Monday, December 17, 2012

Gluten-Free Corn Meal-Sunflower Seed Flour Cookie with Orange-Vanilla Icing

My goal was to combine gluten-free flours and get a cookie that melts in your mouth and taste really good!  It took three tries.  The first two combinations made more of a soft muffin top texture cookie that needed to be eaten with a fork, but delicious.  But, this third try is a success! Ground sunflower seeds and fine ground cornmeal along with a delicious orange-vanilla icing is a hit and this is easy!!!

Gluten-Free Corn Meal-Sunflower Seed-Flour Cookie with Orange-Vanilla Frosting.

1 Teaspoon Orange Juice Concentrate
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Organic Palm Shortening  
                    (I chose this shortening because, I need to rotate ingredients that are not as common. You can use butter or coconut oil)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
1 Cup fine ground Cornmeal
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Cinnamon

1.  In a large bowl cream together orange concentrate, egg, shortening and sugar.
2.  Using a coffee or seed grinder, grind 1 cup sunflower seeds until finely ground, but still powdery.
3.  Wisk together: ground sunflower seeds, corn meal, salt, baking soda, cinnamon.  Combine in large bowl with creamed mixture.
4.  Lightly oil fingers (use the bit left in the 1/2 cup measuring cup).  Roll into small balls.  Place on silicone line or parchment lined cookie
sheet.  Press flat.  Bake 350 for about 18 minutes
They go in the oven like this and come out like this.
Spoon icing into a small baggie (make sure to seal top) Cut a tiny corner and decorate.
Orange-Vanilla Icing – (so good)
Combine together 1 tablespoon orange concentrate, 1 teaspoon water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and about 1 1/2 cups confection sugar.

The Cuisinart Challenge: 

I thought it would be neat to post 30 days of recipes with my new Cuisinart.  I do love the big 14 cup efficient thing…but on day 4 we went out of town and I didn’t cook.  And then there were the days I used the Cuisinart for just chopping ingredients and then there was the carrot cake experiment that was so bad, I scraped off the cream cheese frosting and put the cake out for the birds and squirrels.
Even though our December weather is warmer than normal, it is still cold

Yes the pond is frozen
I had to reduce the height of the spray – the water was splashing and freezing some out of the pond.  Fortunately we had a 50 degree day.  Not warm enough to thaw the pond.  But warm enough to add water to the pond.  It is ok now


  1. Gloria, I've been enjoying your Cuisinart challenge. I'm one of those cooks who uses my Cuisinart every day, including to mix and knead bread dough. I've been looking longingly at the ads for the new ones on TV; maybe I'll treat myself to celebrate my retirement next year. Enjoy your new toy and happy holidays to you and Ted. -Jean

  2. Hi Jean - So good to hear from you. I am enjoying the big Cuisinart, but I find I still use my smaller one. Wouldn't it be great to be able to have 1 toy that worked for everything! Congratulations on your future retirement. I have been receiving gardening catalogs. I think this year I will order some new plants. I received a gift card to a seed company and already have my first batch of seeds that will need planting.