Gluten Free Applesauce & Raisin Cookies

Friday, January 10, 2014

Recipe No.2 in Roben Ryberg's book "The Ultimate Gluten Free Cookie Book" is Applesauce & Raisin Cookies. 

For those of you who did not had a chance to read about my decision to set myself the challenge of baking and photographing all the gluten free cookie recipes found in this cookie book you can read about it here, but basically this is it...I decided to bake them all and photograph them because it is really a pity that there are no photographs of the cookies.

I have already baked 4 out of the 125 cookie recipes and I will be posting them here soon. 

On with today's recipe: Applesauce & Raisin Cookies

I have to confess, I had to bake them twice over. I made the mistake I always make. I did not pay attention to the recipe instructions. To my defence I was in a hurry and it was quite late at night so I took a short-cut. I did not shape the dough before I put it in the oven to bake. Big mistake! These cookies do not rise nor spread while they bake and that's how I ended up with half baked blobs of cookie dough which was really tasty but completely un-photogenic. After a brief session of I can't believe I did it again I put the cookies in a tapper-ware container and the next morning I send them off to the food twilight zone that is George's office. 

I am serious, the moment anything edible passes the Embassy's threshold it immediately disappears.  It does not matter if the food I give them is ugly and not picture perfect. George's colleagues are happy to oblige and are my best recipe guinea pigs. 

And these cookies are no just edible. They are delicious! 

George reported  back to me that the cookies disappeared in record time and I decided that I had to bake them again. And this time I had to put more effort in making them look as beautiful as they taste. 

This was no small feat though. The dough is very sticky and the only way to shape it, is, as Roben says in her instructions, by patting it down with wet fingers. 

These cookies are definitely worth baking. 
Sweet raisins, tangy applesauce, and cinnamon are just the perfect combination! Like small bites of apple pie.  

So go ahead find the hidden sculptor inside you and get busy with your fingers! 

Gluten Free Applesauce & Raisin Cookies

Adapted from "The Ultimate Gluten Free Cookie Book" by Roben Ryberg
About 40 cookies

1/3 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins


Preheat your oven to 350F/180C.

Lightly oil a cookie sheet/tray.

In a medium size bowl, combine the oil and sugar and beat well. Add the brown rice flour and beat some more. Scrape down the sides of the bowl at least once during mixing.

Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough (it is quite sticky don't worry) onto your prepared tray. Wet your fingertips and press the cookies to 0.5cm/0.25inch thickness.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until they begin to brown. Let them cool on a wire rack before serving them.


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  1. Oh yum! These sound delicious and the photos turned out incredibly beautiful, even tho you had to bake two rounds of these :)

  2. Oh, they look amazing!!! I just want to try them right now. :) gig

  3. Those sound and look super yummy! I'll be saving this recipe so I can try it soon. :) TY for sharing. gig

  4. What a great recipe. I bet this flavor combination is truly delicious

  5. Looks delicious! I'm not into raisins so if I were to make these, I'll have to replace them with chocolate chips. :D Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  6. Looks so yummyyyy! Gotta try it out soon hehe :P

  7. I've never tried cookies with apples in them, but these look delicious!

  8. aww anything with applesauce is a winner in my books! im gonna try this for sure


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