sunshine cookies

Today we’re getting ridiculously cute.

plated-sunshine-cookieI first made “Sunshine Cookies” when I was living in a tiny apartment with my little brother in the East Village in NYC in 2011 (old post here –>  There were many Indian markets nearby on 1st Ave. and I suppose I’d just discovered turmeric and how much it dyes everything, desirable or not, so why not dye my cookies.  And yellow just screams sunshine and smiles to me.


It’s several years later, and the apartment where we lived doesn’t even exist anymore!  (It’s probably for the better they collapsed that building before it collapsed itself.  It was old and, um, full of character.)  I modified the original recipe, as I’ve learned much more about dairy-free and gluten-free cooking over years of experimentation, but the concept stays the same: they’re sunshine cookies.  And they’re adorable.

Enjoy these cuties.  They’re super light, so I guess you can consume a lot of sunshine(s). 😉


sunshine cookies

Serves about 24 smileys
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Corn Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot


  • 3/4 teaspoons powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch (flour)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • a pinch sea salt
  • Zest 1/2 lemon (or more if you love lemon)
  • about 1/4 cup dark chocolate (for smiley garnish)


Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2 Combine agave nectar, melted coconut oil, eggs, and lemon zest in large mixing bowl. Set aside. Mix together all flours and sea salt in another bowl. Add to wet ingredients, and combine until homogeneous. Add turmeric and mix until sufficiently yellow. Add more if you want them really really yellow, as they do lighten up as they bake.
Step 3 Roll your dough out to about 1/4 inch thick and punch them into circles. Place on lined cookie sheet, and use the rest to make little sun rays by rolling the extra dough into a thin log, flattening the log, and then cutting 1" by 1 cm sun rays from the log. (See video). You could just make smileys, too.
Step 4 Heat dark chocolate over bain mairie and spatula into pastry bag with tiny tip cut out or a small pastry tip. Decorate your circles with a smiley before baking, and then bake for about 10-12 minutes, until edges start to turn just golden brown and the inside is just cooked through. If you're cooking your sun rays, it's a good idea to only cook these for about 8 minutes.
Step 5 Remove from heat, and eat as smileys or adorn with rays.


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