Gluten-free Dairy-free Holiday Persimmon Cookie Recipe

December 4th, 2011 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Cookies, Dairy Free, Persimmon 10 Comments »

When we decided to buy a house in California, we knew that fruit trees often came with the deal. Honestly, it seems like around here you would have to go to some effort to find a house without at least an apple or lemon tree on the property. True to form, our house came with apple, apricot, plum, avocado trees, and then a hearty volunteer branch of a persimmon tree that drapes from our neighbor’s yard into our back yard garden. The persimmon and avocado tree delighted but confused me by bearing their fruit in winter. Last year persimmons found their way into smoothies,streusel topped persimmon muffins, and even a flaming persimmon pudding (cake). This month I have been a little under the weather with family colds, and I’ve been working on my dissertation research too. But last night I got into the holiday spirit and made this scrumptious persimmon cookie spiked with all my favorite spices, pecans and raisins too. Ohhh it was good. And they were good for breakfast, too. Oh, c’mon, they have fruit and nuts- really, they are like a (sweet) granola in a cookie, so it isn’t that shameful to have them with a morning americano, right? Right?

Here are some more gluten-free cookie recipes:

Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Raisin Un-Oatmeal Cookies
Vegan Gluten-free Quinoa Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
Gluten-free Nutmeg Shortbread Flat Cookies
Grain-free Low-processed sugar Chocolate Pecan tollhouse PIE recipe (ok, inspired by a cookie!)
Healthy Gluten-free Gingerbread Cut Out Cookie Men

So much for dieting!

Gluten-free Dairy-free Spiced Persimmon Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup peeled persimmon, pureed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup +2 tablespoons brown rice flour(or sorghum)
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup +2 tablespoons tapioca starch
1/2 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup melted palm oil shortening, vegan margarine or butter (I used shortening)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and reserve.

Whisk your baking soda into the persimmon puree and reserve.
Combine your dry ingredients from brown rice flour through spices and salt. Stir in persimmmon puree. Fold in your beaten egg and then your nuts and raisins. Pour the melted shortening over the dough and stir to combine.

Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough (a full regular spoon or a scant tablespoon works well) onto your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are baked but still slightly soft. They are very tender when first baked but firm up as they cool.

Notes
I used about 2 ripe hachiya persimmons for this recipe but I think any nicely ripened persimmon would work.

The pictured cookies were frozen first, and then baked. The first time around, I used the room temperature dough and they spread out more, which looks a bit prettier. Either way they taste great!

You can freeze the dough and bake later in a preheated oven at 375F. Just add a few minutes on to the baking time. I usually throw my dough into a quart ziploc freezer bag and label with baking instructions and recipe title. However, when you cut off the cookies you get funny block-shaped cookies then. I recommend you freeze them in a tube shape or freeze them on wax paper in spoonfuls just how you’d like to bake them for the prettiest cookies. Freezing cookie dough gets rid of some of the graininess of gluten-free flour and also results in a fatter cookie. This recipe is also good baked straight out of the bowl, but we like the flexibility of freezing the leftovers so we can have fresh cookies any time we want.

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Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Raisin Un-Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

June 7th, 2011 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Cookies, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Sorghum, Vegan, potato allergy 14 Comments »


I have long been a cookie-lover. Cookies are my favorite baked dessert even over pie, and definitely in preference to cake. It is odd that despite this long love for the crackley, sugary-sweet and buttery cookie, I don’t have more cookie recipes on the Book of Yum. I think it is because I often make the same chocolate chip recipe based on the Tollhouse recipe when I do make cookies. And, I like cookies so much that I have no willpower when I finally do make them, so I try to limit the frequency. Besides chocolate chips, one of my favorite cookies is sold at Mariposa Bakery- a nutmeal cookie that I could eat by the dozen. Oh, it is so good. But I’d never really tried to make it until I saw a recipe by Isa Moskowitz in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar for a chewy carrot-raisin cookie. I was inspired by the idea of a cookie with grated carrot, and set off from there to make my version of a yummy, spiced raisin cookie with chewiness from slivered almonds and coconut instead of oatmeal. I tried several variations of flour, oil, sugar and even baking powder before coming up with this one. The first version had too much starch, giving it a chalky taste. The second version was a little too healthy and while it had great flavor, it had an “Enjoy Life” processed cookie texture. Not bad, but not what I was going for. The final version is the kind of cookie that spreads a little, but not too much, and browns around the edges just like a chocolate chip cookie. The DH has liked every version of this cookie I’ve made, and gobbled them up, but I have a feeling this one will be his favorite too, as soon as he gets home and tries some. Baby Yum was content to sniff the cookies deeply and earnestly, but she prefers creamy yogurts and sugar snap peas to cookies. I’m sure she’ll get over that, but until she does, who am I to fight a kid with healthy taste buds? I hope you enjoy this relatively healthy cookie just as much as we do in our house! How often can you actually get your veggies from a cookie? *You will notice I don’t use xanthan gum or guar gum in this recipe. I don’t have anything against them, but I don’t find them necessary in cookie recipes with their forgiving high-ratios of sugar and oils.

Looking for more gluten-free cookie recipes? Try these:
gluten-free cookie roundup
Grain-free coconut raisin cookie recipe
Stevia Sweetened Sugar Cookie Recipe
Rosemary Lime Cookie Recipe
Gluten-free Dairy-free Thin Mint Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe
Soft Molasses Vegan Cookie Recipe
Coyote Cookie Bar Freezer Fudge Recipe
Chocolate Frosted Coconut Cokie Recipe
gluten-free cookie smores recipe
Cocoa Bean Cookie Truffles
Grain free Chocolate Raisin Rum Cookie Recipe
Dairy-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Macaroon Cookie Recipe

This recipe was shared with Gluten-free Wednesdays and Real Food Weekly

Carrot Raisin Un-Oatmeal Gluten-free Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp Earth Balance Margarine (or oil) – chilled
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. lemon, lime, or orange zest
2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla (I use Costco’s Kirkland)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used soy, but you could use almond or hemp milk as well)
1 tbsp +1 tsp. ground flaxseed
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour (or millet, or additional sorghum)
1/2 cup tapioca starch flour
1/4 cup arrowroot starch flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup shredded coconut (or coconut flakes if you have them)
3/4 cup slivered blanched almonds, broken up a bit (I use Trader joe’s brand)
Directions
Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375F.

Combine margarine and both sugars in a bowl and mix until you have a creamy texture. Either a hand-held mixer or standing mixer works well, but you could do it by hand if you like that sort of thing. I’m lazy. Add your zest, vanilla, spices and salt and mix again.

Combine your non-dairy milk with ground flaxseed in a blender or small food processor bowl. If you have sweetened or flavored milk you may wish to decrease the sugar and possibly vanilla in the overall recipe, to taste. Process or blend the mixture until it is smooth and has a slimy texture.

Add your flax egg to the margarine and sugar mixture and mix it all together.

Meanwhile, combine your flours and baking powder in a sifting cup and sift into the mixing bowl with your flax egg, sugar, and margarine. Fold together and add carrots, coconut, almonds, and raisins, folding in one last time.

Drop tablespoons of dough in round 1 or 1 1/4 inch cookies onto your parchment paper covered cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Smooth tops of cookies if necessary and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they start to brown on the edges and the top is firm.

Cool on parchment paper for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Makes 2 large sheets of cookies and a few extras. Enjoy with some nondairy milk!

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