and melt over simmering water. Stir in cayenne pepper. Drizzle cookies with chocolate and let sit until chocolate has set.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg