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A friend recently asked me for a gluten-free recipe for cookies.  When asked what kind, he said, I don’t know…something nutty…or maybe chocolaty; definitely something that goes well with coffee!  I aim to please, and these cookies are all of the above.

Bobs Red Mill Hazelnut Meal 

I used hazelnut meal instead of flour in these, which I recently received from the wonderful people at Bob’s Red Mill; actually, these cookies are all kinds of nutty (with hazelnut meal, tahini, and peanut butter).  I love using tahini in desserts for its nutty, slightly bitter flavor that I think adds a great balance to sweets, and pairs so well with coffee.  And speaking of coffee, I used just a little bit in these cookies (which you can omit if you prefer), but it’s just barely detectable here and really only adds depth of flavor; chocolate chips make the perfect finishing touch.

The texture of these cookies is really unique.  They are dense and sandy, almost like shortbread, but not dry and brittle like shortbread…they are much moister than I expected them to be, and even tastier the next day.  Hazelnut Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Yields about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup hazelnut meal/flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 teaspoon powdered instant coffee (optional)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup tahini

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed*

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips**

Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.

Whisk together the hazelnut meal, powdered coffee, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.  Mix together the tahini, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, and then mix in the chocolate chips (the dough will be crumbly).

To form the cookies, use a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough; squeeze it a few times in your hand so it comes together, roll it into a ball, and then slightly flatten it.  Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 to 2 inches apart.

Bake 15 minutes; cool 10 minutes on the tray, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

*You can reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup if you prefer your sweets a little less sweet.

**Be sure to read the labeling and/or check with the manufacturer to make sure your chocolate chips are gluten-free and vegan, if this is a concern.

Along with hazelnut meal, I received raw pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast from Bob’s Red Mill (thank-you, Bob’s Red Mill!).  As with every Bob’s Red Mill product I’ve tried, I enjoyed all of these.  The hazelnut meal was a lovely addition to these cookies, and I’m inspired…I think I want to make Hazelnut Macarons next (that’s right, it’s been too long since I’ve made macs and I’ve been bitten by the bug again ;) ).  The pumpkin seeds are great for snacking or sprinkling on oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, salads, or soups.  However, the nutritional yeast is by far the most interesting product; I’ve been dying to try it for so long!  It’s kind-of cheesy tasting, but in a savory, umami sort of way.  I used it to make a fantastic vegan “cheese” spread, which I will be sharing the recipe for soon.  (I’ve also really enjoyed nutritional yeast sprinkled on popcorn with a little sea salt!)

Vegan Pimento “Cheese” Spread, made with nutritional yeast.

For this giveaway, Bob’s Mill has generously offered to provide all of the products that I tried to one lucky winner!  The winner will receive each of the following Bob’s Red Mill products: 

  1. Hazelnut Meal
  2. Nutritional Yeast 
  3. Raw Pumpkin Seeds

To participate in this giveaway, you can do any of the following (please leave a separate comment for each, so I can count them as separate entries):  

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite kind of cookies.
  2. Tweet the following message:  Check out @AnEdibleMosaic to win a Bob’s Red Mill prize pack! #giveaways #vegan #glutenfree Please RT
  3. Link to this giveaway on your Facebook page.  

This giveaway ends Sunday, November 20th at 9PM EST; after that the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.  Good luck to all! 

Disclaimer:  I received hazelnut meal, nutritional yeast, and raw pumpkin seeds  for free from Bob’s Red Mill, and they are also providing the prize pack for this giveaway.  As always, opinions stated are my own.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Chocolate crackle cookies are my favorite!

  2. I love dark chocolate chunk cookies.

  3. Christmas cut out cookies. We had a gluten allergy diagnosed this year, and those will be a challenge.

  4. Shari Hegland says:

    I love chewy chocolate chip cookies and buttery sugar cookies, but these sound terrific. And nothing is better with a cookie than a cup of good coffee.

  5. Anything from Eatpastry. Michelle’s Naturally the Peanut Butter Apricot flav. are killer too. Sugar Plum vegan in Sacramento has awesum creamie sandwich cookies they are epic as well so 3 way tie for favorite hehe =)

  6. Pumpkin cookies are my favorite.

  7. Joyce Mosby says:

    Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite. I use Bob’s Red Mills’ WW pastry flour in all of my baking recently and my family does not seem to notice that I haven’t used white for months.

  8. Suzanne H says:

    I love chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

  9. My favorite cookies are gingerbread!

  10. My fave type of cookie is sugar cookies!

  11. Rum balls made with lots of rum. Yummm…

  12. My favorite cookies are white chocolate macadamia.

  13. You can order directly from them online and even get a paper catalog in the mail! I thought something similar when I saw the recipe though. When I saw the title, I thought, “Oh great, I happen to have hazelnuts in the cupboard…” but not hazelnut flour! Don’t strain your eyes, though. Besides, someone local (small health food store?) might just order it in for you!

  14. I like all sorts of cookies and I have to admit a weakness for Milanos – shortbread and chocolate center. I once came up with an almond and dark chocolate cookie that was similar to your Hazelnut ones here, and my sons and I really liked those, too!
    P.S. I have tweeted and shared on FB as myself and as my blog! Glad to discover you – it all looks great!

  15. Love the idea of using hazelnut meal. What could I use in place of the tahini?

    1. Hi Carole, You could try using peanut butter instead of the tahini. Hope you enjoy them if you decide to make them! :)

  16. Christina says:

    I once had these vegan lavender cookies at a health food store that I will never forget!

  17. I love when desserts use coffee in the recipes, it gives for a richer flavor. I can’t wait to try them.

  18. Oatmeal! But never with raisins.

  19. my favorite cookes are oatmeal coconut chocolate chip – yummy. and these look very good also – would love to win so i could try them.

  20. I have always loved shortbread cookies, they melt in your mouth.

  21. I don’t think I’ve tried using tahini in desserts before, but these cookies sound so good! My favourite kind of cookies are soft, cakey pumpkin cookies!

  22. I love white chocolate chip cookies! Also, I love using nutritional yeast in gravy… it’s amazing. :)

  23. Bob’s Red Mill must have an interesting marketing and sales department. They carry thousands (not really) of mixes, but I’ve never seen anyone stock more than a couple or three. now i’m going to scout around for hazelnut meal, which should cost me a few tankfuls of gas and eye strain from googling.

    1. Steve, I meant to reply to your post, but I failed to enter the anti-spam text and it re-set as an independent post. Se below… :)

  24. you know me, faith–snickerdoodles, all the way! :)

  25. I love using nutty flour/meals in my baking – it simply intensifies all flavors :)

    Those cookies are so drool-worthy!

  26. Mmm, so many wonderful things packed into one cookie! Hazelnut meal is a bit on the pricy side for me, so if I don’t win, I may have to try these with almond meal instead.

    If I could eat only one cookie from this day forward… I would pick chocolate-chocolate chip candy cane cookies! Yes, I just made that up, but it sounds perfect!

  27. I’m thrilled to share this on Mom Grooves facebook page!

  28. My favorite cookies are Snickerdoodles!!

    I’m so glad this giveaway led me to your site. I love it.

  29. I love Mexican wedding cookies. I’m a huge fan of nutritional yeast and would love to try hazelnut flour.

  30. Michelle W says:

    As I am Dairy and Gluten Free. I love choc chip cookies! (Most times, I make my own). Sharing link on my FB.

  31. These cookies look amazing! I love the use of hazelnut meal. They must be packed full of flavor!

    Great giveaway too :)

  32. I’m going to share the link to this recipe with a g/f and dairy-free friend. I think she would love them! My favorite cookies are chocolate chip. I have wanted to try that nutritional yeast for a long time as well, particularly because many vegan recipes call for it to give things a cheesy flavor and it intrigues me. I’m interested to see your recipe for the spread-it looks like it might contain pumpkin!

    1. Veronica, Pumpkin is a great guess, but nope — no pumpkin! (I bet that would be tasty though!) :)

  33. My favourite cookies almost always has nuts in them ;o)

    These flourless cookies are the perfect addition to my growing repertoire.

    Faith, you’re such a good friend ;)

    Ciao for now,

  34. I love snickerdoodles. I also love espresso chocolate chip cookies. That little kick of coffee does wonders. thanks.

  35. I’m a sucker for a great chocolate chip cookie! My best friend cant eat gluten and is coming to visit next week, so I’m totally whipping up a batch of these cookies for her. Thanks!!

  36. I love chocolate chip cookies, and these look great! I have never tried hazelnut meal, but would love to try!

  37. I’m definitely a chocolate chip cookie kind of girl, but I love so many other cookies as well it is hard to choose. These cookies look very unique. I’m intrigued because I would have no idea what to expect from hazelnut meal and tahini. I would love to give them a try!

  38. I like to try different cookies all the time. One of the most interesting that I made was waffle cookies, where the cookie dough is cooked in a waffle maker instead of in the oven.

  39. My favorite cookies are Coconut Oatmeal Raisin!

  40. I love chocolate chip cookies!

  41. Jessie C. says:

    I like raisin oatmeal cookies

  42. What wonderful cookies with that mix of nutty flavors! They sound perfect to have with a cup of coffee or tea. My favorite cookies are macadamia white chocolate.

  43. I love when you do cookie recipes because they are always different than anything I’ve ever tried and they always look so good! We visited Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store in Portland and it was fabulous seeing all the items they offer! My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles.

  44. My favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip, hands down!

  45. I would love to enter! My favorite kind of cookies are white chocolate macademia!

  46. Those cookies look delicious! I love chocolate chip cookies, thanks for the recipe and giveaway.

  47. My favorite cookie is simple shortbread cookie, but at this time of year, I crave pecan tassies and gingerbread.

  48. A favorite cookie is like asking for a favorite child! :P But when it comes to baking, I like to do something simple, yet somewhat ‘nutritious’, so I’d pick oatmeal raisin, walnut cookies.

  49. Anything that has chocolate in it! But mainly- chocolate chip cookies!

  50. My all time favorite cookies are Black and White cookies from a good Jewish deli…

  51. I love soft chewy cookies, or any cookies with jam in them, like hamentashen or lintzer tarts

  52. Since going gluten free my favorite has become almond horns dipped in dark chocolate – they are made from almond paste – I get them at an Italian bakery in Chicago. I have yet to attempt making them at home b/c I try to eat sugar free and vegan and I know they have quite a bit of sugar and egg whites. I save them for special occassions :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway – I have never used hazelnut flour and I would love to!!!

  53. Bethany Jane says:

    My first choice is a soft, chewy, spicy molasses cookie!

  54. Cookies made with hazelnut flour sound awesome. I actually have hazelnut trees in my yard, I wonder if I could make my own flour. I’d say that’s worth trying :D My favorite cookies change quite frequently, but I love these particular cookies with cranberries, coconut and cornflakes that we call Erika’s Cookies. Something about them(and the dough!) is irresistible.

  55. My favourite cookies are either chewy oatmeal raisin, or a crunchy chocolate biscotti for dipping in coffee. These cookies will be perfect for that! Cant wait to try them.

  56. my most favorite type of cookie would be a pecan sandie and then with some chocolate and caramel ontop

  57. those cookies look super amazing! my fave are usually oatmeal cranberry.. but i’d love to try some hazelnut meal ones for sure!

  58. These cookies sound awesome, Faith! I think they’d be awesome as part of a Christmas platter for the up coming festive season.

    My favourite cookie are good ole chocolate chip….home made, of course!

  59. My favorite cookies are pumpkin white chocolate chip. I am definitely trying hazelnut next!

  60. I’m a big fan of cookies in general, but my favorite cookies are oatmeal chocolate chip or peanut butter!

  61. I love ginger snap cookies with crystallized ginger baked into them!

  62. Congratulations on your nooch introduction! It is a serious addiction for me; I’m no longer interested in the manchego and reblochon, raclette and truffled pecorino that sent me into fits of lament in my first vegan years, solely because of nutritional yeast. If you’re interested in experimenting more with ‘cheesy’ concoctions, you should definitely search out the Uncheese Cookbook, by Jo Stepaniak.

    Because at heart my age has not progressed past infant years, I can only handle cookie Dough rather than actual baked cookies! As for a favorite, it’s definitely a tie between gingerbread and any nut butter based dough.

  63. My favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin. Chewy, cinammony, soft and comforting!

  64. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favourite kind of cookies are definitely butter cookies! I’ve loved them ever since I was a little girl when my mom would make them for Christmas every year!

  65. Totally making these cookies with almond meal!! Delicious. I love bobs products. My favorite cookie?? Sugar!

  66. All my favorite ingredients, love these cookies. Looks absolutely wonderful!

  67. Those look amazing! My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles!

  68. Awesome! I love Nutritional Yeast as well – especially with a little flax oil or olive oil over popcorn. I can’t wait to see your dip! These cookies are great – one of my friends just went GF I am passing this recipe on to her for Thanksgiving – Thanks Faith!

  69. I love the “Worlds Best Cookies” our family created this recipe which includes oatmeal, cinnamon, chocolate pieces, dried fruit and coconut! You can add or subtract ingredients if you wish…

  70. My fave cookies are usually chocolate chip…but now I may change that to hazelnut :)

  71. Wonderful cookies! I’d love to have one with a cup of that coffee.



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