These are your classic oatmeal raisin cookie – crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle – basically heavenly perfect!
Oats don’t contain gluten but they would regularly be contaminated with gluten in their processing or storing stages so it’s important to use certified gluten free oats in the recipe.
I love this recipe for it’s simplicity. Just a bowl and a good spoon are needed. In order to prevent them spreading, I pop them in the fridge for 15-30 minutes before baking.
If there’s a recipe that I would really urge you to make, it’s these cookies. They are beyond good. So Moorish, chewy, full of healthy oats and dried fruit yet no one would ever say these were a healthy cookie. Not when you taste them, you think, no way but yes way! Please make them!
I regularly make my Chocolate Digestive recipe and they are always a big hit. They’re really good and recently made another batch and as they cooled, my husband walked into the kitchen and said the smell was great and could he have them? He’s a coeliac and I felt really bad having to say no, these are not for you 🙁
So the hunt began to find a workable recipe for gluten free digestive biscuits and big thanks to Nancy Birtwhistle of GBBO fame whose recipe was the best of the ones I tried. I also like that the ingredients were ones most coeliacs or gluten intolerant bakers would have at home.
There was one ingredient that did surprise me – Chinese Five Spice! Yep I know but I put my faith in Nancy and I’m so glad I did because it gives a slight bit of heat at the back of the throat. Perfect! You can smell the spice while the biscuits are baking but it’s not identifiable once baked. You can’t really taste it any longer which is quite cool but you get that “something different” that’s in a digestive without overly sweetness.
These delicious biscuits are perfect for cutting out using your favourite cutters and can be made at Christmas, Halloween or just because. They work well to different flavour additions and bake up in no time.
I used an embossed rolling pin to get a pattern on the dough and then decorated them with royal icing.
This recipe is free from soya, nuts and is vegetarian also 🙂
This is a recipe for Lemon Shortbread which I converted to gluten free and it worked out well. It’s very short so can be quite crumbly. It needs time to sit both before baking (in the fridge) and after baking, in an airtight container. I found the gluten free version more sturdy the next day but once you follow the steps, it will be irresistible!
I used Lemon Extract to give the biscuits an extra zing of lemon but don’t worry if you don’t have any. The recipe calls for a tsp of lemon zest and you can add a little extra if not using the extract.
Originally these cookies were made to be sugar cookies where you roll the dough in sugar before baking but I’m not a fan of coating biscuits in sugar. I did add some mini chocolate smarties to these, just a handful to make them look nice and as I greatly reduced the sugar content in the cookies, I thought it wasn’t too bad to add a few for flavour.
You should get about 10 out of this recipe but it will depend on what size you make them.
It’s hard to get a good gluten free biscuit recipe that tastes really good and this one seemed worth a go. I’m really glad I tried them as they are ridiculously easy to make and I also feel that the sugar quantity can be greatly reduced while still getting a delicious and decadent chocolate chip cookies to enjoy.
If you like a sweet biscuit or maybe if you are making them for a sweet tooth person then by all means use the full sugar quota but I would be happy to reduce by half. There’s quite a chocolate hit off these too which is a nice surprise as sometimes gluten free biscuits can lack in a flavour hit and all you taste is sugar.
Depending on how much you like your chocolate hit, use either milk or dark chocolate chips.
We’re big fans of anything almond flavoured at cozebakes HQ and when they are gluten free, it’s a bonus for us with two coeliacs to cater for. The added issue of a preferred low sugar diet can complicate things sometimes but this recipe seemed to have lots of potential.
Initially I doubled the quantities as it seemed a very small amount to spread out in a 20cm square tin. Personally, I’ll be making these again and just dropping scoops of the batter onto a baking tray rather than what the original recipe suggests. Either way, they are really, really delicious. As per usual, I reduced the original sugar quantities and think they are lovely but if you like a good sweet kick, then check my suggestions in the ingredients.
Tried out these gluten free shortbread hearts as they looked so delicious and gluten free shortbread can be difficult to get right. A few things needed to be adapted to get it right but after that, they worked really well and are totally delicious and addictive!
They don’t have to be heart shaped but they do look just lovely like this and are a great gift to box up and give to someone you love.