There’s something about this time of year that reminds me I have chestnut flour in my cupboard. It’s not exactly something you use on a regular basis, if at all in fact, so it’s easily forgotten. But Christmas time brings back memories for me of roasted chestnuts both at home and from street stalls. They’re by far one of my favorite snacks, though I don’t have them often. Since Christmas also means cookies for many, it wasn’t a difficult jump to make these maple chestnut cookies. Naturally gluten-free, they’re delicious little bites that are secretly pretty healthy.
Using chestnut flour
I first got chestnut flour when I made mince pies a couple years ago, thinking it would be a great taste to add to the gluten-free pastry mix, which it was. I then made some chestnut pancakes, which were really tasty, and used some in chestnut and pear cupcakes, also yummy. Chestnut flour has a mild, gently nutty flavor that adds a smooth texture to what you use it in, but it’s not something that works in everything. It’s not quite as flexible as other gluten-free flours, I think partly the flavor and it can become heavy.
Using chestnut flour to make chestnut cookies, however, is something I wonder why I didn’t do it before. These maple chestnut cookies aren’t exactly big, and they are best not to be any bigger as they may crumble, but they are tasty little bites of deliciousness. My eldest son, in his increasing scepticism of lots of things, happily dug in and loved them. I suspect the maple flavor helps as he loves everything maple syrup (as we’re celebrating for Foodie Extravaganza today!). They’re soft, but not gooey, and have a delicious gentle nuttiness, as you might expect from the ingredients.
How they’re made
These maple chestnut cookies are really easy to make as you simply mix everything together, press the mixture into flattened balls then bake. Since they are made with chestnut flour, they’re naturally gluten-free. The only sweetener is maple syrup, flax meal is the binder along with just a little coconut oil. In other words these are pretty healthy, and vegan too. But given that delicious maple flavor and smoothness from the chestnut, you’d never know.
The flavors in these maple chestnut cookies are simple but delicious. The maple flavor really comes through and the chestnut flour gives them a lovely smooth nuttiness. While some may find the flax seed meal a little too ‘bitty’ with everything else, personally I think it gives a nice contrasting texture. And my son definitely didn’t complain as he kept asking for more. These tasty little bites will definitely be made again soon.
- ½cup/52g chestnut flour
- 2tbsp flax seed meal
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 2tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
- Mix everything together in a bowl until well combined. Take tablespoonfuls of the mixture and press into slightly flattened balls.
- Place them on a lined baking sheet and bake for approx 10min until lightly brown.
Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies. We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness! May your holidays be sweet!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Classic American Sugar Cookies from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Gingerbread Man Cookie from The Freshman Cook
Gluten-Free Maple Chestnut Cookies from Caroline’s Cooking
Maple Sugar Cookies from A Palatable Pastime
Nutty Triple Chocolate Cookies from Family Around the Table
Tangerine and Dark Chocolate Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Simple and Savory
Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient or theme into recipes to share with you. We take turns hosting and this month it’s Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook who chose maple syrup as the theme.
If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page. We would love to have you! If you’re looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.
And don’t forget to check out all these other maply recipes:
- Basbousa – Egyptian Semolina Cake from Sneha of Sneha’s Recipe
- Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes from Rebekah of Making Miracles
- Gluten-Free Maple Chestnut Cookies from Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
- Maple Pecan Bars from Nichole of Cookaholic Wife
- Maple Sugar Cookies from Sue of Palatable Pastime
- Maple Walnut Vinaigrette from Tara of Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Momiji Tempura from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Overnight French Toast Casserole from Elaine of Cookin and Craftin
- Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots from Wendy of A Day in the Life of the Farm
- Rosemary Maple Glazed Turkey Breast from Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook
- The Back Forty Cocktail from Stacy of Food Lust People Love