gluten-free lemon, ginger & almond cookie recipe {guest post}

Today I have the pleasure of doing my first guest post, over at Healthy Alternatives New Zealand. I've been following Kris and her insightful links for quite some time. I hope you will head over there to read my post about why I choose to make most of our food from scratch as opposed to buying pre-made gluten-free products. Below is the recipe I shared for chewy gluten-free cookies, sweetened with pure palm sugar. They are pretty special. Go on...

gluten-free lemon, ginger & almond cookies
These cookies are gluten-free and cane sugar-free if you don't dust with icing sugar. Butter is relatively low in lactose and we now tolerate it in small amounts but for a dairy-free option replace the butter with dairy-free margarine. Corn starch is what is known as "cornflour" in New Zealand and Australia, make sure it's gluten-free. If you are trying to avoid refined sugars be sure to check the label when buying palm sugar (from any Asian grocery store). Make sure it reads "100% palm sugar" as many have added cane sugar. Studded with lightly toasted almonds, fragrant lemon zest and chunks of crystallised ginger these chewy cookies are the perfect afternoon treat. Or use two sandwiched together with gluten & dairy-free ice cream to make whoopie pies for dessert!
Makes 25-27 cookies.

  • 165g pure palm sugar, roughly chopped (or equal amount of organic raw sugar)
  • 1 1/4 cups (180g) fine brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) buckwheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free cornflour (corn starch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 125g butter (or dairy-free margarine)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (50g) slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup (50g) chopped crystallised ginger
  • icing sugar (powdered sugar) for dusting, optional

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. Line an oven tray with baking paper if preferred or grease the tray.

Place the palm sugar into the bowl of a food processor, pulse a few times until finely ground. Add the flours, corn starch, baking powder and a pinch of sea salt. Pulse a few more times to fully incorporate. Add the butter, lemon zest and pulse again until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the egg and pulse until combined.

Tip the mixture out into a bowl and mix through the almonds and ginger. Using (rice) floured hands shape tablespoons of mixture into balls, slightly flatten and place on tray, allowing plenty of room for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes until light golden. Remove from oven and cool on the tray 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store airtight for up to 3 days. However as with most baking they are best eaten the day of baking.

Recipe linked to : Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays @ Simply sugar & gluten-free

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    Leigh @ Toasted
    September 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Great post Emma.

    You know, I never really learned to cook from my mother (it's a personality thing) and so have learnt what I know from various housemates over the years. I think I just got lucky in sharing houses with fabulous cooks who always started from scratch.

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    September 18, 2011 at 11:24 am

    These look so beautiful, I love the flavour of palm sugar. Nice one on the guest post…and I just happen to have both rice bran and buckwheat flour in my cupboard…

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    This American Bite
    September 19, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Emma, they look wonderful. Perhaps a cookie for me to make when my gluten-free mother visits next month! Thank you!

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    September 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for sharing a lovely gluten-free recipe 

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    September 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Great, +1!!!

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    September 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    It's a nice easy recipe and I have buckwheat and rice flour at home but have never ventured to use the buckwheat, I'll give this one a go.

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    The InTolerant Chef
    September 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

    lovely recipe and lovely post on the other site too. I agree with you, let's make the world a better place- one gluten at a time!

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    September 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Ali @ peasepudding, buckwheat flour is amazing. And a little tip if you don't use it often, keep it stored in the fridge in a glass jar, as it can go rancid quite quickly.

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    September 25, 2011 at 6:18 am

    These look wonderful & something to do with buckwheat flour – yeah! I seem to be accumulating quite a collection of flours….oddly no rice flour, which I will now need to add to the growing collection 🙂

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    April 13, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Worked out pretty well. Not gluten intolerent over here; just wheat so used spelt instead of buckwheat. Also added juice of half a lemon.

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