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Cappuccino Cookies

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Cappuccino Cookies are for you if you like chocolate chip cookies, coffee and cinnamon. I happen to love all three.

I make these Cappuccino Cookies only at Christmas. They are baked on a baking sheet then brushed with a sweet cinnamon glaze and cut while still warm. I take the time to cut them into little diamonds so they look a little fancy. Some might call this tedious but for me part of the tradition is that I get to sample all those edge pieces that didn’t make a full diamond.

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Gluten Free Cookie Baking

If you are looking for some tips to improve your baking have a look at my recent blog post Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies. 

Some gluten free flour mixes will work some of the time but a cookie flour mix is more reliable. It is important to remember that there is no single correct combination to use. In my kitchen my homemade Gluten Free Flour Mix recipe doesn’t work well as a one-for-one substitute for wheat flour in cookies. But I am learning now that this Cookie Flour Mix recipe does…so far that is.

Gluten Free Cookie Flour Mix

If you like to mess around with recipes whip up a batch of this flour combo and give it a try. Brown rice flour and ground almonds (or almond flour) are excellent in cookies. This recipe yields one cup but it is the same ratio of gluten free flours that I used in these Cappuccino Cookies .

  • -⅔ cup brown rice flour
  • -3 Tbsp potato starch
  • -1 Tbsp + 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • -¼ cup ground almonds
  • -¼ tsp xanthan gum

No I’m Not Kidding

Because of these precise measurements you will see in the recipe an amount like ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp + 2¼ tsp of potato starch. As I work with gluten free flours and share what I think is helpful information I look at this and think, ‘you’ve got to be kidding’. But the answer is, welcome to gluten free baking. If you want amazing cookies that’s what it takes. So either make a batch of cookie flour (I made the above recipe X4) or make all the precise measurements. When you are eating these cookies you will get it.

Cappuccino Cookies
Cappuccino Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Storing Cookies For Freshness

Gluten free baked goods go stale more quickly than items made with wheat flour so here are two tips for keeping your baked goods fresh.

  1. Double wrap cookies as soon as they have cooled.
  2. Use xanthan gum. America’s Test Kitchen makes this recommendation in both of their books, The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook and Volume 2 The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. They spent a lot of time figuring that out so I believe them.

Of course you can simply eat all the cookies in a day or two and ignore the storage step completely. I’d love to hear about that in the comments below.

More Holiday Baking

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies right out of the oven
Gingerbread Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Festive Nanaimo Balls or Nanaimo Bars

Gluten Free Nanaimo Balls decorated with crushed candy canes.
Gluten Free Nanaimo Balls -photo credit Jim Little

Holiday Pavlova

A rectangular Holiday Pavlova filled with cream and fresh strawberries, raspberries and kiwi fruit.
Gluten Free Holiday Pavlova -photo credit Jim Little


1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp instant coffee, finely ground
1 tsp vanilla
1½ cups brown rice flour*
¼ cup + 2 Tbsp + 2¼ tsp potato starch*
3 Tbsp + 2¼ tsp tapioca starch*
½ cup + 1 Tbsp ground almonds*
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp salt
1 package (10 oz/300 g) semisweet mini chocolate chips
*(2¼ cups cookie flour mix)
1 Tbsp butter, melted
¼ tsp cinnamon
¾ cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp milk


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with parchment.
In a stand mixer beat butter, sugar, instant coffee and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Whisk until evenly mixed.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients until combined.
Add chocolate chips then press dough into prepared baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the dough is just beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Pour glaze on top of warm cookies and brush evenly over the entire surface.
While the cookies are still warm and before the glaze sets cut the cookies into bars or diamonds.
I use a long ruler and a knife to make marks across the pan 1-inch apart. Then cut the entire tray in 1-inch strips in one direction. Make a single cut on the diagonal across the pan. Using the ruler make 1-inch marks on both sides of the diagonal. Following the marks cut through the cookie creating diamond shapes. Let cool completely.
For maximum freshness double wrap any cookies you are not serving within two days.
In a small bowl combine butter, cinnamon, icing sugar and enough milk to make a thin glaze. Set aside until ready to use.


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