I am always looking for new and interesting ways to add variety to my diet. Store-bought gluten-free products rely a lot on rice so it’s important to explore other options. These gluten-free cinnamon mesquite cookies are the perfect way to do that.
Chewy Cookies vs. Crispy Cookies
I really don’t have a preference when it comes to the texture of cookies. I love them all, whether they’re soft, chewy, crispy or cakey. The key to getting chewy cookies is to form the cookies and then refrigerate for at least an hour before baking. This way the cold dough will spread less when baked and will retain more moisture. If you like crispy cookies, warmer dough is better. The dough will spread quickly in the oven and they will dry out more. So place your uncracked eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, get your butter to room temperature and take the pan straight to the oven after dropping the dough.
This recipe uses a combination of several different flours. I start with a standard gluten-free flour blend. I have used several different flour blends for these cinnamon mesquite cookies and they all worked well. My custom blend of sorghum, millet and brown rice flours with potato and tapioca starches is my favorite.
This is the recipe for my special flour blend that I love for this recipe and many more of my gluten-free recipes:
- 1 c sweet white sorghum flour
- 3/4 c millet flour
- ¼ c brown rice flour
- 2/3 c potato starch
- 1/3 c tapioca starch
If you prefer a store bought blend, I like King Arthur Flour All Purpose Gluten-Free flour the best. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my blog post on gluten-free flours.
Now for the good stuff. Half of the flour is the standard gluten-free blend. The other half is a combination of mesquite flour and teff flour.
- Mesquite flour comes from the pod of the mesquite tree (common in the southwest US and Mexico). It has hints of cinnamon and caramel and is wonderful in baked goods. I enhance the cinnamon flavor by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to this gluten-free recipe.
- Teff is an ancient grain believed to have originated in Ethiopia. It is higher in protein and fiber than your average flour grain and has a wonderful nutty flavor.
Cinnamon Mesquite Cookies-Sweeteners
Many cookie recipes use a combination of brown sugar and granulated white sugar. I am a fan of both in cookies but I also love coconut palm sugar (doesn’t taste like coconut). It has a similar flavor to brown sugar but is more heavy on the caramel flavor and less on the molasses. I highly recommend giving it a try.