Lots of people with celiac seem to live on processed gf foods, boxes of crackers, cookies and snack straight from a bag. I have been known to enjoy a great cracker and there is a certain brand of gf pretzels which is amazing. Still, I find that home made is generally better; worth the time and effort. Not to mention better for you. But, I can’t seem to interest certain folks in baking homemade gf treats. This recipe may change your mind. Old fashioned pumpkin cookies sound okay but not exciting much less addictive. But they are just that. Totally brilliant in the flavor department and even better: easy to make. Bonus: somewhat healthy. Which is the new trendy thing. Or so I read. Anyway, they are the bomb and frankly couldn’t be much easier to make than this. Give them a whirl and you will wonder what took you so long to make homemade cookies.
They are adapted just slightly from the original recipe in “The Heirloom Collection” by Annalise Roberts. I am crazy about this book. I know, cookbooks are totally passé and superseded by Pinterest. I use Pinterest too (kinda more often than I want to admit here) but this wonderful cookbook is crammed with recipes that harken back to when my mom baked for me. Or what I baked for my kid before I went gluten free. Honestly these cookies remind me of a recipe from “The Joy of Cooking” which I used to make many years ago for Kasey. The recipes in her 2014 volume are all gf of course but they taste like my childhood. Simply Brilliant. If you try these cookies and fall in love…there are many other great recipes to check out.
She puts a vanilla icing on them, I in the interest of avoiding sugar have left that off; feel free to ice yours!
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies (makes 3 doz.)
½ cup softened butter
1 cup sugar (I used organic sugar from Aldi’s)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 lg egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup brown rice flour mix (recipe below)
¼ cup sweet rice flour
1 ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. xanthan gum
½ tsp. salt.
½ cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
Mix all dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in stand mixer until well blended. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Stir in dry mixture on low speed. Blend well, add raisins if desired. Drop by tbsp onto baking sheet. I used a soup spoon for that process. Bake 15-16 minutes. Let cool 2-3 minutes on sheet before removing them with spatula to a cooling rack. They can be frozen for a couple weeks. I found the cookies to get a bit soft when stored in a cookie jar. Just enjoy them fresh and freeze leftovers. I eat them right out of the freezer…delish! Enjoy
Flour blend (Same as King Arthur basic gf blend)
2 cups brown rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca starch