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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nutmeg Cookies (Gluten Free & Vegan)

A cold front came through yesterday, bringing with it welcome rain.  It rained all day and all night, a steady, gentle rain.  A little wind here and there would tuft the leaves of the trees, revealing a few yellow spots...the leaves are starting to turn.  It was a perfect, beautiful day.  I had to work all day yesterday, but if I had been at home I would have liked to sit staring out the window at the rain and the leaves.

Tonight I was thumbing through a cookbook I have not picked up in a long time...The New England Table by Lora Brady.  I took one look at her Nutmeg Cookies (pp. 81 - 83) and knew I had to adapt them and make them to welcome fall.  These cookies will make your kitchen smell fabulous and better yet, they taste just like autumn. 

Nutmeg Cookies

2 1/4 cups GF flour blend (I use this one)
1 tbsp. flax meal
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup brown rice syrup or molasses
3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

Sift together the flour through the nutmeg, set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil through the brown sugar until it is smooth and thick and looks like caramel.  Add the flour mixture and stir until well-blended.

In a shallow bowl stir together the 1/3 cup sugar and the 1 tsp. nutmeg, making sure there are no nutmeg clumps.  Drop the cookie dough by heaping teaspoons into the sugar/nutmeg mixture, gently rolling to coat, then place on the prepared baking sheet 3 inches apart.

Bake about 12 minutes, until the cookies are crinkled and lightly browned around the edges.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


Ina said...

Erin - those cookies look scrumptious! Are they crunchy? I love a crispy crunchy cookie. And nutmeg is such a wonderful spice for any cookie recipe - yum!

Erin said...

Hi Ina, these cookies are crispy and chewy at the same time! Crispy around the edges, chewy in the middle!

Krisco said...

I was diagnosed with dairy, egg and gluten allergies a couple of months ago. After throwing away countless baked goods from recipes that promised to be yummy, I made these cookies and literally cried! They are so good and so perfect that even my non-allergy friends loved them. (((Thank you!!)))

Erin said...

You are welcome! I'm so glad you like them! :)