Friday, June 27, 2008

Favorite Cookies

Our Favorite Cookies
1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 c. brown rice flour
2, 1.5 oz boxes of raisins
(or 1/2 c. chocolate chips)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. water

Mix together the oatmeal, flour, raisins, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Then add the oil, maple syrup, vanilla & water. Form cookies into balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. If cookies are too sticky, refrigerate until slightly firm before forming into balls. For best results let cookies set on baking sheets after baking for as long as you can resist. The longer you let them set the less crumbly they will be.

If you want to use whole wheat flour instead of brown rice flour they will turn out just as fabulous. The xanthan gum is not needed when you use wheat flour.

A word on xanthan gum from the Bob's Red Mill package: Xanthan gum is made from the outer layer of a tiny, inactive bacterium called Xantomonas campertris. It is an excellent all purpose thickener for dressings, gravies and sauces. Its unique ability to hold small particles of food together makes it the ideal substitute for gluten in gluten-free baking. Most recipes call for only 1 or 2 teaspoons, so it goes a long way.

I bought an 8oz bag for $11 last year and I still have half a bag left. For gluten free baking it's essential for success and it's definitely been a worthwhile investment.


Megan said...

Because of you, these are also OUR favorite cookies! And everyone I've ever made them for! I am a huge cookie fan, as is Ben, and we LOVE these. I've never made such easy cookies. The mixing is quick and so simple without butter and sugar to mix in. And the other day I tried it with boysenberry syrup and craisins and it was very fruity and sweet and delish! Thanks for the recipe.