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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17 Responses to “Cornmeal Cranberry Orange Cookies”

  1. So sorry about your Dad. That stinks.

    I always comment about how I am turning into a hippie…slowly but surely. Glad you are joining the club! (I think you are ahead of me..home birth scores many, many points. I only had a midwife….you win.)

    Cookies look fab!! When I am done with my company this weekend (I swear I have been a B&B this August!!! I have had 4 sets of company and hosted a family reunion all the span of 3 weeks, ugh. Never again.), I will be making these with my youngest…yum.


  2. SM- Your family obviously knows who the cook is! I had my in-laws in town last week too. These cookies are easy to make- one batch and you are done! Let me know if you make an yummy alterations. I am still on the fence about reducing the sugar- they are good sweet!! Needless to say my diet isn’t going well, but I have been back to the gym!

  3. i love david gray.

    after two false alarms in the past week, I am beginning to see why people do this birthing at HOME! you go girl. ;-)

    p.s. tried out one of your recipes tonight, plan on posting it for tomorrow. thanks for the yummy inspiration!!

  4. Wow! A homebirth. I’m semi-jealous. Though maybe the gluten free diet is turning us into hippies. We’re a gluten free, vegetarian, cloth-diapering family. And we have a clothesline!

  5. Liz- I totally understand the false alarm thing. I didn’t know I was going to have Dan for sure until BAM! it hit me. He was born three hours later.

    Mary Frances- I never pictured giving birth at home until I got pregnant with my second and heard myself telling my husband that I wanted to give birth at home. He loved the idea because he is also turning into a hippie. I am going to have to email you about the cloth diapering. I want to switch Jude and Dan over but I don’t know where to start. I don’t want to buy something I will hate.

  6. Those cookies look really yummy… I”m not huge on sweets but those are calling my name. Must… make…those cookies…

    You go, you hippie woman you! A home birth- wow, you are so much braver than I am. ;)


  7. Those cookies look so yummy! I am going to have to try them. I seem to be on a cookie and muffin kick lately!

    Thanks for tagging me for the meme! I feel special!


  8. Sea- Thanks, but is actually a lot less painful at home…believe it or not! That said, I am obviously still bragging about it. haha

    Katherine- Thanks for humoring me with the meme! I enjoyed reading your facts too. I am also on a muffin and cookie kick and it has lasted way too long!

  9. natalie…please make me dinner.

    i am starving without you.

    I decided i want to start my own blog. that will be the only way i will start cooking again. today i had cheese and fruit all day long. and GF VANS waffles.

    i loved seeing my nephews yesterday!

    oh, and your 8 facts are awesome. i love that your flute was more than your car. love it.

  10. Caroline-
    I will come over soon and cook for you. If you go to mom’s this weekend, I bet she would cook for you too.
    Try cooking some on the weekends and get a rice cooker. Go to Whole Foods and get their sandwich bread and some brown rice tortillas so you can have a break from the fruit and cheese. =)

  11. The cookies look great. Thanks for the tag. I played the flute while I was in school. I loved the facts, really learned a lot about you. I am sorry to hear about your Dad, that sucks.

  12. Thanks Marsha. I enjoyed your facts too!

  13. That was fun to read more about you Natalie! And as always, your recipe looks just wonderful! You motivate me to cook more often :)

  14. Karen- Thank you! BTW, I enjoyed cake month. Sorry I didn’t have more input. I haven’t used a lot of cake mixes because I am afraid. I am glad you are doing the legwork for all of us!

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  16. These are FABULOUS! I also tried with a little less sugar than it called for, but still rolled them in sugar before putting on the cookie sheet. They will be perfect with afternoon tea! Now we just need some cool weather…

  17. i am not tooo kin on it but the kids love it to bits!

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