Anyone fearful of missing out on Christmas baking because of gluten-sensitivity or CD is really in luck this year-- the internet is teeming with recipes for delicious gluten-free treats. As far as baked cookies go, this next recipe could be classified a "health cookie" (except maybe for the sugar?). Once your mouth gets over the fact that it is not your standard wheat molasses-type cookie, your taste buds say, "al-right!" It's a cookie of substance!
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 egg substitute (mix 1 T. of ground
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (an apple+ in the Vitamix and whirl)
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla
2 1/2 C. brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: cinnamon, ginger, coriander (ground)
*In a large bowl, combine the brown rice flour, spices and baking powder; slowly stir flour mixture into other ingredients and mix until well blended.
*Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
*Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned.
*Remove from baking sheet while still warm. Cool on wire rack.