Today’s guest post comes from Adrienne from the lovely blog, Whole New Mom. She shares a season appropriate recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. They are gluten and dairy-free. One note, feel free to use sprouted flour (whether wheat or gluten-free) in this recipe for even better nutritional value. -Kimi
Ever since the cooler fall breezes blew into town, I have been enthusiastically (a little too enthusiastically, perhaps) on a baking spree.
I have also found myself more and more drawn to pumpkin recipes.
I am not sure why that is, but from what I have seen on other foodie blogs, the Pumpkin Fever has hit a lot of us.
Well, the latest and greatest pumpkin treat in our home is Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!
I found this recipe on the web one day while looking for pumpkin desserts. I hadn’t had snickerdoodles in so long – and while I thought that the idea of “pumpkin snickerdoodles” sounded a bit unusual, the picture of them looked great. And when you think about it, if snickerdoodles are cookies coated with cinnamon and sugar, then pumpkin fits right in.
And these taste great too! Right after I modified and healthified the recipe and baked a batch, my husband tasted
one two some and asked, “So, are you putting these on your blog?”
That’s how I know that I’ve got a winner :-).
But before we get to the recipe, I have some snickerdoodle trivia to share with you.
I personally didn’t know that what makes snickerdoodle cookies special is that they are rolled in cinnamon and sugar, whereas traditional sugar cookies are rolled simply in sugar.
And am I the only one who has wondered where that name comes from? Well, Joy of Cooking states that the cookies are probably of German origin with their name coming from the German word Schneckennudeln (which means “snail noodles,” which is a kind of German pastry. The Food Timeline author thinks that “snicker” comes from the Dutch snekrad or the German Schnecke, which means snail shape. Still other hypotheses are that there is no real meaning to the name, except to be whimsical.
Well, now that you have been brought up to speed on Snickerdoodle facts, on with this healthy, special-diet friendly recipe:
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (dairy, egg, gluten and sugar-free options)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine sweetener and spices for cinnamon coating and set aside.
3. Add flour, spices, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. Melt coconut oil in a pan over low heat (not necessary possibly in warmer months or if using another fat that is not so hard at room temperature). Place in a bowl.
3. Add sweetener and egg (or substitute) to the oil and beat well. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix well again.
4. Add dries to wets and mix ’til combined. Do not over mix.
5. Make balls of dough (I use a small cookie scoop for this process), roll into balls, drop in cinnamon sugar topping, and roll to coat.
6. Place on cookie sheet / baking stone (I love my stones) about 2 inches apart. Flatten a bit with your hand.
7. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
8. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before removing from tray and placing on a cooling rack.
9. Try not to eat them all :-).
Notes and Tips:
1. If using gluten-free flour, you will want to make your cookies a bit smaller as gluten free baked goods tend to crumble easily.
2. For my gluten-free blend, I tend to use a majority of sweet brown rice. It has the sticky texture that you lost by taking out the gluten. I tend to bake all my gluten-free baked good with all whole grains. If you must, you can add some gluten free starch to help hold the cookies together, but if you make them small enough I don’t think it’s necessary.
3. You can use either a granulated or liquid sweetener in the cookie part. Read my tips on Substituting Sweeteners for Cooking and Baking.
4. Instead of the spices, you could also substitute 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice.
For more healthy recipes to fill your home with the fragrance of fall, how about:
And I promise that there will be more coming, including a Pumpkin Chia Pudding and hopefully a Pumpkin Custard, and of course, Pumpkin Pie:-)!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?
Snickerdoodle Info Source: Wikipedia.
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