Alisa Fleming ~ For those of you who can eat gluten, or who like the adventure of adapting recipes, see my prior cookie recipe round-up, "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays."
Doesn’t it seem like everyone and their dog is going gluten-free these days? Though I had never been gluten-free in the past, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking for the past five years … ever since several bags of gluten-free baking mixes landed on my desk for review. Since then I’ve tested out a variety of flours … in fact, at any given time, I have at least ten different flours and starches on hand.
Honestly, I couldn’t explain my fascination with the art of gluten-free baking … until now. You know how sometimes, you just know something, even though you don’t know it? [If that made absolutely no sense to you, just humor me]. Call it intuition, or maybe your subconscious making subtle observations that your conscious mind overlooks. What is all of this rambling about? Tony, my husband and the IT man behind Go Dairy Free, was told to trial a gluten-free diet by our doctor …
Yes, me allergic to milk, and a month into the gluten-free trial, it really does look like he may be intolerant to gluten. We are quite the pair, really.
Fortunately for him, I was prepared. At the first sign of a carb craving, I scavenged our pantry, and gluten-free, dairy-free pizza was on the table. Oh, and dessert? I’ve had that one covered for years. All he had to do was pick from among the ones he liked best, all made (and given the thumbs up from gluten-eating taste buds) long before this gluten-free adventure …
Bakery-Style Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
Maple Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Drop Cookies
Not a fan of cherries in cookies? You can go all chocolate with these if you prefer!
Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are so awesome that they made my "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays" list, too!
Article, recipes, and photos by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.
I tried it today with a slight difference that I put dates instead of brown sugar as I had to make it sugar free also. It took 40 minutes instead of 15-20 minutes to bake. t gives a slightly bitter taste. So, we could not joy that well, sorry. Will u please suggest some improvement.
Hi Swantantra, I’m not sure which recipe you made (there are several cookie recipes on this post), but swapping dates for brown sugar will yield very different results. Your adding a lot of moisture and changing the flavor of the recipe. You might try date sugar instead, or I would start with a recipe that uses dates. The ones here weren’t formulated to swap in fruit for the sweetener. A lot of changes would need to be made! I wish I could help you mmore, but I’d have to test a lot in the kitchen to make those kind of changes to one of these recipes.
Can all of these cookies be frozen?
That depends on if you typically freeze cookies. There isn’t anything in them that would make freezing less possible.
May be a silly question… but are dark chocolate chips really dairy free?
Not all brands, but many are. Chocolate is naturally dairy-free – a lot of manufacturers just like to add milk ingredients! See this section Monique – http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-chocolate
i make gift baskets for the holidays and want to know if I’m able make any of your recipes to include in the gift baskets. They are wrapped in plastic cellophane. Do they need to stay in the fridge or can they remain out of the fridge?
Yes, the recipes are for enjoying! Like any other cookies, they will keep at room temp, but are best to enjoy when as fresh as possible! Store airtight.
sounds great can’t wait to try them