Gluten Free Hazelnut Spice Cookies

I love reading A Gluten-Free Day because Emilia’s gluten free baking is so beautiful. It doesn’t feel like she’s substituting, but like she’s found legitimate alternatives that taste good in their own right. Her photos are gorgeous too. The daffodils on her Easter Cheesecake were so pretty. One of the things I noticed about this recipe was that Emilia had made her biscuit base from home made gluten free cookies. I had a look at her recipe for them, which looked simple enough for me to try right away.


I was really pleased with these cookies. I loved the chewy texture and I was really glad I’d tried the version with spices and dried fruit. Emilia suggested sultanas with cinnamon and I added some nutmeg to this combination. I also used hazelnut meal rather than almond meal because I had some leftover dry roasted hazelnut crumb from Australian Gourmet Hazelnuts. This resulted in a hazelnut flavour which I liked with the spices. Being a coarsely ground nut meal it also gave the cookies a rough texture. This gave them an unsophisticated, homely look. If cookies were people, these would be honest characters.


The other thing that I have to mention about this recipe its simplicity and the small amount of washing up it produces. I used one bowl to melt the butter and one to mix the cookies in. Other than that there was only the baking slide to wash, which was very easy because I’d used baking paper.

I’m looking forward to making variations of these cookies with different nut meals and different combinations of dried fruits and spices. These are a really practical and tasty gluten free cookie and I’m very grateful to Emilia for sharing her recipe.

1 cup hazelnut meal (or almond meal)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 grams melted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup sultanas

Preheat oven to 175 C.
Combine dry ingredients, then add butter and egg. Add the sultanas last.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and place teaspoon sized balls of batter on the tray.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown at the bottom and edges.


This post is for Bookmarked Recipes, an event started by Ruth from Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments. This week’s host is Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska.

14 thoughts on “Gluten Free Hazelnut Spice Cookies

  1. Hi just wanted to say that these look fantastic! If I wasn’t allergic to nuts I would definitely be running to the kitchen to try them out 🙂

  2. These look chewy and delicious! I love that you substituted hazelnut meal for almond meal…I love hazelnut! Hee hee…honest characters…I like the sound of that!

  3. Glad you liked the cookies, they look great!

    I am also going to try using some ground roasted hazelnuts with these cookies now, thanks for the idea 🙂
    I can imagine that the strong flavour roasted hazelnuts give would be very good here, especially with spices.

  4. These look great! I have thought about to give these a try from gluten free day, and your version with hazelnuts seems good too. Maybe I’ll make some cookies soon.

    What you said about Emilias blog of not substituting is right and I love that blogt because of that. I try to do the same with my cooking and I have noticed that it does not need so much effort to make tasty and healthy gluten free good.

    I like your photos and the whole blog, I will add you to my reader!

  5. These look wonderful. I’ll have to point my innkeepers to these cookies, as so many are in need of gluten-free foods for guests with special dietary restrictions.

  6. I love that first picture, made me moan out loud. I love me a chewy biscuit and anything with hazelnut in it is a bonus. I’m looking forward to seeing all the variations of this recipe, and to think….you wont need to do much washing up!

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