It’s officially the holiday season, and I’m starting to prepare the holiday sweets – cookies, candies, and fudge (yes, dairy-free fudge! Coming soon!). The other day I shared one of my new favorite treats, and here’s another. These cookies were more of an experiment, resulting from some cranberries that I bought and for whatever reason, didn’t use. I opted to make a fresh cranberry cookie. These were delightful – the whole grains remind me of oatmeal cookies, but the combination of cranberry and chocolate definitely makes them something special. When I baked these cookies, I could hardly wait until they were cool enough to eat. And then, I had to will myself to stop at 2. They definitely were tasty, to say the least. Maybe not the flashiest cookie on the holiday table, but sometimes, those “ugly ducklings” are the true gems!
So if you’re looking for another treat to round out your holiday cookie platter, these might be a great gluten-free, dairy-free option!
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Multi-Grain Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
½ c tapioca starch
¼ c teff flour
¼ c buckwheat flour
¼ t salt
¼ t xanthan gum
½ t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
¼ t allspice
2 T ground flaxseed meal
1/3 c palm shortening
¼ c coconut oil
½ c sucanat or evaporated cane juice
¼ c sugar
¼ c honey
1 large egg
1 t vanilla extract
1 c quinoa flakes
1 c dark chocolate chips (dairy-free)
1 c coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets.
In a medium bowl, combine tapioca starch, teff flour, buckwheat flour, salt, xanthan gum, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and flaxseed meal and whisk. Set aside.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream shortening, coconut oil, sucanat, sugar and honey together. Add egg and beat in until combined. Add vanilla extract and beat in. Turn speed to low and slowly add flour mixture. Once combined, add quinoa flakes. Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries.
Scoop onto prepared baking sheets into balls about 2 inches in diameter, spaced about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes or just until the edges are browned. Remove and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes or until set enough to transfer to a rack. Allow cookies to cool completely on rack.
Makes about 2 dozen.