Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gluten-Free Secret Kiss Cookies: Flour-Free Family Favorites

You may have noticed that this blog has been relatively sparse in the baking department recently, and that the items that HAVE baked have been made without wheat. This is because I am crazy; specifically, I have this idea that I need to stay away from wheat because of a thyroid problem that I may or may not have. And this idea is, of course, based on information I found on the internet.

Rock-solid reasoning, don’t you think?

Anyway, since my mom wants to be just like me when she grows up (those of you who know both of us no doubt just laughed really hard), she is also giving up wheat in hopes of addressing headaches or something like that. And when she lamented how hard it would be to deal with Christmas cookies while avoiding wheat, I asked her which ones she’d like me to try to make wheat-free versions of, her first request was for Secret Kiss Cookies.

Those cookies we eat at an alarming rate every Christmas, leaving my mom frazzled and stating that she would only make another batch if we peeled the wrappers off of every single Hershey’s Kiss to be used.

This was never a problem for us. Now, however, I had another problem: how to make the dough without flour.

Problem solved. Read below.

Gluten-Free Secret Kiss Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chickpea flour**

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/8 teaspoon salt

30 Hershey’s Kisses (any variety)

**You can spend a ridiculous amount of money on chickpea flour at a specialty grocery store, or you can buy dried chickpeas and run them through your food processor, press the final product through a fine sieve and save yourself a lot of money. You will, however, get quite a bit of chickpea flour in the air, and if you do this around that guy you tried to impress with butternut squash brownies, he will sneeze and probably not be amused. So it goes.

Stir together chickpea flour, cornstarch, nuts and salt, set aside. Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla. Add chickpea flour mixture, stir in until dough holds together. Chill dough for one hour.

Take a one to one and one half tablespoon size of dough and begin to shape around a Hershey’s Kiss.

Repeat until all the Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped in dough.

Bake at 350 ºF for 9-11 minutes, or until cookies are a light golden color.

Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes, then devour by the handful, and pass along to friends who won’t believe that there isn’t any flour in them.

Have you ever done anything in the kitchen that made somebody nearby sneeze (I hope it’s not just me)? What was it?


  1. Aaaand I'm officially hungry. A couple of months ago I was shaking up a protein shake after a long run and didn't get the lid on all the way...I got protein shake ALL OVER the kitchen. It looked like a chocolate bomb had gone off. No sneezing but I felt like a total idiot. Good thing I convinced Matt to marry me a while ago lol.

  2. I make myself sneeze in the kitchen every day. As for others, no. It's just a constant all-out battle to make each other cry with cutting onions. Thanksgiving was a hard one - all those pearl onions!

    Chickpea flour, I'll have to give that a try. Good luck remedying the potential thyroid issue:)

  3. Ah the internet has told me I'm going to die soooo many times (just today I read something online about running and hearts...yikes!) I hope it helps your thyroid. Another thing to look out for if you have thyroid issues, soy. Really.

  4. I can't keep all this gluten/vegan/meatless crap straight. but cookies are delicious!

  5. I am getting better at not diagnosing myself on the Internet... I always come away with some kind of fatal disease or a deadly and rare form of cancer. Not good. When I was younger, I thoroughly convinced myself I had leukemia after reading an article online about it.
    However, you never know, they could be related!
    And these cookies obviously look great...even wheat free :)

  6. These sound amazing. I never thought to actually make chickpea flour before, I'll have to give it a try.

  7. Gah, I powder-choke myself every time I squeeze the air out of my bag of Sunwarrior to close it! EVERY TIME. But I'm not a boy I'm trying to impress, so it's just annoying rather than amusing. Also.... oowah, fella! :D

  8. Wow those look so good and who would think they are flourless? HA.

  9. I could be very happy eating these! I need to try out chickpea flour.

  10. Thank you Victoria, a cookie I can eat. I am her mother and yes, one of these days I will grow up and actually wear shoes in the winter rather than Birkies.

  11. Glad that butternut squash brownie guy is still around!

    We always had Hershey kiss cookies at Christmas too, but just the kind where you stick the kiss on top. Not nearly as exciting and secret!

  12. My sister has a gluten intolerance and this is her first Christmas since her diagnosis. Now I have the perfect gluten-free cookie for her!! :D