Fruit and Nut Cookies

My fruit and nut cookies are perfect for Christmas. The pistachios and the dried fruit in these cookies give them an unmistakable hint of the season. These cookies have a little something for everyone, so no matter what mood you are in- these cookies will hit the spot! Every bite is just a little bit different! So, turn some Christmas music on and get baking!

P.S. My favorite Christmas album is Poets & Angels: Music 4 the Holidays Fruit and Nut Cookies . I look forward to that Spanish guitar all year! Any suggestions for other great Christmas albums? I want to add a few cds to my collection this year. What is your all-time fav Christmas music?

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FRUIT AND NUT COOKIES

2 1/4 cups gluten free flour mix (I used equal parts sorghum, tapioca, and brown rice flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 stick of unsalted butter plus 6 tablespoons (or 14 Tablespoons), room temperature

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup shredded coconut, chopped/ground in food processor (my hubby doesn’t like the texture of coconut, so I hide it!)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped

1/2 cup dried assorted fruit (I did pears, apples, apricots), chopped

1/2 cup slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS:

In a med. bowl, sift together your dry ingredients- flour mix, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum. Set aside. In your stand mixer, cream your (14 Tablespoons) butter and sugar until fluffy- about 3 minutes. Scrap down the sides to make sure the sugar and butter are thoroughly combined. Add your eggs one at a time; then add your vanilla. Slowly add your dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Then it is time to add your own custom mix-ins. I have given my proportions above for coconut, pistachios, dried fruit, almonds, and white and mini semi-sweet chips. After you add your mix-ins, cover your dough with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours (to prevent the cookies from spreading). When you are ready to bake, use a tablespoon of dough and space about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Makes about 3 dozen soft, chewy, delicious, fruity, nutty, gluten-free Christmas cookies.

These freeze beautifully- I am freezing some for my upcoming plane trip to CA.

Ginger Lemon Girl has promised to do a gluten-free Christmas cookie round-up on Dec. 17th. Get your entries in! I can’t wait to see all those gluten-free cookie recipes!

And for all you locals of Raleigh, the News Observer published this article about celiac disease/gluten free food industry last Saturday. Sorry I missed it! It mentions a couple of gluten-free dining choices in the Triangle area. However, in my opinion, there are not a lot of gluten-free dining choices out there. If you are a citizen of the Triangle area, let me know if you dare go out to eat and where!?

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17 Responses to “Fruit and Nut Cookies”

  1. Yum!! These look great. I love the fact that they will freeze well.

    I love the 1940′s Christmas album. It’s my favorite.

  2. Thanks nat! This will definitely be included in the roundup along with your fudge and several other of your cookies!!

  3. El Paso Brass is my favorite Christmas cd but high on the list is Diana Krall’s Christmas cd…I think you would really like this one! I miss you!

  4. SM- I am going to try and find that one. It sounds great.

    Carrie- Your Welcome! Can’t wait to see the roundup!

    Kristyn- I did own that once upon a time. I can’t find it anywhere. Someone must have realized how cool it was and stole it from me in college :) I am going to try and get both the 1940s and the Diana Krall one. Jude would love the El Paso Brass cd too. He is not much into music with lyrics these days. He cries at church when anyone starts singing. Maybe it is a phase! Oh, and it is not just my singing either!

  5. Coincidentally, I just listened to my Poets & Angels this morning! I also like Kenny G and Mannheim Steamroller, but my absolute favorite is Narada’s Christmas Collection.

    And these cookies look wonderful! I have to bring some to work next week, so I may give these a try this week-end.

    Thanks!

  6. MMMMM….I love Christmas cookie time! This is my first Gluten-free year….it’ll be fun! :D

    Christmas Album Suggestion? Hmmmm…I have one I’ll have to look up the official title of it, but it’s 25 most singable Christmas Hymns….and it’s done just beautifully.

    I also love the Johnny Mathis Christmas albums…takes me back to decorating the tree with my stepmom and brothers and sisters…you knew it was Christmas when she broke out Johnny Mathis. :D

  7. These look so delicious! I am going straight to the grocery store to buy the ingredients. I may substitute the pistachios for walnuts. I can’t see why they wouldn’t come out the same! What do you think?
    My twin (fraternal) sister just moved to Raleigh in June from South Florida. I miss her but she is loving the area. She said there is a Trader Joe’s not too far from her.
    Be well!

  8. Faye-
    I love Raleigh too! Walnuts would be a yummy substitution. Trader Joe’s is not too far from me either! :)

  9. Oh yum. I definately have to try these!!!! I happen to like my Kenny G HOliday CD the best so far. I may have to check out your suggestion too :)

    Karen
    http://glutenfreefoodreviews.com

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  11. These look really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe : )

  12. Merry Christmas.

  13. These are lovely cookies Natalie.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

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  15. This looks great but I can’t find the temperature to bake at?

  16. shannon- 350 :)

  17. I live near Raleigh. I have found that PF Chang’s has a GF friendly menu on their web site. Chick-fil-a and Moe’s Southwest also lists wheat allergy information. I’m still looking for other places to eat out.

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