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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip and Spice Cookies #FoodnFlix

Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla is our host for our monthly film inspiration at Food n Flix.  The idea behind Food n Flix is to watch a movie and gain culinary inspiration from it.  The Taste of Spice, this month's film, was full of wonderful inspiration.  Camilla's summary of the movie is A Touch of Spice is a story about a young Greek boy growing up in Istanbul. His grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. Upon leaving reuniting with his grandfather, three decades later, he realize that his own life need a touch of spice!

I loved this movie but I did find it difficult to rent. I ended up going to my public library and opening an account so I could have access to a wider variety of movies to rent.  That turned out to be a good thing!  For me this movie had a lot of similarities to My Big Fat Greek Wedding (which I loved) and I loved that I recognized some of the elements of Greek film.  In the movie the older Greek men are constantly talking about the "root" word in Greek means....  

The movie had a lot of lovely quotes that I want to remember...

"Cinnamon makes people want to say yes."
"Our lives need salt occasionally."
"Weddings without music are like relationships without arguments."
and my favorite: "Desserts are the epilogue of the fairy tale."

So, I focused on a simple dessert, one that wouldn't take the focus off the main meal, but that a good amount of spice.  I am eating gluten free, so I kept that in mind for these cookies.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip and Spice Cookies

1 1/2 c almond flour
3 packets stevia
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t cream of tartar
2 t Penzey's Cake Spice
1/4 t salt
1/4 c butter, melted
1 t vanilla
1 egg
3 T sugar free chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350.  Line cookie sheet with parchment.  In a medium bowl, mix flour, stevia, baking soda, cream of tartar and cake spice.  In a separate bowl mix together butter, maple syrup, vanilla and egg.  Combine and stir together.  Add chocolate chips and stir.  Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. Scoop 1" balls of dough on the cookie sheet.  Place 2" apart.  Bake for 8 minutes or until the tops are firm and dry.  Remove from oven and cool completely.  

Makes 1 dz cookies

The texture is definitely different, a little "grainy" but a lot like oatmeal cookies.  They are chewy and very satisfying! A quick nutritional calculation shows these cookies at about 100 calories each and 8 carbs (4 are sugar.)  Not bad for a treat!

See the movie, make some spice cookies and come back here and tell me about it.  Join us next month for our Food n Flix movie!

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  1. Mmmm! Love me some delicious cookies. These sound super good and I like that this is more than just the recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips :)

  2. Love cookies! Never tried gluten free before! I'd give them a try - looks soft and chewy!

  3. This sounds like a movie I would like to check out myself. Your recipe sounds amazing I wish I had a cookie right now to be a taste tester .

  4. Those look really delicious! I haven't tried making gluten free cookies before, but your recipe makes them look very tasty!

  5. I love cookies- and gluten free sound good for me too! I will definitely try this when our company comes next month! Thanks so much.

  6. I would love to add some spice to cookies. I had never thought of doing that before. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I've never actually baked anything with almond flour but it does sound like a great alternative - and the cake spice must make them taste & smell SO NICE! x

  8. This movies sounds so interesting. I've enjoyed films with a focus on cuisine. I'll have to see if I can find this at my local library and then whip up a batch of these cookies for movie night.

  9. Oh these look really tasty! I haven't had any gf cookies before I don't think, but they look really good! - Jeanine

  10. I really need to share this with my aunt. She has celiac disease and has a really hard time staying gluten-free. I know it would be easier if she could make yummy treats!

  11. Gluten free?! Wow, I know someone who would love to try this recipe. They look great.

  12. I never thought of putting spices other than cinnamon in cookies. These sound delicious. I need to limit our gluten.

  13. These looks delicious! I used to be gluten free and it was so hard to find good GF foods. I want to try this out even though I'm not gluten free anymore!

  14. I'm not into gluten free but these sound really good. I'm sure people who are will really appreciate this recipe.

  15. We're not exactly following a gluten free diet at home but I love collecting recipes like this! It's really healthier for the kids and that's what makes me feel compelled to prepare more gluten free dishes for us.

  16. I am always looking for a good gluten free cookies and I love that these are easy for me to bake at home! thanks!

  17. Love those quotes from the movie. I agree that life does need a bit of spice to it. Those cookies look delicious too!

  18. Sounds so good! I don't have any problems with gluten but these ones look yummy enough to try them anyway!


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