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Cookies can be one of life’s simplest pleasures — unless you’ve got food allergies. Lucy Gibney, a former ER doctor and creator of Lucy’s cookies, was hit head-on by this reality when her infant son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Suddenly, even the most ordinary food ingredients were a source of worry.

As her son grew up, Lucy also longed for him to be able to share treats with his friends and family when celebrating special moments.

“Even when I baked things at home, we worried about undeclared allergens and we had no way of knowing if ingredients were truly safe,” Lucy explains. “My cookies tasted better than what we could buy, but we wanted more assurance.”

Lucy's cookies

In 2006, she launched a company to create truly delicious cookies made without common allergens such as milk, gluten, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts. In an unusual move for a startup, she also decided not to work with manufacturing partners (commonly called “co-packers”) to make the products. Instead, she built a specialized bakery facility to maintain control over all aspects of product quality and safety.

Lucy's cookies

“We are so particular about sourcing even ordinary things like baking powder and baking soda,” Lucy says. Ingredients that could possibly have come into contact with allergens are tested.

All Lucy’s products are made without milk, gluten, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts; they’re also just good cookies.

Lucy's cookies

Have you tried Lucy’s cookies? What’s your favorite cookie flavor?

 

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joann kikkert says …

I would like to enter broth contest. I like to use broth just as drinking it as a nice hot drink.

Christine says …

I love Lucy's cookies. I have major food allergies and don't like to take chances. I recently brought home a new version of Lucy's cookies that I had not tried. It was ginger snap but my husband devoured the box before I hardly had one. He has no allergies and said the cookies were the best ginger snap he had ever had. I have to drive two hours to the nearest Whole Foods so next time I will stock up - or hide them! :)

Mona Gardner says …

I have tried Lucy's cookies and love them. But I have been disappointed not to find Lucy's Ginger Snaps at my local Whole Foods. Why not? I had to order them from Amazon instead, but I'd much prefer to buy them from Whole Foods. Keep up the good work, Lucy!

Mona Gardner says …

I have tried Lucy's cookies and love them. But I have been disappointed not to find Lucy's Ginger Snaps at my local Whole Foods. Why not? I had to order them from Amazon instead, but I'd much prefer to buy them from Whole Foods. Keep up the good work, Lucy!

Nancy Russell says …

I cannot wait to try them...with gluten intolerance it is no fun to not be able to have cookies!

Ermellina Murray says …

I Love Lucy's cookies. I'm allergic to tree nuts so I gave the cookies a try. The Cookies are delicious. .

Beverly Chauvin says …

I am excited to try these. My grandson is extremely allergic to milk. He is off the charts because he is so highly allergic, so grocery shopping is a challenge. We have to read every ingredient, I am so glad that I can just pick up some treats for him without worry!!! Thanks

Elaine Lipton says …

Good to know - My granddaughter is allergic to eggs and nuts and not always easy finding recipes or over the counter treats for her.Thanks!

Dixie Mills says …

We love the Lucy's ginger snaps but cannot buy them here in Tampa. So we order online since we think they are delicious. We hope our Whole Foods stores here in Tampa will decide to add them to your inventory. And we will buy and bring them home! Thanks I advance.

Pat says …

Why must they contain soy, which is one of the 8 top allergies

Karen Nedrow says …

I did not know about this company but I will seek out her products as I too have multiple food allergies. The fact that they do the process themselves and are particular about the ingredients is so reassuring. You can count on me to seek out these products.

Patti T says …

We found these Lucy's Cookies a couple of years ago- as a Vegan, I am also interested in finding something new. The cookies are absolutely delicious. The Sugar Cookie is our favorite. I highly recommend them. I also appreciate the care the Company takes in producing their products.

AbrilDW says …

Lucy's cookies are amazing! Delicious! Congratulations Lucy ! Super Mom and Doctor! Thanks for offering an excellent option to the people with food allergies, especially the children! Childhood with cookies is just awesome!

Gail says …

I am really enjoying your sugar cookies. They taste better than all other gluten free cookies I've tried, and I'd say they're right up there with some of the very best cookies I've ever had. It's such a pleasure to not have to feel like I'm sacrificing taste to avoid a stomach ache (which gluten will do to me.) Thanks for the great product!!

linda schwehr says …

Want to know if there is soy even in tiny amounts in these cookies??

Rose says …

Can't wait to try Lucy's cookies! We are a gluten/dairy free family, and really miss good cookies!

Kelly says …

Hello, my name is Kelly and I love Lucy's cookies. I am a vegan and it is difficult to find great treats. Way to go!!

Madeline Loder says …

Organic is very important to me. Maybe I never tried them because they aren't and I just passed them by.

Susan says …

They are good - all the versions I have tried so far I have devoured...quickly! I usually resist buying them because I can't eat them slowly. I treat myself to most of the box when I finally succumb to temptation! The Cinnamon Thin is awesome with a cup of coffee for dipping! :-) (And coincidentally, it takes half a box to finish one cup of coffee!)

Judy Loffredo says …

Much needed product. I can not wait to try them. Thank you!

Rebecca Wright says …

Thanks for letting me know! I recently had a delayed food allergy test and found out I have a severe milk allergy and a mild one to 3 very popular nuts, almonds, peanuts, and cashews along with sunflower. I will definitely try these the next time I head to whole foods!

Victoria says …

Is there anyway to order cookies and have them sent? I don't live near any markets you sell to?

Kelly Short says …

I was quite interested in seeing more information on these cookies because I, along with several family members and a couple friends, share a serious food allergy--that being corn. I went to the Web site for these and was disappointed to see that they all contain "Citric Acid From Non-GMO Corn." Considering that corn is a common food allergy (listed in the top seven), I wish more companies would avoid corn as much as they avoid peanuts or eggs. If Lucy's would find another source for their citric acid--and there should be plenty of options for such a common item--then I would happily stock my pantry with these cookies.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDA - You can check their website to search through each type of cookie and a list of their ingredients. I did find soy milk as an ingredient in the majority of the flavors.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@VICTORIA - You can search on their website to find locations close to your zip code in the top right corner of the site (http://www.drlucys.com/). If you still do not find a retailer close by, we have a store location in Austin that offers shipping of shelf stable products. You can give them a call directly at 512-542-2243 to place your order!

kdl says …

Does anyone know if they contain soy? I have 3 children who are very allergic and it is in everything. Soy is often a guaranteed ingredient in foods that are marked as allergen free.

Priscilla says …

Do you use any soy, soy lecithin, ginger or coconut in your cookies.

Sandy Cassidy says …

I have many food sensitivities (chocolate, wheat eggs, & dairy are the worst) and also try to avoid sugar as much as possible. A couple of the varieties are fairly low in sugar. These cookies are among the best tasting gluten-free ones I have tried.

Amy Dombrain says …

I have not tried Lucy's cookies yet, but they sound great and I love that they are free of gluten and any allergens. My favorite cookies are gingersnaps!

Nancilee says …

Lucy's Cookies are delicious, one of the best gluten-free cookies around, BUT they contain soy. I did not realize this until I became quite ill after eating some. There are a lot of us who are soy intolerant, some are extremely soy intolerant (as am I). I am hoping that Lucy's will find a suitable substitute for soy, I would love to be able to eat and enjoy them.

Amber says …

Please make cookies that do not contain SOY! My son is anaphaltic to eggs, and highly allergic to Soy, Dairy, Gluten, Gelatin, Bananas and Strawberries. I suppose I can keep buying Enjoy foods products, but I would love another choice.

Judy says …

Oh my gosh! I had no idea these cookies are gluten free! I've seen them in the store but skipped them because I assumed they were not GF cookies. Thank you for highlighting them in your e-newsletter.

Colleen Frasure says …

I love Lucy's cookies! I am gluten-free and vegan and they are the best cookies I've found so far.

Felipe gutierrez says …

I have not tried them but I am excited to, I have a gluten sensitivity and I know milk does not like me either so these would be perfect for the holidays.

diane says …

have not tried them, but looking forward to having a tasty treat.

Kelcey says …

I tried these cookies when I attended an Associated Buyers vendor display meeting. They are one of the few store-bought cookies I will buy for my family. Although no one at my house has celiacs disease, I try to avoid gluten from modern wheat and opt for ancient grain flours. Most gluten-free products are full of high glycemic potato starch, but these have a great gluten-free flour blend including beans. My only complaint is the use of soy milk. I think the chocolate has to be my favorite. Makes a great cookie crust too.

Archena says …

Will have to try these for sure when I go to my local Whole Foods Market next time

Sherry Aldinger says …

Love the fact that they are non-GMO! Which is so hard to shop for GMO free products, especially cookies. Chocolate Mint YUM!

Trina says …

my nephew is allergic to milk, eggs, gluten, peanuts, soy, and apples...so hopefully this product does not have soy so he can enjoy something...if anyone else suffers from allergies similar to this please let me know of some good products

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TRINA - You can find a list of ingredients for each product they sell on their website at http://www.drlucys.com/. Unfortunately, I did see that soy was a common ingredient in most of the cookies.

Debbie Nedorost says …

The best choc chips ever. Can I buy them on line somewhere?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEBBIE - Lucy's lists various sites on their website where you can order online. You can check it out at http://www.drlucys.com/shop/online.

Mary Ellen says …

I am crazy about these cookies. I have tried lot of gluten free cookies and these are fabulous . Please make more favors. My favorite is sugar yummy

Jenny says …

I am 27 years old and i was diagnosed with Celiac Disease just over 6 months ago. I have been eating anything I want for years so it has been a life changing movement for me over these past 6 months. I had not eaten a sugar cookie since before I found out. My favorite was Pepperidge farms because they had the sugar on the outside. I was walking through Home Goods the other day since the usually have some good GF items and found Lucy's Sugar Cookies. i saw the crystallized sugar on the cookies and was very excited. I usually end of getting my hopes up because a lot of GF items look better than they taste. I love them! They taste great and you even get that lingering buttery taste in your mouth. I am so happy to have found your website so that I can eat the things I used to without having to worry about them making me sick! Thank you for all that you do! Jenny

Tricia says …

My favorite flavor is the Ginger Snap. My Whole Foods no longer carries that flavor. I see another fan left a similar comment.

Thea Twisdale says …

Hi, I have celiac and I'm looking for a good dinner roll, know of any?