Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Gluten Free Oatmeal Date Jumbo Cookies
It's been one of those weeks. Allergies are getting me. Sleep has been elusive. My Meatless Monday post was waylaid by computer and camera issues. The only thing that seemed blog worthy today is this recipe for Oatmeal Jumbo Cookies because sometimes you just need cookies. Now that I'm enjoying a hot cup of tulsi tea and a couple of cookies the day is looking brighter. =D
Gabby has made Oatmeal Jumbo cookies from a Better Homes and Gardens recipe each Christmas the last few years. They have become our second favorite new Christmas tradition. The first favorite? Having them all come over on Christmas day and sharing the tamales we've made together earlier that week!
The recipe is flour free and calls for quick cooking rolled oats. Bob's Red Mill has just the thing and they're certified gluten free. Not having to deal with mixing flours is always a good thing when baking gluten free. The combination of chewy oatmeal and peanut butter is so perfect. In fact, these cookies were the inspiration for this muffin. The original recipe calls for candy-coated milk chocolate pieces but with a dye allergy in the house they're out. Gabby has always substituted chocolate chips for us. They're heaven.
It's a recipe I've played with a few times and it's very adaptable and forgiving. Last weekend at a friend's house we had some delicious cookies that were very nearly the same but they had dates rather than chocolate. Since I'm planning a picnic for our beach day this weekend I thought that substitution would be ideal since chocolate chips can be messy in the sun. I'll put a dozen in the freezer when they're cool and they'll defrost in the cooler on the drive.
Because we're careful about sugar I cut it in half and used Turbinado raw cane sugar which, to me anyway, is somewhere between brown and white sugar in taste. The original recipe calls for a combination of each. I thought I had pecans in the freezer but didn't. The only thing really affected by lowering the sugar and not using the pecans was the total amount of cookies - this adaptation made 39 one inch cookies. Of course, a one inch cookie isn't very jumbo at all. If you want truly jumbo cookies you'll get just over a dozen three inch cookies.
And by the way, do you wear aprons in the kitchen? I find they save on time and laundry because when I'm not wearing one is when I usually get splashed or spattered on! Having to run upstairs and change before company comes over is a pain and getting coconut oil out of clothing can be tough but if you're wearing an apron it's no big deal. I especially love this pretty little number - it's so bright and summery. It's from my mom's store and you can find it here.
Oatmeal Date Jumbos
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line two baking sheets with parchment
4 cups Quick-Cooking Oats - I used Bob's Red Mill
1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Grapeseed oil
1 cup Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped Dates
Mix everything together well and shape into 1 inch balls.
Bake for 15 minutes and let cool just a few before removing to plate.