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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies

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Fall is here. One of my favorite seasons! The leaves have changed from bright red to a vibrant yellow and orange. The temperature can’t make up it’s mind. It’s either really windy and cold or hot. Pumpkins spread from jack o lanterns to pumpkin pie to savory pumpkin spice soup. I have already started listening to Christmas music. I can’t help but want to feel that special spirit of Christmas earlier and earlier each year. It feels like one big wonderful holiday season. It doesn’t help that this time around I have an almost two year old! I want to start cooking and decorating and shopping! I am getting caught in a habit of taking him to toy stores to let him play and I end up just falling in love with all the fun things out there. He gets so excited to show me everything. I’m anticipating Christmas morning, when I get to see his sweet little face light up.

Ok I’m getting too carried away here… October flew by and Halloween was last week! What did you dress up as? Did you take your kiddies trick or treating? I feel so blessed to be a stay at home mom. I was able to take Kaden to the pumpkin patch several times last month! It was a blast because he’s at that age where everything is new and exciting. I was so amazed to see him hop on the pony and totally enjoy it! He loved feeding the little goats too.

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Well, in an effort to stay somewhat healthy during the holidays this year, we made these delicious pumpkin cookies. Although they aren’t 100% healthy, we cut the butter down quite a bit and did our best! Sometimes it is hard to make recipe’s healthy and still have them taste good. Throwing in the gluten free factor is a whole other ball game. Usually, in order to make up for the yummy texture and taste of gluten, gluten free recipes have to include more fats and sugars. So making a healthified gluten free treat and still have it taste super good can be tricky!

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Well we made two different types of pumpkin cookies this year- each to die for! We loved them each for different reasons.

The first is more of a traditional pumpkin cookie.The texture is comparable to a regular gluten filled cookie. We still tried to cut out as much of the butter as possible, and lessen the sugar, but they were so good! It also tastes very pumpkiny.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies
Author: Gluten Free Anonymous

Ingredients:

Bowl 1

  1. 1 1/4 C pumpkin
  2. 1/2 C maple syrup
  3. 1/3 C butter
  4. 1 egg (We add 1 extra egg when we 3X the recipe)
  5. 2 tsp vanilla

Bowl 2

  1. 2 C flour (we use Pamela’s GF flour)
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter & maple syrup.
  4. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients until incorporated.
  6. Add as many chocolate chips as you desire!
  7. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls, flatten slightly.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven.

The second is even healthier than the first. The texture is a bit more dense and less airy. The pumpkin flavor is not as strong but the spices are bolder. This one was my favorite. The recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour but we divided it up into 4 different flours – buckwheat, oat, almond & all purpose flour. I could NOT stop eating them. Seriously. It was bad. Luckily I was in good company because the whole family couldn’t stop either. Let me just mention that Bri and I are the only gluten freebees so it was so funny to see the gluten eaters DOWN these puppies. Haha!

PS the color is darker because of the buckwheat flour, just fyi.

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Healthy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ C + 3 tsp gluten free buckwheat flour
  • ½ C + 3 tsp gluten free oat flour
  • ½ C + 3 tsp gluten free all-purpose flour
  • ½ C + 3 tsp almond flour
  • ¾ C pure maple syrup
  • ¼ C butter, softened
  • 1¾ C pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt;set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter & maple syrup.
  4. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients until incorporated.
  6. Add as many chocolate chips as you desire!
  7. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls, flatten slightly.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes in the preheated oven.
 

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9 Responses

  1. heidifowler
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    I use Pamela’s flour mix in my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, too. I’ve tried them with other mixes, but hers is the best. Thanks for the new recipe to try!

    • Brooke Roundy
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      Isn’t it so good!? Thank you for your comment!

  2. Raia Torn
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    Thank you so much for sharing these at Savoring Saturdays! I can’t wait to give these a try! My family loves buckwheat, so I’m sure even your *healthier* version will be a hit. 😉 I’m going to feature these at this weekend’s party – hope you’ll stop by again!

    • Brooke Roundy
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      Thank you Raia!! I really appreciate that you featured this recipe at your party! I will definitely be joining again! All those recipes looked so yummy!

  3. Katie
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    These look wonderful! I’m so glad to find something Pumpkin that is gluten free!

    • Brooke Roundy
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      They don’t even taste or feel gluten free! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! We couldn’t stop making them this season! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  4. Raia Torn
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    Hey Brooke! Just stopping by to let you know I’m sharing this recipe as part of a Savoring Saturdays special. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us – hope to see you back again in the new year! 🙂

    http://raiasrecipes.com/2014/12/gluten-free-holiday-drinks-cookies.html

  5. Jen
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    These are amazing! I made the first version, with a mixture of buckwheat, corn, chicpea and tapioca flours (I was winging it! 😉 ), and used a chia seed egg to make vegan. They are delish, light and fluffy. This will be my new fave go-to recipe. Thank you!

    • Brooke Roundy
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      That’s awesome they turned out so well! Glad you liked them!

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