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Recipe: Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies of My Dreams by Chef Vanessa Musi

Date Lady Gluten Free Cookies of my dreams by Chef Vanessa Musi

Makes 16 cookies. Gluten Free

Ingredients: 
½ tsp (2 g) sea salt
1 tsp baking soda - at high altitude use ½ teaspoon
1 cup (225 gr) butter, unsalted at room temperature - I love grass feed butter!
1¼ cups coconut sugar
1 egg
1 tsp (5 g) vanilla
3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup gluten free flour - Bob’s Red Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blue Label
½ cup Date Lady Organic Dates - pitted & chopped
½ cup 70% chocolate chopped
cup pecans chopped
1 tsp (4 g) Ceylon cinnamon - optional
tsp (.5 g) nutmeg - optional
g = gram

Instructions: 
1. Preheat oven to 340°F (170°C). Line 2 baking trays with Silpat
2. In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices
3. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and coconut sugar until combined well (the goal is just to blend, not aerate as the cookies  will spread if you do)
4. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add oats and combine. Add sifted flour, mix and stir well. Add Date Lady Dates, pecans and chocolate, mix well.
5. Shape cookies with a scoop (I use a size #24) and place onto prepared cookie sheets. I place 4 lengthwise x 3 crosswise and flatten them out lightly. Sprinkle with Maldon salt. 
6. Bake until golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. They should be soft and chewy in the middle. Note: As they cool on the tray, they’ll continue to bake, so make sure you don’t over bake them!

Variations: I made these cookies with pecans, chocolate and dates from The Date Lady and loved the ‘turtle’ combination. I also made a mix of yellow raisins, dates, dried apricots and added 1 tsp  ‘unpumpkin’ pie spice from The Raw Spice Bar to the cookies, instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg, and they were amazing!