My Dad’s Cookies: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut-Free Nostalgic Treats

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Far from the mega-booths and squashed at the end of an aisle sat baker Elan and his array of freshly baked dairy-, gluten-, and nut-free cookies. It was a good thing I had put My Dad’s Cookies on my agenda at Expo West earlier this year! Otherwise I might have missed their modest display and tasting some pretty amazing cookies.

I had never been a big fan of “traditional” cookies. I grew up on chewy and gooey, and even straight-up cookie dough. Always turning up my nose at delicate treats like biscotti and raspberry linzers. Perhaps my taste buds have matured, or maybe I just hadn’t sampled ones that were as good as My Dad’s Cookies.

My Dad's Cookies Reviews & Info - gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, kosher pareve - in several classic varieties - from Raspberry Linzers to Black & White

Tasting Notes for My Dad’s Cookies

At the show we tried the Black & White Tuxedo cookie, and Elan was nice enough to send us home with a box of the Chocolate Chip.

Black & White Tuxedo

I’d never had this type of cookie, so I can’t compare to any classic versions. But this cookie was tender, sweet, and so, so delicious. These are sold in both their bakery boxes, and in their newer Grab & Go Packaging shown below.

My Dad's Cookies Reviews & Info - gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, kosher pareve - in several classic varieties - from Raspberry Linzers to Black & WhiteIngredients: gluten free flour (white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum), egg, vanilla dip (sugar, vegetable shortening, emulsifier, vanilla), chocolate dip (sugar, soybean oil, cocoa, chocolate liquor, salt, vanilla extract), sugar, fructose, organic palm oil, natural flavors, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), salt, agave syrup. contains: soy, egg.

Nutrition (per cookie): 120 calories, 6g fat, 17g carbs, 0g fiber, 10g sugars, 1g protein.*

My Dad's Cookies Reviews & Info - gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, kosher pareve - in several classic varieties - from Raspberry Linzers to Black & White

Chocolate Chip

The Chocolate Chip My Dad’s Cookies were crispy and sweet, with the perfect amount of little chocolate chips and vanilla essence. The kid in our house loved them and had no clue they were gluten-free. Tony and I thought they were amazing with afternoon tea. In fact, in about 24 hours, our box of My Dad’s Cookies disappeared.

Ingredients: gluten free flour (brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum), palm oil, chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), chocolate liquor, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, agave syrup, cream of tartar, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), salt. contains: soy, egg.

Nutrition (per 3 cookies): 150 calories, 7g fat, 22g carbs, <1g fiber, 13g sugars, 1g protein.*

My Dad's Cookies Reviews & Info - gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, kosher pareve - in several classic varieties - from Raspberry Linzers to Black & White

More Flavors of My Dad’s Cookies

These are all available in their bakery packaging, and select varieties are sold in their Grab & Go packages, as noted.

  • Chocolate Chip Biscotti
  • Sprinkle Cookies
  • Vanilla Linzer Trio
  • Chocolate Fancy (also available in Grab & Go)
  • Raspberry Linzer (also available in Grab & Go)
  • Chocolate Linzer
  • Lemon Drop
  • Chocolatta (also available in Grab & Go)
  • Chocolate Sandwich (also available in Grab & Go)
  • Vanilla Graham

More Allergen Notes

My Dad’s Cookies are baked in Brooklyn in their own little allergen-safe facility.

More Facts on My Dad’s Cookies

Price: $6.95 per 6-ounce package; $3.95 per 2-ounce package

Availability: My Dad’s Cookies are sold at stores in the northeast, but you can also order them online from the company’s website below. They ship throughout the U.S.

Certifications: My Dad’s Cookies are Certified Gluten-Free and Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, My Dad’s Cookies are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit the My Dad’s Cookies website at www.mydadscookies.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Great cookies

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August 10, 2020

Positively delightful is the best way I can think of to describe these traditional-style treats. Tender, but slightly crispy, and filled with the perfect hint of vanilla and just the right amount of chocolate, it was impossible to believe that these delicate cookies were made without butter and wheat.

Alisa Fleming

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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