Fall is all about warm fires and roasting chestnuts. I can just hear the song in my mind; “chestnuts roasting over an open fire…..”
These gluten free chestnut cookies take advantage of that rich chestnut flavor. If you have ever wondered what to do with roasted chestnuts, why not try a fun roasted chestnuts recipe?
Chestnuts are mostly carbs. They have almost no protein or fat, but they have a distinctive sweet flavor that is hard to forget. You don’t want to eat them raw because they are somewhat bitter.
If you love chestnuts, here is another recipe to try using chestnut flour: Gluten Free Chestnut Apple Bacon Scones.
Where to find chestnuts:
I am so happy to have found the little boxes of roasted chestnuts at our local Trader Joe’s. Have you seen them in the refrigerated section? Trust me, these are so much easier than roasting your own chestnuts. Trader Joe’s also sells unroasted chestnuts in their produce section.
A local Japanese grocery store, Mitsuwa, sells fresh and roasted chestnuts as well. (Just in case you like your chestnuts freshly roasted and don’t want to do the work :-).
How to roast chestnuts in an oven:
If you decide you do want to roast your chestnuts, this is the easiest way:
- Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
- Get your chestnuts out of the bag.
- Take a sharp knife and slice a + at the top of each chestnut. This is SUPER important so that the steam can be released during cooking. Exploding chestnuts can be dangerous and messy!
- Bake with the + side up on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
How to roast chestnuts over a fire:
This is for the brave at heart. You will need a special basket to roast your chestnuts in. I have this vegetable grilling basket that I like to use.
- Preheat your grill (or start a campfire, fire in a fire pit, or another safe fire.)
- You will want to use a sharp knife and slice a + at the top of each chestnut as described above.
- Put the chestnuts into the grill basket.
- Cook until the chestnuts start to open around the + sign.
Here is what the packaging looks like if you want to buy the pre-roasted chestnuts at Trader Joe’s:
I will be honest, the chestnuts are pretty ugly in their little vacuum packed bag…so I didn’t photograph them closely. (Okay, they look like poop :-), but they taste like a delicious freshly roasted chestnut!)
I first became addicted to roasted chestnuts when we were at our local Japanese grocery, Mistuwa. There is a small stand in front of the store where you can buy freshly roasted chestnuts. The line was always long, but it was worth the wait.
Now you can get that same roasted chestnut flavor without the long lines.
The beauty of these gluten free chestnut cookies is their flavor. These cookies are delicious by themselves, or dip the bottoms in some dark chocolate!
How to grind roasted chestnuts:
I used my Cuisinart Immersion Blender attachment to grind up the chestnuts into a coarse mixture. (This is by far one of my favorite and most used kitchen gadgets. It whips, grinds, blends, and is super easy to clean up!)
You can also use a food processor if you have that. A Vitamix might work, I haven’t tried this method. If you use a Vitamix, you will want to be careful not to over grind your chestnuts into a paste.
You can see the ground texture I used for the chestnuts in these cookies:
It is fine to have some larger chunks of chestnut…it gives the cookies a little texture.
As you can see the dough is on the stiff side. (Sorry about the dark pictures, it is really cloudy today.)
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Feel free to dip your roasted chestnut cookies in dark chocolate. To do this, melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Dip the bottoms of the baked cookies and set onto wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden.
More Delicious Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes to Try:
- Gluten Free Cranberry Shortbread Bars
- Gluten Free Vanillekipferl Cookies
- Gluten Free Nutella Stuffed Linzer Tart Cookies
- Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
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Tools You Need To Make This Roasted Chestnut Recipe:
- Cuisinart, as mentioned above is the best at grinding. I can even make nut flours in it!
- Cookie sheets are a kitchen essential for baking!
- Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Flour Blend is a light flour blend that keeps your baked goods from getting too dense.
How to make gluten free roasted chestnut cookies
Easy roasted chestnut gluten free cookies
- 3/4 cup ground roasted chestnuts
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- 1/2 cup sugar feel free to use less if you plan to dip these in chocolate
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a grinder or food processor, grind chestnuts to medium texture blend.
Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, add butter, vanilla and egg.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.
Drop by scoop onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until done.
Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Optional, dip the bottom into chocolate. I used this Wilton chocolate.
(*This post was updated from a 12/2015 post)
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