Gluten-Free Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Dates & Pecans
Spice scents filled the kitchen along with the more subtle brown sugar and pecan aromas…my mom was baking Oatmeal Cookies. These still bring back memories of some of my favorite things about her kitchen, especially Christmas baking. Whatever time of year it is, her oatmeal cookies are still my favorite, but especially during the holidays.
I’ve modified her recipe some to make it gluten-free, but these still taste pretty similar. She would usually use golden raisins, though, which she would have soaked in hot water for a few minutes to “plump” before stirring into the dough. Either fruit works just as well.
Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Dates & Pecans
1 Cup Butter or Margarine, softened (I used Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder (I used Rumsford)
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg, freshly ground (optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Ginger, ground (optional)
3 Cups GF Flour Mix (I used 2-1/4 c. Rice flour, 1/2 c. Potato Starch, 1/4 c. Tapioca Starch)
3 Teaspoons Xanthan Gum
3 Cups Rolled Oats, Certified Gluten-Free (I used Bob’s Red Mill oats and processed them some for a finer consistency)
1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Pecans, Broken
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the softened (room temperature) butter or margarine.
Beat in the sugars, then the eggs. Beat well after each addition.
Stir together the flour mix, baking powder, spices and xanthan gum, mixing well. Beat into the creamed mixture until well mixed.
Stir in the oats, the dates and pecans.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a well-greased baking sheet.
Bake until lightly browned (12-15 minutes). Cool on a rack.
Makes about 4 dozen.
These are gluten-free (no wheat, barley or rye). If you use Earth Balance instead of butter, they will also be casein-free, dairy-free and lactose-free.
This will be linked to the following:
- Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday where you can find a wonderful variety of dishes, all at least somewhat healthier…and still indulgent!
- The Gluten-Free Homemaker’s Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Linda has issued a challenge for December to make a gluten-free cookie.
- She Let Them Eat Cake’s 12 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies which includes giveaways, too — if you don’t get too distracted by all the beautiful cookies you’ll see there!
- Over at A Few Shortcuts where the Cookie Swap 2010 is growing bigger and bigger — so many cookies to choose from!