While “gluten-free” has become a hot phrase over the years, these cookies aren’t trying to be trendy, or healthy, or better than their gluten-filled counterparts. They never bothered with wheat flour to begin with. Take a scroll through our recipes for macaroons, nutty shortbreads, crunchy Middle Eastern cookies, and chewy chocolate models for great desserts that work for every diet.
Double Chocolate Macaroons
A simple combination of sugar syrup and unsweetened coconut cools and hardens into sweet, crunchy treats that are perfect served alongside tea or coffee.
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Iranian Rice Cookies
Specialties of Basel, in northern Switzerland, these chocolatey confections are often described as Swiss brownies. Almonds, sugar, and chocolate are ground fine and bound together with egg whites to create a satisfyingly chewy texture, while cinnamon and cloves impart an unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer.
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Our gluten-free alternative to the classic actually gives the cookies a boost: subtracting flour highlights their pure peanut butter flavor and adds a wonderfully chewy texture.
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Chewy Almond Macaroons
Adapted from Patty Piner’s soul food cookbook
Sweets, these chewy chocolate cookies are made entirely on the stovetop.
An adaptation of Basque Christmas cookies, these crumbly
harinados are made with ground up pistachios and a blend of gluten-free flours.
Akin to the famed Mexican wedding cookies, Greek
kourambiethes, and Southern pecan puffs, these crumbly shortbread crescents, made gluten-free with a variety of specialty flours, are showered with confectioners’ sugar while still hot from the oven.
Marzipan, a sweet paste of almond meal and sugar, is laced with spices, brandy, and lemon juice for these simple treats.
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