Salted Caramel Popcorn and White Chocolate Chip Cookies | gluten free

We are nibbling our way around Las Vegas at this very moment, but oh the memories of this cookie are lingering, and I’m planning on a batch as soon as we get home.

Chewy gluten free cookies full of salted caramel popcorn morsels and sweet white chocolate chips. These are a combination of two of my favourite childhood treats!Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeHave you ever had the pleasure of eating Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs? If you haven’t, I’m sorry, but I do hope you have your own favourite sticky, caramel-coated popcorn treat. Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs were an 80s favourite, but they’ve never gone out of style.

For these cookies I made my own salted caramel popcorn because it’s super, super easy (that’s dangerous knowledge for our waistlines I know) and then I mixed it into chewy, brown sugary, buttery, cookie dough with some white chocolate chips. The caramel popcorn coating melts slightly as the cookies bake creating pools of sticky salted caramel perfection. Drooling.Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI sent these home with my Mum and Dad to thank them for being our taxi to and from the airport. A day later I got a photo of the empty container. All gone. Yes, they are that good. And my parents have a sweet tooth. See! It’s genetic! Every butter, caramel-soaked, white chocolate studded fantasy you have is answered in these cookies. And I only got to eat one. One. And my house smelled like these cookies for days. If you aren’t into scented candles or air-spray contraptions, just bake a batch of these. You will drive your neighbours wild. And probably find yourself sneaking to the cookie jar for just one more…Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeBite into this cookie and your teeth first meet chewy cookie dough, then crunchy popcorn pieces, super sweet chocolate chips and, if you are lucky, a little pool of molten caramel. Be generous with these cookies. Share the happiness and gobble up some of this biscuits of bliss! Although, it is totally acceptable to hoard the whole batch for yourself and eat them while hiding in your closet with a good book and a glass of cold milk. I won’t tell anyone.Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Salted Caramel Popcorn and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten free | Makes about 18 cookies | Preparation Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to four days.

Tip: to make these extra quick you can use pre-made caramel popcorn.

Warning: this recipe involves melting sugar. Molten sugar is incredibly hot. BE CAREFUL when handling the caramel and if making this with kids be sure to keep little fingers out of the way. Take it from someone who had third-degree burns from making caramel, okay?

Ingredients

For the salted caramel popcorn

  • 4 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 50 grams butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the cookies

  • 50 grams sorghum flour
  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 40 grams brown rice flour
  • 35 grams white rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 120 grams butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. First, make the popcorn. Place the air-popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. The sugar will begin to melt in a few minutes. Gently shake the pan to mix the molten sugar around the pot. When it starts turning a deep honey colour remove from the heat and whisk any un-melted sugar until it dissolves.
  4. Add butter and whisk until is incorporated. Add salt. Pour caramel over popcorn and use two wooden spoons to toss and mix the popcorn until it is coated in the caramel mixture. Do not use your hands as the sugar will be incredibly hot. Set popcorn aside to cool while you make the cookie batter.
  5. Weigh sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl and whisk them until well combined.
  6. In the bowl of a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer) beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
  7. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  8. With mixer on low speed add whisked dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  9. Using a wooden spoon mix in popcorn and white chocolate chips.
  10. Using your hands form heaped tablespoonfuls of batter into balls and place on prepared baking trays. Leave about 6cm between cookies to allow for spreading. You may need to bake the cookies in two batches depending on the size of your baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until they are spread out and the edges are golden. These cookies will still be incredibly soft when they come out of the oven. This accounts for the chewiness. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the trays before removing and serving or storing.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Melting Moments | Gluten Free

Sweet, buttery, crumbly gluten free shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with lemon buttercream. These Melting Moments are the perfect tea-time, or anytime, treat!Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeShortbread is magic, don’t you think? It has so few ingredients but they all come together to create something magical. I think it has something to do with the butter, but then I have a Danish mum so butter is pretty much considered its own food group in my family home. Shortbread is a reminder that the simplest things are often the best, and then you have shortbread’s slightly more jazzy cousin: the melting moment. The melting moment takes the buttery love to the next level of awesomeness and celebrates butter with abandon in one tiny little cookie package.Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeMelting Moments are another baked treat that take me back to childhood days baking with Mum or Dad. These little cookies are great for making with kids because they only use a few simple techniques, and kids love rolling the dough into balls and pressing the tops with a fork. And everyone loves sneaking a few tasty bites of dough while they thing no-one is looking (not that this ever happens in my kitchen..ahem…). Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeMelting Moments are wonderful because they are so customisable. I filled mine with a light lemon buttercream this time, but they are just as great sandwiched together with vanilla or raspberry buttercream, or passionfruit curd. One of my aunties makes spectacular passionfruit melting moments that are always a hit at family gatherings.

Shortbread’s ‘short’ texture – crumbly and slightly sandy – comes from the absence of water or watery ingredients such as milk or eggs in the recipe. Without water the proteins present in the flours cannot develop so instead of an elastic cookie dough you get a ‘short’, buttery, crumbly textured biscuit. In a gluten free shortbread this crumbly texture is helped along by the lower levels of protein in many common, naturally gluten free flours such as rice flour and cornflour, which I’ve used in my recipe.

Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThese biscuits are easy to make, and there’s no waiting for the dough to chill (except maybe on the hottest of summer days) so these bake up quickly from the first whir of your standmixer. Perfect for nibbling alongside your favourite cup of tea or sharing with some friends. I took mine to work and they were gone within an hour! Treat yourself to a buttery, sandy cookie and bake up some melting moments today!Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Melting Moments

Gluten Free | Makes 15 sandwiched cookies

Ingredients

For the melting moments

  • 80 grams brown rice flour
  • 80 grams sorghum flour
  • 65 grams white rice flour
  • 75 grams cornflour (ensure this is gluten free)
  • 250 grams butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (ensure this is gluten free)

For the lemon buttercream

  • 100 grams butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups icing sugar (ensure this is gluten free)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160C (325F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, and cornflour.
  3. In the bowl of a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Turn mixer speed to to low and beat in whisked flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Lightly flour your hands with some cornflour and roll teaspoons of mixture into balls and place on lined baking sheets about 3cm apart.
  6. Once all of the dough is rolled press down lightly on the top of each ball with a fork.
  7. Bake biscuits for 12-15 minutes, rotating trays halfway through baking time. Once the biscuits are cooked, allow them to cool on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. While the biscuits are cooling, make the buttercream. Place all ingredients into a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  9. Sandwich biscuits together with buttercream and serve. Leftovers will keep up to four days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free

Delectable, double chocolate cookie cups that are easy to make, quick to bake, and delicious to eat. These gluten free cookie cups are a great last-minute chocolate treat!Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThe unwavering support and belief of your partner no matter what your creative pursuit is a precious thing, but it can get downright frustrating when you are a blogger with a list of ‘must try recipes’ a thousand pages long (not kidding) and you can’t make up your mind what to make next. In fact, you may feel like picking up your favourite cookie sheet and applying it to said partner’s head when he shrugs and says ‘everything you make is good’. That is not an answer that a chocolate-starved mad woman wants to hear on a Wednesday night when she needs something to make for dessert with her in-laws on Friday.Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeLuckily Jessica from Sweetest Menu was there to save me, the cookie sheet, and Chris’s head (love you babe). One of the first photos to greet me this morning was Jessica’s post about her delectable and charming Chocolate M&M Cookie Cups. I just knew these chewy chocolate cookie treats were the perfect sweet treat to take with us to Chris’s parents.

These delightful cookies mix up like any basic cookie recipe, but instead of waiting for them to chill so that you don’t get molten cookie disaster (this happens to me all the time because I am super impatient, not that you’ve noticed that by now…), you bake them in a well-greased muffin tin. This ensures that each cookie has that thickness that is so desirable. Cooking these cookies in a muffin tin also ensure crispy edges on every cookie. Crispy edges + thickness + soft, pillowy, chocolate-filled centre = cookie monster win.Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI cannot wait to make these cookie cups again, and I can only imagine all the other incarnations these cups might take. If you are new to gluten free baking, these are a great place to start, and this is a wonderful recipe to make with kids (they nestle perfectly inside little lunchboxes). If you’re making these for a special occasion dessert you might want to pile them up with a little ice cream too…just a suggestion….Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Gluten Free | Makes 12 cookie cups | Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days

Ingredients

  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 50 grams sorghum flour
  • 40 grams white rice flour
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 115 grams butter, softened
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 70 grams (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (plus extra for decorating)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and grease a 12-hole muffin tin very thoroughly.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and cornflour. Set aside until required.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla on a medium-high speed until light and fluffy. About 3 minutes.
  4. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure thorough mixing.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low and add whisked dry ingredients. Beat until the batter starts to form a sturdy dough. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help everything come together into a thick, cookie dough consistency.
  6. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in the white chocolate chips.
  7. Divide dough between holes in muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges should look puffed and the middles will have sunken a little. Decorate with extra white chocolate chips while still warm from the oven. Allow cookies to cool completely in the tin.
  9. Remove from tin when cool and devour!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free

Dense, chewy, gluten free cookies filled with semi sweet dark chocolate chips, toasted hazelnuts, dried blueberries and quinoa flakes. Fill your cookie jar with these sweet morsels today!Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeBecause I am a cookie person I sometimes think that cookies are a metaphor for life. I’m deep into kitchen philosophy like that. I think that not only does your favourite cookie tell you something about yourself, but what you’ve got in the cookie jar reflects a little on your current state of mind.

Me? I’m a chocolate chip girl myself, and I’ve mused on it many times. But today’s cookies are an extra jam-packed version of a basic cookie recipe. This cookie is definitely telling it how it is about my life at the moment: lots of sweet things fighting for real estate in one mouthful. See? Cookies are like therapy, only cheaper (and you get to lie on your own couch) – and these ones take less time to make than the average therapy session!Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeIn this chewy cookie creation you have it all: chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, and the chew factor. Let’s start with the basics: chocolate chips. I’m an equal opportunity chip lover: dark, milk, white. I’ll take them all. The only catch: they have to be good quality. I use Nestle or Cadbury every time. Also, you should never use a chip to bake with if you wouldn’t eat it straight out of the bag. Believe me; I’ve done extensive testing on the subject.

I picked hazelnuts up at the health food store this weekend because winter mornings make me crave hazelnuts. I love the way their shells are shiny and smooth, the way they feel in my hands. Also, you have to roast your nuts before incorporating them into any recipe: this will help you to show off the flavour even more.Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI added a shower of my favourite dried blueberries to this cookie dough because the tiny little blue orbs are super sweet but also slightly tart and are the perfect foil to semi-sweet chocolate chips and roasted buttery hazelnuts.

And then the chew factor. I have a few gluten free friends who cannot tolerate oats, and I’ve been trying to be super kind to my tummy lately, so I have been experimenting with quinoa flakes to replace what rolled oats would provide for a cookie, namely chew and heft. I am happy to report that quinoa flakes contribute the same sun dried grassy sweetness that oats usually would.Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeMy workmates, although initially sceptical of the inclusion of dried fruit in cookies (where do these people come from and why don’t the recognise the pleasure of the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie?), loved these cookies! And when I went to try and sneak one from the break room after a long day of meetings, I was met with only crumbs. Now that’s a sweet morsel indeed.

My Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies are sweet and soft because we use only brown sugar, but chewy from the quinoa flakes. The vanilla extract is the perfect background flavour for the stand out chunks of semi-sweet chocolate chips, tart blueberries, and toasty hazelnuts. When life gets crazy, listen to your inner cookie monster.Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes approximately 24 cookies

Notes:

  • To toast the hazelnuts: preheat oven to 180C. Spread nuts across a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 10 minutes. The hazelnuts should start to smell toasty and darken in colour. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before roughly chopping and using in recipe.
  • If you don’t require this recipe to be gluten free you can replace the buckwheat, sorghum, and white rice flours with 240 grams of wheat/spelt flour, and you can replace the quinoa flakes with rolled oats.

Ingredients

  • 80 grams buckwheat flour
  • 80 grams sorghum flour
  • 80 grams white rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup quinoa flakes
  • 120 grams (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dried blueberries

 Method

  1. In a small bowl whisk together buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, baking soda, salt, and quinoa flakes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a hand mixer) beat butter and brown sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add egg, vanilla extract, and milk, and beat until well combined.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add whisked dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
  5. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and dried blueberries.
  6. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  7. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on lined baking sheets. Leave space for spreading.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden. The centres will still be soft (this makes for chewy cookies). Remove and cool completely on baking sheets.
  9. Store cookies in refrigerator for maximum chewiness for up to four days.

Hazelnut, Dried Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThank you everyone for your kind messages after my last post. You are all so lovely for keeping us in your hearts at this time. Thank you, x Amy.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free

Chewy, oaty, chocolate chunk filled morsels with a little sprinkling of something from the garden. These cookies are my new small batch gluten free favourite that I make when I need to feel just a little justified at baking cookies at 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI try to keep my treat foods limited to the weekend, apart from a square or two of dark, dark chocolate while drinking tea and watching a little pre-bed television (side note: does anyone else watch House of Cards? Is anyone else completely in love with Claire’s wardrobe?). Now, I am not one for deprivation, but allowing myself a little chocolate during the week and saving my big treats for when I am baking on the weekend makes those indulgences even more special, which is something I have had to learn about how my body, mind, and I relate to ‘sometimes foods’.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeBut then, there’s the Wednesday cookie. You know what I’m talking about even if you call it by a different name: #winowednesday ring a bell anyone? The Wednesday cookie is the treat that you know you don’t quite need, but you need it at a deeper level. You need it because you just sat through an eleven hour meeting. You need it because you went to the gym at 5 am and didn’t get home from work until 7 pm. You need it because you want to change into stretchy pants and indulge in some midweek brain-draining television. Enter: the Wednesday cookie.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNow that you know about the Wednesday cookie, you need to know that I have a few rules for my Wednesday cookie indulgences. I want a small batch so that I don’t find myself with two dozen extra cookies after I have had my little treat. I want something rich and truly indulgent so that my cravings are fully satisfied in just one or two cookies. Wednesday cookies also need to be easy to make while you are putting together dinner, which these are apart from a little time chilling (time to eat dinner and wash the dishes). Once the cookies are baked I keep them in the refrigerator – it adds a little extra chewiness; though, I can attest that these are also perfect eaten warm off the tray. Melted chocolate chip smiles make Wednesday nights all the sweeter.

My Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies are filled with dark chocolate chips and chewy rolled oats, and some grated zucchini, you know, so that your indulgence is tempered with a little bit of green too. Because, it’s only Wednesday after all!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes 12 cookies

Notes:

  • You need to chill this dough for 20 minutes before baking. This is important to obtaining the perfect texture.
  • If you can’t tolerate oats, you can leave them out, or replace them with quinoa flakes.

Ingredients

  • 40 grams buckwheat flour
  • 40 grams sorghum flour
  • 40 grams white rice flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 small zucchini grated

 

Method

  1. In a small bowl whisk together buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a hand mixer) beat butter and brown sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, and milk, and beat until well combined.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add whisked dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
  5. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in chocolate chips, oats, and grated zucchini.
  6. Chill dough for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  8. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on lined baking sheets. Leave space for spreading.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden. The centres will still be soft (this makes for chewy cookies). Remove and cool completely on baking sheets.
  10. Store cookies in refrigerator for maximum chewiness for up to four days.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free

These Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy with oats, studded with dark chocolate chips and toasted walnuts, and warmly spiced with cinnamon and ginger. A perfect dozen cookies just waiting for your cookie jar.

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeSometimes I just want a small batch of cookies. An appropriate number of cookies to keep in a house with only two people who are trying to maintain the illusion of eating healthily most of the time. You know what I mean. But in the midst of all that healthy eating do you ever come home from a long day at work following a morning workout and just want to eat cookies? I do, and I know you do too. These cookies are coming to our rescue. These cookies are our midweek cookie friends. No need to deal with 24, 36, 48 cookies in the cookie jar – this recipe makes a perfect dozen. Just the right amount to keep around the house for a treat or two during the week, or a sweet surprise in your darling’s lunchbox.

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeYou know I’m a fan of oatmeal cookies: we’ve had them chewy and studded with dried blueberries, and crispy with caramel chips. But I think these pumpkin and spice oatmeal cookies are my favourites ever. Ever. They are chewy, super chewy, and I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for maximum chewiness. And they are filled with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to bring warmth and compliment the brown sugar sweetness of these cookies.

Science time: the moisture content of these cookies is increased by the use of brown sugar, and only the yolk of an egg. There is no need for a full egg, just the egg yolk. Egg yolk protein once cooked makes for a denser, fudgy cookie. These two ingredients (brown sugar and egg yolk) are also the tenderisers, the moisture-boosters, in our perfect chewy oat cookies. Choosing baking soda as the leavening ingredient reacts with the acid in brown sugar and allows for the cookies to rise, but keeps them dense rather than cakey. So brown sugar + egg yolk + baking soda = dense, chewy, fudgy oatmeal cookies. Yay cookie science!

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeAnd then come the mix-ins. Gluten free quick oats bind the batter together and give extra chew. But the best bits, the most scrumptious, hunt-through-the-batter bits are toasted walnuts and dark chocolate chips. You could of course use milk chocolate, but the dark chocolate stands up well next to strongly flavoured toasted walnuts and the spiced cookie dough. And they just feel a little more indulgent. If you are going to make a tiny, every day kind of treat, you should make it as indulgent as possible. Enjoy this perfect dozen cookies for your next midweek cookie treat.

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifePumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes 12 cookies

Notes:

  • You need to chill this dough for an hour before baking. This is important to obtaining the perfect texture.
  • To make pumpkin purée: peel and chop about 3/4 cup pumpkin. Place in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of water and microwave in 2 minute bursts until the pumpkin is soft all the way through. Cool completely and blend until smooth.

 

Ingredients

  • 30 grams buckwheat flour
  • 30 grams sorghum flour
  • 30 grams white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup gluten free quick oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Method

  1. In a small bowl whisk together buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, quick oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a hand mixer) beat butter, brown sugar, and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, and pumpkin and beat until well combined.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add whisked dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
  5. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Chill dough for at least an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  8. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on lined baking sheets. Leave space for spreading.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden. The centres will still be soft (this makes for chewy cookies). Remove and cool completely on baking sheets.
  10. Store cookies in refrigerator for maximum chewiness for up to four days.

Pumpkin Oat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free

These are my desert island cookie. If I could eat only one dessert for the rest of my life (oh, the horror!) it would be these cookies. Butterscotch-y (now a word) dough, chunks of semi-sweet chocolate, crispy edges, and soft, under-cooked centres – I couldn’t ask for anything more. These are my Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies, and you need to try them today.

Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies are close to my heart. I have our family chocolate chip cookie recipe memorised after decades of making it with my family for every occasion (Wednesday nights are an occasion, okay). These gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best version I have made yet. Chewy, buttery, brown-sugar-heavy cookies generously packed with shards of dark chocolate, you won’t be able to stop visiting the cookie jar for ‘just one more’.

I already have a gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe on this site. Made way back in 2012 when Thoroughly Nourished Life was but a fledging here on the internet. That recipe is good, but I’m here to tell you folks: this one is even better.

Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.comMy Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies have crispy edges and chewy centres because we are using both baking soda and baking powder in this recipe. I personally like to nibble around the crispy edges to start and then leave the ooey-gooey packed-with-chocolate centre for last. Because this recipe uses a combination of brown sugar and caster sugar, and chills in the refrigerator overnight, the butterscotch and vanilla flavour of the dough is well developed.

It might seem like a nuisance to chill your dough for that long but science tells us that chilling the dough for that little bit longer gives us an even better cookie – and I’m not one to argue with science. Chilling for 24 hours takes the flavour of this dough to the next level of chocolate chip heaven. Of course, if you would like, you can just chill the dough for an hour (both instructions included below) and still have delicious cookies.

Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.comLook at that stack! Chilling the dough before baking also give us THICK cookies. These are substantial, weighty, bakery-style thick cookies. These are the cookies that you go to the gym for, in fact, I was glad I went for a run before baking them because I think I ate my own body weight in dough before it even made it into the oven!

My favourite part of these cookies is the large chunks of semi-sweet dark chocolate scattered liberally throughout the dough. I’m not against chocolate chips (there is always an emergency stash in our cupboard and at least two packets open in the fridge), but a hefty cookie calls for worthy chunks of chocolate. It’s your choice of course, but just look at the size of some of those chunks.

Now, let’s review. These cookies are:

  • Chunky
  • Chewy
  • Crispy-edged
  • Soft-centred
  • Butterscotch-y
  • Gluten free (yay!)
  • Filled with semi-sweet chocolate

In conclusion, grab your ingredients and a bowl and get to making these Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies. Your cookie jar, and your taste buds, will thank you.

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Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes approximately 24 cookies | Gluten Free | Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. Cookies can be frozen, well-wrapped for up to two months

Ingredients

  • 75 grams sorghum flour
  • 75 grams buckwheat flour
  • 75 grams white rice flour
  • 75 grams brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 grams dark chocolate, chopped

Method

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, white rice flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside until required.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed, or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat well between additions. Scrape down the side of the bowl if required.
  4. Turn mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients. Beat until well incorporated.
  5. Using a wooden spoon mix in dark chocolate chunks until well distributed.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Alternatively, chill dough for an hour and then proceed to the next step.
  7. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  8. Roll generous tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheets. Leave room for spreading.
  9. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just getting golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature before eating (if you can resist a warm cookie straight from the oven!).

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Mum’s Mixed Spice Cookies | Gluten Free

These cookies are a holiday necessity in our house. Perfectly spiced with a hint of caramel sweetness, they are the best cookies for cutting into festive shapes and decorating with frosting, and edible decorations.

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I remember the first day I made these cookies like it was yesterday. Mum had taken Jess and I to a YMCA Christmas function and the activity of the day was making these cookies together and decorating them with raisins. It was a really special moment making these cookies with my Mum and sister and taking them home for Dad. Every time I bite into one of these cookies, I remember that first day, and all the Christmases since.

Mum's Mixed Spice Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

My Mum has made improvements to the original recipe over time, because in her house raisins are only found in breakfast foods, never in desserts (I’m still a raisin oatmeal lover to her chagrin), and the original heavy dose of ginger was replaced with the more subtle flavour of mixed spice (pumpkin spice for my Northern Hemisphere friends). This cookie recipe has been made in our house for the last twenty years. Every Christmas, come the first week of December, someone in the household will pull down Mum’s big yellow binder full of recipes and get started on the first batch of the season. Much dough tasting later (scrap nibbling is highly encouraged) the cookies are cut into shapes and the house fills with the delicate scent of cinnamon and allspice.

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Mum’s Mixed Spice Cookies puff slightly in the oven, and when they are cooled they are soft and warmly sweet, and pair perfectly with a drape of sweet frosting. You can be as wild or restrained as your tastes allow. This year I have made this cookie recipe my own by mixing up gluten free flours for treats that taste exactly like the cookies Mum makes, but safe for tender tummies. If you don’t need the cookies to be gluten free, just replace the gluten free flours and almond meal with 2 cups of plain flour.

These cookies are tender, so treat them gently when transferring the cut-out cookies to the baking trays, and allow them to cool completely on the trays before you decorate them. They do store very well though, and if wrapped up in an airtight container they will last for up to a week. If you wrap them in cellophane or in brown paper, they make an excellent gifting cookie and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t fall for their subtly spiced, tender crumbed charm.

Mum's Mixed Spice Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Mum’s cookies are perfect for making with little bakers who can help with rolling, cutting and decorating. Don’t worry about the messy kitchen, the sticky fingers, and the lopsidedly decorated Christmas tree cookies. What matters is the love, the joy of creating, and the value of your time spent together. Those are the Christmas memories that last a lifetime.

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Mum’s Mixed Spice Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes about 24 5cm cookies | Leftovers will keep up to a week in an airtight container

Ingredients

  • 125 grams butter, softened
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 70 grams sorghum flour
  • 70 grams brown rice flour
  • 70 grams white rice flour
  • 50 grams almond meal
  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice (or ginger)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line three baking sheets with baking paper. Set aside until required.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together sorghum flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, almond meal, buckwheat flour, mixed spice, and baking powder.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using hand beaters, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream softened butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg, vanilla, and golden syrup and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add flour, and use a wooden spoon to mix together dough. It may be tough to get it to come together in a ball, but you can use your hands if you need to.
  6. Scoop the dough together into a large ball. Divide this in half.
  7. Lightly dust your bench with some rice flour and gently roll out the dough to about .8cm thick. This dough is a little more delicate than a wheat dough but it will roll.
  8. Use your choice of cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place on prepared baking sheets. You can use a thin, flat, spatula to help remove the cut out shapes from the bench if required. Leave a little room for spreading.
  9. Once you have cut out all the shapes, gather together dough scraps and re-roll, continue until all the dough it used up.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and the cookies have puffed up slightly.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before decorating as desired.

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Chewy Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies

I believe that sometimes you accidentally meet people who are part of your tribe. Somehow the magic strings of the universe are pulled the right way and you cross paths with people you are meant to be friends with. Sometimes you don’t know that you are meant to be friends right away, and sometimes there are signs posted by the universe to alert you. Like these cookies. These chewy oatmeal cookies were a big delicious sign from the universe that I have found one of my tribe, a new friend, here on the internet in Lynn from Fresh April Flours. (Hi Lynn and Matt!)

Chewy Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

And when Lynn posted these cookies a few weeks ago I knew it wouldn’t be long until a gluten-free version would be baking in my oven. When the cinnamon and butter scent started wafting through the house I knew the universe had sent me the right way. If you are looking for the perfect chewy, gluten-free, oat cookie you have found the answer. Lynn added molasses to her cookie recipe for maximum chewiness and dense sweetness, but I couldn’t find any in my local supermarket, so I swapped it for golden syrup. I was happy to find that it had the same outcome! I also managed to find Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Free rolled oats finally! When you make these cookies please ensure that you use rolled oats, not quick oats, for chunky, chewy cookies. And make sure your oats are gluten free for the sensitive stomached among us.

Chewy Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

I switched out raisins for dried blueberries in my recipe, but followed Lynn’s suggestion to plump them up in water before adding them to the dough. Each bite of these gems is filled with oats and sweet plump blueberries. Even before I baked them I couldn’t stop eating the dough (you know I’m all about that delicious dough). Soft, chewy, spicy, sweet – these cookies have it all. You need to make these soon, they are the perfect after work snack, morning tea pick-me-up, and home made treat to share. For maximum enjoyment find a friend (new or old) and bring a plate of cookies to share. The universe says so.

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 Chewy Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies

Adapted from Fresh April Flours

Gluten Free | Makes approximately 30 cookies | Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 80 grams (2/3 cup) buckwheat flour
  • 80 grams (1/2 cup) white rice flour
  • 80 grams (1/2 cup) brown rice flour
  • 80 grams (2/3 cup) sorghum flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 120 grams (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 200 grams (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 3 cups gluten free rolled oats

Method

  1. Place dried blueberries in a small bowl and cover with warm water. Leave for 10 minutes to soak. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside until required.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, sorghum flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl use a wooden spoon (or handheld mixer) to cream butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and beat until well incorporated. Add golden syrup and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add flours and beat until completely mixed. Add oats and blueberries to the dough and mix well.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to two days.
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking and preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  8. Line two baking trays. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into 2.5cm (1 inch) balls and place on baking trays about 5cm (2 inches) apart.
  9. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on your oven) or until the edges are cooked and the middles are still soft.
  10. Allow to cool on trays before storing in an airtight container for up to five days.

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread with Salted Caramel Filling

Now that I live away from home I really look forward to visiting my parents. We have always had a special relationship and I view them just as much my friends as my parents. When I walk through the door it’s like being enveloped in a big warm hug, well usually it involves multiple big warm hugs and lots of slobbery kisses from one three-legged rascal dog. When I come home, I try never to come empty handed because I know by the time I leave the next day I will usually have a bag full of extra groceries that Mum ‘just happened to have’ and useful bits and bobs (like a toolbox) that Dad ‘thought might come in handy’. How do you thank two people who have taken care of you since before you were even in the world and keep doing so every single day?

Chocolate Chip Shortbread with Salted Caramel Filling | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

My  answer is cookies (or cake, or slice – you get the point). I bring my offering to the door of the people who have loved me longest and best because that is all I can do in the face of this enormous love.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread with Salted Caramel Filling | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Last weekend I brought these buttery chocolate chip shortbread sandwiches along on Saturday night for a treat for the three of us (Chris was out with the boys). I usually enjoy a firmer shortbread but these were slightly softer and oh so cocoa-y. There are only eight ingredients (or six if you don’t need it to be gluten free) in this easy to make shortbread and you will love the fact that you can make the shortbread dough up to a month ahead of time, and freeze it for when you need it. Chilling the dough has the purpose of ensuring the cookies are flaky because of the solidified buttery pockets inside the dough, and also means that you have cookies on hand whenever you require them. On second thought, that could be dangerous knowledge. Like the fact that freezer brownies taste even better. Now that you know it, you can’t forget it.

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The bitter-sweet shortbread was the perfect foil to the sweet salted caramel filling inside. Speaking of the filling. I could eat this off a spoon by itself. I may have eaten it off the spoon by itself at one point. It’s so easy to make too: I took the caramel from my Salted Peanut Caramel Chocolate Slice, omitted the peanuts, cooled it to room temperature, and then spread it generously between these biscuits. And then I ate them. Well, my fair share at least.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread with Salted Caramel Filling | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Chocolate Chip Shortbread with Salted Caramel Filling

Makes 10 sandwich cookies | Gluten Free | Egg Free | Adapted from BBC Good Food

Note: if you do not require these to be gluten free, you can substitute 200 grams (~1 1/2 cups) plain flour for the almond meal, white rice flour and buckwheat flour.

Storage: Unbaked dough can be wrapped carefully in clingwrap and frozen for up to a month. Baked and filled cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 175 grams (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 85 grams (1/3 cup + 1 tbs) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 50 grams (1/3 cup) white rice flour
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) almond meal
  • 100 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tbs) buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the caramel

  • 400 gram tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup + 1 tbs) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl using either a wooden spoon or a handheld mixer beat together butter, caster sugar, and until creamy and smooth.
  2. Whisk together cocoa powder, white rice flour, almond meal and buckwheat flour and add to creamed mixture. Mix in well.
  3. Add chocolate chips and incorporate into dough. This will be quite stiff so you may have to use your hands to get the chocolate chips fully incorporated.
  4. Split the dough in half. Roll each into 5 cm round logs and wrap tightly in baking paper and clingwrap. Chill for at least an hour or up to 3 days.
  5. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 160C (320F) and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  6. Slice dough into 1 cm thick rounds and place on baking trays leaving 5-6 cm between to allow for slight spreading.
  7. Place cookies in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will still be quite soft so allow them to cool completely on their trays before spreading with salted caramel and sandwiching together.

To make the caramel:

  1. place sweetened condensed milk, golden syrup, and butter into a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until butter is melted and caramel is golden brown in colour and thickened slightly.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla essence and salt.
  3. Pour into a heatproof container and allow to cool to room temperature before using to sandwich cookies together.

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