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Favorite cookie recipe for an impossibly picky crowd?

Hello all,

I am currently involved in an opera production, and one of my favorite ways to raise morale at rehearsals is to bring a big ol' batch of cookies to share with my fellow musicians.

I made a batch of oatmeal cookies that went over very well -- studded with dried cherries and walnuts and flavored with orange zest, they were pretty awesome if I do say so myself! Unfortunately, many of my friends have dietary restrictions, so a handful of folks were not able to partake.

I'd like to make another batch of cookies this week that everyone can enjoy. For this to be possible, the cookies need to be

- gluten-free
- walnut-free
- vegan

I know that's a lot to ask, but if anyone has ideas I'd love to hear them! I'm thinking maybe a peanut butter cookie made with peanut flour instead of wheat flour. But more interesting/exotic ideas are welcome too. I've got teff flour and rice flour in the cupboard, both of which would work as gluten-free subs for regular flour... Anyway, looking forward to hearing your ideas, hounds! Thanks in advance!

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  1. I haven't tried these, but the sound similar to the first cookie you made...
    http://compassionandaction.org/kitche...

    1. Here's a peanut butter cookie recipe I've made a number of times, always with great results. I'm pretty sure I originally got the recipe from the message boards, but have modified it slightly (sorry, don't remember how). I like the crunch that the flax seeds add, but feel free to leave them out. I've never tried it, but you could easily dress the recipe up with raisins, chocolate chips, etc. Or even dip the cooled cookies in melted chocolate.

      Peanut Butter Cookies

      1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
      1 cup brown sugar
      1 egg
      1 tsp baking soda
      1/4 tsp kosher salt
      2T flax seed (optional)

      Oven at 350°F. 
      Grease baking sheets, or use parchment or Silpat 

      Beat peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. In another bowl lightly beat egg and then beat into peanut butter mixture; add salt, baking soda Add flax seed, if using, and combine well.

      Roll dough into teaspoon-sized balls and space 3 inches apart on baking sheets.

      Flatten balls with a fork in a criss-cross pattern or press lightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. 

      Bake about 7 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then move to rack to finish cooling.

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      1. re: TerriL

        Whoops, sorry, not vegan, but works ok with egg substitute.

      2. http://nymag.com/restaurants/recipes/... yes I know it's a walnut recipe
        Make these with almonds, divine.

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        1. re: buttertart

          I love a version of these made with pecans, but while they are gluten free, I don't think anything will work as a vegan sub for the egg whites. If going for two separate cookies, one vegan, one gluten free, I'd absolutely recommend these as well. I use Danna's version here (proportions a bit different), and like them with some cinnamon added for a Mexican chocolate flavor: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651981

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I posted in haste and fogot about the vegan aspect, sorry!

        2. unfortunately, vegan means NO eggs. i've found that vegan AND gluten free to be impossibly restrictive when it comes to flavor and texture -- the butter and egg substitutes just don't work for me..

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          1. re: wonderwoman

            wonderwoman -- the peanut butter cookie recipe I invented below requires no weird substitute ingredients and turned out totally delicious! Gonna keep experimenting today.

          2. I can do vegan and I can do gluten free but dunno that I can do both - unless it's separate batches. For the gf I'd suggest little meringue cookies, for the vegans PPK came out with a cookie book awhile ago: http://www.theppk.com/2009/04/san-fra...

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            1. re: maplesugar

              +1. and if you do go the meringue route, here's a link to a recipe in today's boston globe that sounds fabulous: cocoa meringue almond bark.

              http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

            2. Just so y'all know, a delicious vegan AND gluten-free cookie can be done! I made some peanut butter cookies this morning that went over extremely well. They were nice and chewy with tons of peanut flavor, due to my using both peanut flour and chunky peanut butter.

              Here's the recipe I came up with:

              Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

              makes about 30 cookies

              3/4 C. (90g) peanut flour
              1/2 C. (60g) teff flour
              1/2 C. organic cane sugar
              1/2 C. dark brown sugar
              1/2 tsp. salt
              1/2 tsp. baking soda

              1/2 C. crunchy unsalted peanut butter
              1/2 C. unsweetened almond milk (or any vegan milk)
              1 Tbsp. vanilla

              1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

              2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed and no lumps remain. You may have to use a fork to make sure all the peanut flour is thoroughly incorporated, as it tends to clump.

              3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the peanut butter, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

              4. Drop the dough onto the cookie sheets by tablespoonfuls, about 2" apart.

              5. Using a wet fork, make cross-hatched impressions into each cookie, flattening the dough into 2" circles. Rinse the fork each time you press a cookie, otherwise it will stick.

              6. Bake the cookies for 13 minutes, or until they are dry on top and very slightly brown around the edges.

              7. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on cookie sheets for two minutes. Using a thin spatula, carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

              1. And here's a picture:

                 
                1. Nikki's healthy cookies at 101cookbooks.com work. They are not going to give you a crisp texture, but they can be easily manipulated for all sorts of dietary restraints. You need to make sure to use gluten free oats --Bob's Redmill sells them. Depending on your store you can find them with the gluten free flours or in the cereal section.