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Gluten free choc chip, cherry and almond cookies

 

Gluten free choc chip, cherry and almond cookies

Gluten free choc chip, cherry and almond cookies

Christmas is a time for giving and small homemade gifts are always well received.

This year I thought I’d make my friends a chocolate treat. Chocolate is perilous in December in the southern hemisphere, chances are it will melt in the heat so chewy sweet biscuits seemed the perfect compromise.

After the success of the unconventional shortcrust recipe I readily chose another recipe with an unconventional ingredient list by Clare Aldous from “Dish” magazine. It needed just one small adjustment to bring the ingredients list in line with the FODMAP diet but you can use honey where I have included maple syrup if you prefer. I also included dried sour cherries instead of white chocolate to balance out the sweetness

This is a quick melt and mix recipe, one bowl, one pot and a few tools.

The trial batch I baked disappeared very quickly from the cookie jar, I challenge you to stop at just one.

Gluten free choc chip cookies with sour cherry and almond

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

2 tablespoon unsweetened dutch process cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup ground almonds

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

100g unsalted cultured butter, melted

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

75g hand chopped dark chocolate chunks

75g skin on whole roasted almonds, roughly chopped

60g dried sour cherries, roughly chopped

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

Add the almond meal, salt, chia seeds and sugar and whisk to break up any lumps.

Melt the butter over a gentle heat, then whisk in the maple syrup and vanilla essence. Add the egg and whisk it into the butter mix.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly.

Gently stir through the chocolate chunks, chopped almonds and cherries.

Chill the mixture for 20-30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 160C. Line 3 oven trays with baking paper.

Drop heaped teaspoonful of the mixture onto the trays allowing space for the biscuits to spread in the oven.

Bake until the edges are crispy, 15-20 minutes.

Remove to a wire cooling rack, then when cool store in an airtight container

Makes about 40.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

19 comments on “Gluten free choc chip, cherry and almond cookies

  1. dunelight
    December 23, 2016

    I signed back in to say, Merry Christmas!
    And I need to look up just what Buckwheat flour is…

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  2. The Hungry Mum
    December 15, 2016

    ooooh, loving the addition of sea salt in these lovely bickies!

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  3. ChgoJohn
    December 14, 2016

    Chocolate chips, cherries, and almonds. Goodness, Sandra! You’ve hit the Big Three! I know plenty of people who will devour these. Of course, much will depend upon whether they’ve been naughty or nice — and how many of the cookies actually make it out of my kitchen and into the gift tins. 🙂

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  4. Paula Holmes
    December 10, 2016

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    December 10, 2016

    Wow! I’m convinced that chestnut flour and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Remember those chestnut flour brownies? These look very yummy and anyone on your gift list will be well pleased.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 10, 2016

      Thanks Debi, yes there are some flavours that are meant to be together, you know instantly when you read a recipe it will be good

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  6. Karen
    December 9, 2016

    Looks yummy

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  7. katechiconi
    December 9, 2016

    Yum yum yum… You had me completely at chocolate combined with cherry!

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  8. Lisa @ cheergerm
    December 9, 2016

    Ah, a melt and mix gluten free bikkie recipe. So going to make these, the addition of sour cherries is a great idea. I used to buy mine from Thomas Dux, then they shut, argh! Love the new pic, we had a hideously hot day yesterday but our weather is more up and down. It’s hard when its relentless and humidity is draining. Wishing you some cool weather soon.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 10, 2016

      I thought they were pretty good, then I tried Francesca from Almost Italian’s recipe. Similar flavours, but hers has a much better texture. Good luck in the sour cherry hunt, middle eastern places should carry them

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  9. SeattleDee
    December 9, 2016

    Chocolate AND dried sour cherries , oh yes please. These sound just perfect while we wait for tonight’s predicted snowfall.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 10, 2016

      Yes is a classic match and with good reason. I’ll think of you in the snow while we swelter😀

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  10. Francesca
    December 8, 2016

    Fabulous,but I have to tell you something. I just made a batch of very similar things, Different but similar. Love yours and will link to you when I post mine. ( mine came about from a silly costco purchase of dried cherries). Sometimes Sandra I wonder how things coincide like this. Merry merry…..a toast.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 8, 2016

      Great minds think alike, or the media has insidiously influenced us, whatever the case may be, I look forward to seeing your version. The flavour was delicious but they lacked snap, which I prefer, or maybe that was just this hideous climate impacting on them. Definitely cheers, I’ll have an ice cold beer….

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  11. Ardys
    December 8, 2016

    Sound delicious. Love the new profile pic. It’s been cool and rainy here all day and me too tired to take advantage, so I’ve just relaxed and enjoyed it 😉

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 8, 2016

      Thanks Ardys.Longing for some cool. It’s hideously humid here and still with temps in low 30s. I wish I’d spent the day with my feet up, feeling my age…

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