Did you know that today is national pecan cookie day? Yah, me neither. But, I happened to see Foodimentary tweet about it this morning. And, it just so happened that I had “make cookies” on my to-do list for today. No really. I did. See, I’m heading off to Seattle tomorrow and my parents are coming down to help out with the kiddo while I’m gone. My dad likes to have cookies in the cookie jar. I think I might have mentioned before that chocolate chocolate chip is his favorite. But a close second is an old family recipe for pecan slices. So, I pulled out the old 3 x 5 recipe card and de-glutenized them. Actually, I de-grained them and veganized them, too. Here’s hoping he likes the new version. I’ll probably still tweak this recipe some. But, I figured I HAD to post it today, it being a national day of observance and all….
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 T. maple syrup
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 cup finely ground pecans (pecan meal)
Preheat oven to 325°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, beat the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until it comes together like a cookie dough. (It will be crumbling first – don’t worry – keep mixing!) Roll the dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. (The pecan meal is already fairly dark, but you will be able to tell when the edges brown a bit.) Cool completely. Cookies will be fragile and crumbly until completely cooled.
Notes for next time: I think I might try adding just a tiny amount of xanthan gum to this recipe – perhaps 1/4 teaspoon. And, I might decrease the coconut oil just a touch. They’re delicious as is, but I’m constantly tweaking recipes, and those are the tweaks I’m thinking of next.
With only 2 tablespoons of a natural sweetener, I think these cookies qualify as “Slightly Indulgent” – don’t you? Check out all the great recipes posted at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.
Also check out the exclusively gluten-free round up over at Gluten Free Wednesdays!