Cornmeal Cranberry Orange Cookies

When I opened my blog this morning I found not one but three invitations for a meme! I was tagged by Jean at Gluten Free Organics, Kate at Gluten Free Gobsmacked,and Sheltie Girl at Gluten A Go Go. Maybe I could have gotten out of one, but not three! Just kidding. I have really enjoyed reading the memes on other blogs. There are so many interesting gluten-free bloggers out there! According to Wikipedia, a meme is a unit of cultural information that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action- think chain letter or email forward.

These are the rules:

  • Once tagged, let others know who tagged you.
  • Players are to list 8 random facts about themselves.
  • Those who are tagged should post these rules within their meme-tag post.
  • Players should tag 8 other people and notify them that they have been tagged.

Ok, here goes. No promises on interesting though!

1) I had a planned homebirth with my second son, Dan. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Between going gluten-free and the homebirth I am on my way to hippie status…

2) I was an armybrat. My dad died in a helicopter crash when I was 19. He was on a POW/MIA recovery mission in Vietnam.

3) I majored in Linguistics at Baylor. Sic ‘em Bears!

4) My husband and I met in college. We really wanted to get married our senior year, but when we went to the courthouse it was Veteran’s Day. We got married exactly a year later in a church and had not one, but two big wedding receptions!

5) I once owned a flute that was worth more than my car.

6) I used to be a casualty claims adjuster (ewww) and it changed my law school plans for good.

7) All my exes live in Texas and that’s why I reside in…North Carolina.

8) My favorite cd is White Ladder by David Gray.

I hereby tag:

Krista at Going Gluten-Free

Bethany at Wavybrains

Marsha at Family Adventures

Slacker Mom at Mrs. G.F.’s Gluten Free Cookbook

a.c.e. at Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Wheat

GFCF Mommy at GFCF Mommy

Deborah at Play With Food

Lea at Lea is Gluten Free

And now the cookies! I have been eyeing these cookies in The Quick Recipe for quite some time. I made a couple of batches and finally found a wonderful gluten-free version. I replaced the flour with 1/4 of tapioca flour and 3/4 cup white rice flour. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum. I added more orange zest, reduced the cranberries, added walnuts, and rolled the cookies in brown sugar instead of granulated sugar. Next time I will try adding less sugar for more of a scone taste- cranberry orange scones are my favorite! These are great with an afternoon tea.

orange cran cookies Cornmeal Cranberry Orange Cookies


1/2 cup stone-ground cornmeal

3/4 cup of rice flour (I used white)

1/4 tapioca flour

1/2 cup of granulated sugar (you may want to reduce)

1/4 cup brown sugar plus some for rolling cookies

1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

2 teaspoons orange zest

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 dried cranberries and 1/2 cup toasted pecans/or walnuts OR 3/4 cup cranberries


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a med. bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients including the orange zest. Add the cranberries and the pecans/walnuts. In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the oil and the eggs. Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Fill one small bowl with water and one with sugar. Dip your hands in the water and then roll each cookie in the sugar. The cookie should be about 2 tablespoons. Place on cookie sheet. Forms 12 big cookies. Bake for 14-18 minutes.

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