Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cheap and Easy Gluten Free Cookies

Hello All!

I've been looking for an inexpensive gluten free cookie recipe--most have a million different flours in them, all hard to find and pricey.  I finally found a recipe that incorporates cornmeal (which I love) and is also super easy to make.  Oh, and it's dairy free, and really as cookies go, they're pretty darn healthy.

Here is the original recipe I found:
These are thumbprints, so there's jam in the center.  Instead of making them thumbprints, though, I decided to instead incorporate prunes and dried cranberries into the cookies themselves.  Also, while the original recipe calls for pistachios, I used raw sunflower seeds instead.  (They have a milder flavor, but have a softness similar to pistachios.)  I also like the flavor of lemon with cornmeal, so I added a bit of lemon extract to the mix, as well as vanilla.  And I replaced the agave nectar with honey.

Here is my modified recipe.


-1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free)
-1/2 cup cornmeal
-1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
-1/4 cup prunes
-1/4 cup dried cranberries
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup honey
-dash of vanilla (optional)
-dash of lemon extract (optional)


Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

Pulse in a food processor the first 6 ingredients until the mixture has a sandy consistency with small chunks of the dried fruit.

Mix in the olive oil and honey, and continue to process in the processor until everything is well-mixed.

Mold tablespoon-sized cookies and flatten in a cookie sheet.  It will be a little crumbly, but be diligent and just make sure they stick before they go in the oven.

Bake 8 minutes, then turn the cookie sheet around and bake another 8 minutes or until the edges are browned.

Eat up!

They have a sort of shortbread consistency, and are soft and chewy.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with other flavors (like rosemary and brown sugar instead of cranberries and honey).  I encourage you to experiment too and let me know how it goes!