Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cookies

20171206_180748I love lemon. I think I’ve shared that a few times on here. I especially love some lemon curd. I could just nibble on some lemon curd.

I had someone contact me to collaborate on some vegan cookies. Granted gluten-free is my focus, I started brain-storming on cookies that were gourmet, vegan, and gluten-free. My initial idea was lemon lavender with white chocolate. One I prefer white chocolate over chocolate and I have finally found a white chocolate recipe that works really well. Plus I have really liked baking with lavender the last ten years. If used properly, it’s a nice subtle surprise. You don’t want it to be too overpowering. No one like to feel like they’re eating flowers. However, the perfect amount, is just right to have people intrigued. What is that other flavor I’m picking up?

The cookies were soft, which is exactly how I like my cookies. However, in the baking business, especially wholesale, you have to take into consideration: packaging, handling, storage over time. And these cookies would have crumbled or not held up over-time.

Back to the drawing boards. I did not want to give up on the lemon. It’s refreshing to me. I tried a glazed cookie (click the link to get it). Delicious, but not able to withstand the wholesale world. I thought of thyme, that could be lovely. But likely only to attract foodies and not your average person. We wanted a cookie that could be kid-friendly as well.

Blueberry.

Blueberry and lemon are also a beautiful pairing. Plus the blueberries would add a beautiful color. Something else to consider in baking is the aesthetic and visual appeal. I don’t want to offer 3 cookies that all look similar. You need some pop and color. The blueberry could add, some much needed color, especially in a sandwich cookie. I found a recipe inspiration that I could  convert to be both gluten-free and vegan.

The result?

My favorite of all the gluten-free cookies (which was about 7 or so) I made. The flavors were heaven. The texture of the cookie was great. The ratio of filling to cookie, awesome. Half a cookie was good for me!

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Gluten-Free Cherry No-Bake Cookies

imag2932I have made no-bake cookies twice the last, finally I caved and made some gluten-free ones. I HAD too, especially after that many times. Growing up, those were Cliff (my brother) and I’s favorite cookies. We would make them with my momma. I love my mother dearly, but she was not the cook in our house growing up, so these were special moments for us. My dad is a bomb cook, so sorry mom.

Cliff and I loved these cookies, though. I can still playback videos in my mind of us on stools trying to mix and make them ourselves. And then totally stuffing ourselves and ruining our appetite for dinner.

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My Brother, Cliff, the other No-Bake lover

A few years ago I made my first batch of gluten-free ones. After some different experiments, I discovered that coconut and nuts made the perfect combination. The crunch of the nuts makes them perfect. And then I played with honey and coconut oil and coconut sugar. Finally I really hit the sweet spot. And I made them for my markets. They were a top, prized seller. But chocolately food can be a hot mess in the summer heat.

And so I just sort of forgot about them. But making them for a friend and the frat boys last week, had me craving them majorly. Plus my nephew Trenton loves my no-bakes, he says they’re the best. And I don’t take the opinion of a 7 year-old lightly, they are brutally honest. If he didn’t like them or thought they were bad, he would tell it to me straight. My nephew Gavin has straight-up told me before that something I made was awful. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Cherry No-Bake Cookies”

My Top 20 Favorite All-Time Recipes

Yesterday I shared 10 of my favorite all-time recipes I have posted (click the link to check it). I have posted so many ->170<- so I couldn’t just pick 10! I have selected 29 of my favorites, plus one of my brand new favorites.

Today I will share with you 10 MORE of my favorites! I hope you enjoy and of course stayed tune later this week for even more.

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S’Mores Pie

This recipe actually fueled my fire to start my own business. I had had an awakening hike in Colorado, revealing my calling to have my own cooking business. A month later, I brought this pie to Thanksgiving. Everyone raved about it, “why are you training those kettlebells, you should have your own bakery?” This was the encouragement I needed. A nod to go for it. So I started posting recipes. Then I got into our local farmer’s market. I have been gradually building it ever since.

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We ate a lot of potatoes growing up, but I haven’t eaten them in years. I do enjoy playing around with alternatives. I had never eaten or heard of a rutabaga before I started really experimenting and playing around with new foods and recipes. And to this day rutabaga make my favorite fries! Sometimes I’ll use my crinkle cutter and make them look legit.

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Triple Berry Thumbprint Cookies

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I really loved the flavor of everything I made last week, but I also thought they were slightly monochromatic.

This week I wanted to add some colors and other flavors. Monday’s delicious cookies were Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (click the link to check them out).

Today’s are a beautiful little thumbprint. Although I will rat myself out and confess that I didn’t allow enough time for the dough to hang out and chill, so they lost there shape a little, they were hands down my favorite tasting cookie I have made the last two weeks. Especially when they were fresh and warm.

Triple Berry Thumbprint

For the dough:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup triple berry jam
  • pinch of salt

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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

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Cherries are my favorite food. As a child I was drawn to cherry flavored candies. As an adult I love the small window in the summer when cherries are in season. The window is very small though, I feel cherries have the smallest freaking season. Regardless I will confess to eating pounds of fresh cherries during this time.

So when I was deciding on cookies, I knew I had to do cherry cheesecake when I saw it pop up more than three times. I have been on a black forest/chocolate cherry combination kick though. I have a black forest galette planned for the market. So I decided to tweak the recipe and to make them chocolate cherry cheesecake. Plus I also thought back to growing up, when my mother loved some cherry cordial chocolates this time of year. I liked the combination.

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Gluten-Free Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

So far these are my hands down favorite cookie I’ve made this week. I’ve had a hard time not wanting to nibble on some of the cookie dough (most times I prefer cookie dough to the actual cookie).

I think part of it is the brown butter, which just adds incredible flavor. But also the pecans, they are reminiscent of my favorite childhood cookies. Plus the chocolate dipped touch at the end pretty much makes them irresistible. I like the approach of freezing, slicing and baking later, as well. It made them really to easy to make that way.

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Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies

This beautiful Kitchen Aid has been taunting me for months now! I have a pretty amazing family. Yes I have a big, kind-of-crazy, kind-of-loud, opinionated family. But that is all families. They are also tremendously loyal, loving, generous, creative, their-for-each-other, and just freaking awesome. For our wedding reception my grandparents and my father’s siblings all got me a Kitchen Aid mixer. Not just your run-of-the-mill mixer, but a beautiful golden one. It has been in a box since October. For a baker, this is a major tease. To have such a jewel in my possession, yet unable to use it.

Now why have I not been able to use it? If you are unfamiliar with me or this site, I have been living in a frat house the last few months. We had to break a lease in another city and just last week I moved into a new tiny house (studio apartment) with my wonderful husband. Someday I am sure we will look back at our first year of marriage: moving multiple times, living in a tiny space, traveling, adjusting to married life, changing jobs, and living with a bunch of 20 year old frat boys ALL while we were newlyweds as hilarious.

So now that we finally have our own space, I was excited to unpack and get settled in (we both were, which is probably why we were fully moved and box-free by Saturday). I will admit that this mixer was probably the second box I unloaded. I couldn’t help myself, for so long it had called for me and I had to see what it looked like on the counter………..out of that box.  

Once I got it out though, I was faced with a tough decision: what to make first?

One would think a pie, since it is my slight obsession. But I actually went traditional. It is December after-all, so I went for cookies. Plus it was a beautiful snowy Sunday, I had a bit of a cough that kept me in, rather than playing outside in it. It seemed to be the perfect timing to work on some delicious cookie recipes.

Our apartment filled with the smell of ginger and cinnamon. Which brings me to today’s post. Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies. I don’t know what it is, but browned butter is freaking delicious. So when I found a recipe, I decided to tweak it. Make it gluten-free, friendly-up the sugars and see what happened. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies”