Gluten Free Chocolate and Nut Cookies

I originally wanted to write about a traditional Czech Easter sweet bread. I did bake the bread, and I took pictures of it. But then, I changed my mind. Not only a special flour is needed for the bread, which I think you can not find easily everywhere, but I also wanted to enjoy some leisure time with P. during Easter, and I didn't feel like writing a blog post. I'm truly terribly lazy some days.

But don't worry, I have something better for you today. My first gluten free cookies! These cookies represent my very first experience with gluten-free baking. It wasn't difficult at all, in the end. I have been wanting to bake gluten free something for a while, but I couldn't find any gluten free flour anywhere in our local supermarkets.

Most of gluten free recipes call for amaranth or quinoa flour which I still can't find. What I used for my cookies is a gluten and wheat free plain white flour blend. This flour blend is milled from rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat.

We spent a couple of nice days with our friends and ate a lot of food during the long weekend. I mean really a lot! I felt like a hot air balloon. Then P. cooked lamb chops with sage and rosemary for lunch on Sunday. I was still craving something sweet, but I wanted to make a light dessert after such a feast. And that was when these cookies came to my mind.

I was very happy with the result. I used all different kinds of nuts I found in my cupboard, and added a quality dark chocolate. The taste was amazing and they were nicely tender in texture. I wouldn't recognise they are made with a gluten free flour. I can honestly say I look forward to trying more gluten free recipes.

Gluten free chocolate and nut cookies

320g gluten free flour blend
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
190g unsalted butter, room temperature
155g golden cane sugar
75g dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
100g chocolate, chopped
40g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
60g pistachios, roughly chopped
60g almonds, roughly chopped

1. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light. Scrape the bowl to make sure the butter and sugar are well combined, and add the eggs one at a time. Then add the vanilla.

2. Slowly add your dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until it comes together.

3. Finally add in all the nuts and chocolate and mix well to combine.

4. Cover the bowl with foil and chill the dough for a few hours.

5. Preheat oven to 175C. Scoop a tablespoon of dough and place it on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


  1. Well done on your first gluten free cookies! I tell you, these delicious recipes are hard to come by!! Thanks for being so kind as to make some substitutions as well, the ingredients list is much more accessible compared to other recipes I've seen!

  2. You did it again. Absolutely beautiful. The photography is just brilliant and I'm so glad the GF worked for you!

  3. They're absolutely gorgeous for your first gluten free cookies. Some gluten-free ingredients are really hard to find. Your photos are gorgeous.

  4. What wonderful results for your first gluten-free baking, great job! I'm totally smitten with two of my most favourite things combined beautiful photos and cookies.. thank you!

  5. These look wonderful and that pink bucket is so pretty filled with cookies. I had to look for gluten free ingredients for Daring Bakers recently and could only find rice flour easily. The blend you describe sounds like a Dove's Farm one which I found in Sainsbury's.

    I love your new banner, it looks very clean and neat. (I hate mine at moment, blogger driving me nuts... how do you get your blog to look so tidy? The formating on mine is all over the place)

  6. Those are fabulous cookies! So beautiful and tempting!



  7. Hi Sari, I couldn't find certain flours here in small town Austria but at the health food store, when I asked (I wanted buckwheat flour) they took the whole groats and ground them for me. Maybe you could try that with amaranth or quinoa? I think they do it so it saves them from going rancid so fast.

  8. The cookies sound great and I love that you use so many different kind of nuts. How long did it take before that cookie tower that you built collapsed, looks kinda wobbly? ;)

  9. I love love love this post. The bucket is so cute, and the recipe sounds delicious. Have a great end of the week!

  10. beautiful- the photo of the biscuits stacked on top of one another- darling. x shayma

  11. Simply gorgeous, nicely presented and oh, how can you resist to taste one?

  12. I like it already.. Look at those cookie stacks. They look yummy! :-)

  13. Thank you everyone for your comments!

    @Trissa - hope I find more gf recipes where the flour blend will work well.

    @El - You did it again! You always make me smile! :)

    @Bron - So glad you like my photos and cookies! Much appreciated.

    @Sarah - The flour blend I used is exactly the Dove's Farm one. I'm pleased you like my new banner. I was really struggling with the blog design and didn't like it either! Then I finally used my html and ccs knowledge and spent a couple of hours on it one night! :)

    @sasasunakku - thank you for the tip! I'll try to ask somewhere!

    @David - lol. You can't imagine how many times the cookie tower collapsed before I got that one shot! It was extremely wobbly as the cookies are not very flat! :)

    @elra - oh, they are addictive! :)

  14. Your blog is so gorgeous! And, your photos are breathtakingly beautiful.
    My parents are newly gluten free so I experimented a bit for them when I was visiting at Christmas, but I have trouble finding all the appropriate flours here as well. These look delicious!

  15. Thanks a lot for posting a great gluten free cookie recipe.

  16. That tall stack of cookies just makes me smile (with hunger!). How did you get them to pose for you? ;)

  17. what a beautiful tower of cookies. U managed to get stacked so high!! And pretty pink bucket too. Man..i'm hungry.

  18. Sari, they have quinoa flour at the big Whole Foods in Kensington and then other flours like potato, maize, etc... but no amaranth unfortunately. Love the pictures on this post and I can totally relate about the laziness. My papoose is my excuse for slacking usually. ;)

  19. How gorgeous does this all look! I am really wanting to go and bake some of those lovelies myself now!

  20. GF seems to be in right now! And it's great, apparently 1 in 135 of us has Coeliac disease. I have a friend who has Coeliac, so I've tried some recipes, but so far nothing I would write home about.

  21. Yummy looking cookies. Now I feel like dessert after the absolutely gorgeous photos!

  22. How lovely honey - those cookies look gorgeous. I've never tried baking anything gluten free, only because I never needed it (so grateful!), but I have read so much about how much healthier it is. Can't wait to see you on the w/e xxx

  23. That 10-cookie stack is a wonder to behold! The rest of your photos look pretty spectacular too ;). I'm glad these worked out for ya. I posted some GF pumpkin cupcakes that worked really well on my site a while back. My coworkers couldn't even tell the difference :).

  24. I love all the nuts blended together! Wonderful cookies and those would be great anytime.

  25. Mmmm, can't go wrong with ginger and dark chocolate! And what a bonus that they are gluten-free.

  26. Those came out really well, especially for the
    first try at gluten free. Congratulations!