Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour

Wanna know how to get boys interested in cooking and baking? Bring out the gadgets. We have a new favorite gadget in the house to add to the fun of our West Bend bread machine, the blender, food processor, and hand mixer – our WonderMill Electric Grain Mill and the boys have given it their stamp of approval. We used it to make our own rice flour, and it was a huge success!

My dad eats a gluten-free diet and it has cured his lifelong problem with eczema. I also struggle with eczema and suspect I am also allergic to gluten, so I have been trying more and more gluten-free recipes to make the hurdle to a totally new diet a little bit easier. And what better way to do that with a delicious dessert?!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour and WonderMill Grain Mill

I adapted this recipe from one at allrecipes.com, and with my audience, I ground 1 cup of rice to make rice flour. I found that 1 cup of rice makes exactly one cup of flour. Easy! Big Bro was fascinated watching the rice go down the mill, and both boys love the sound it made! It was also a great teaching tool to learn about how grains are processed.

Then, I pulled out another gadget – the hand mixer. This one I let Big Bro take for a little test drive, because he’s old enough to understand that he needs to keep his hands out of the spinning beaters. But Little Bro? He had to be kept happy while Big Bro had a little fun, and that was NOT easy!

I used the mixer to cream the butter and sugar and then came the fun of adding the pumpkin to it. Big Bro carefully spooned it out, then both boys enjoyed tasting it. Little Bro had fun decorating his hands, shirt, face, hair, the countertop, bowl, spoon, floor and step stool with some pumpkin, then tasting it, only to make quite a disgusted face! (As fun as this looks, and it was while we were doing it, I did spend a good 30 minutes cleaning up the mess! Then, had to rest my pregnant self with my feet up just to recover!).

(This picture doesn’t even BEGIN to show the mess Little Bro made!)

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour and WonderMill Grain Mill

Then I got Big Bro’s help in stirring all the dry ingredients together (while Little Bro was “stirring” in his can of pumpkin leftovers and happily smearing it all over the white countertop). He stirred the rice flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, all-spice and corn starch. He does this with the utmost diligence, then starts to make “sand piles” out of it where his pretend excavators will dig, and there’s a whole soundtrack to go along with that!

Then, we spooned the dough onto a cookie sheet and baked for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, but not without a thorough job of cleaning the beaters, however. That is an important step in the baking process, especially when the recipe doesn’t call for any eggs.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour and the WonderMill Grain Mill

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour and the WonderMill Grain Mill

And here’s the recipe!

Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour {Gluten-Free}
Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-spice or pumpkin spices
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • ¾ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup butter or shortening, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar or raw sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup of walnuts or pecans if desired

Instructions

  • Stir all the dry ingredients together – baking powder and soda, rice flour, corn starch, spices, and nuts (which I didn’t use).
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add to it the pumpkin and beat again.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring as you go. I did not use the hand mixer, just a spoon.
  • Drop by the spoonful onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet (or even on parchment paper), and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

About Sara @ My Merry Messy Life

I'm a green living, crocheting, writing mama of two boys ages 3 and under with another on the way. On my website (My Merry Messy Life), I offer free crochet patterns and tutorials, articles and DIY projects about green living, family and kid friendly recipes, musings on motherhood and pregnancy, and crafts.
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2 Responses to Pumpkin Cookies with Rice Flour Recipe {Gluten-Free}

  1. Teresa says:

    I tried this recipe and the cookies do not bake…they are so dough-like after 12 minutes I still can’t pick them up. Even after cooling they are unedible. I followed the recipe exactly with no nuts. Please help! I still have batter if you have suggestions to save it somehow….not sure why they didn’t come out like yours…..
    Thanks

    • Teresa Lemke says:

      Finally, got them to actually cook today, to the point I could handle them and eat them. This was my second attempt, and I had to add 1 cup regular flour, 2 eggs and cook them for 24 minutes to dry them out enough to firm. They were great once I got the recipe to work for me, I added dried cranberries. yum!

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