Did you know February is also National Cherry Month? I didn’t either!!! But glad it is because I get to bake with fresh cherries!! While this post is sponsored by Wayfair this delicious cookie recipe is all mine and is gluten-free, dairy-free, & flourless!
Don’t underestimate a powerful gluten-free cookie. First, you’ll never know (unless someone tells you) that these cherry-almond cookies are gluten-free (what’s gluten anyways!!!). Cherries are considered a superfood that are naturally good for you (see bottom of post for more info on this precious fruit), whether they are fresh, canned or dried. But, I would stick to fresh if at all possible. Almond butter and almonds are just as good for you and are available any time of the year, so. So go ahead and eat more than one!!
Have you every baked with fresh cherries? If so, you’ll know that they are a messy fruit. The juice got in my fingernails and stayed there for about 4-5 days. Learned my lesson there – I’ll wear gloves next time I go to chopping them up.
AND just because there’s no dairy or flour…not even gluten-free flour, doesn’t mean these cookies have no taste….they do…and it’s sweeeeet!! You could probably get away with reducing the sugar a little and still have the great sweet taste.
Gluten-Free Cherry-Almond Almond Butter Cookies
Makes 2 dozen chewy cookies
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.
- if you are opening the jar of almond butter for the first time, be sure to stir all the way through to the bottom until the oil is mixed in perfectly.
- In medium bowl, add almond butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt and mix by hand until well blended.
- Drain any juice from cherries or pay dry, then gently add in cherries and stir.
- Stir in sliced almonds.
- Shape dough into medium balls and place 12 on parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 in. apart. Repeat for the other 12.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes for chewy cookies, longer if you like your cookies a little crisp.
- Let cool on baking sheet 5-10 minutes. Ready to eat – Enjoy!!
With this recipe being gluten-free, dairy-free and flour-free means only one thing….you can eat as many as you want!!!
And…for cute containers to hold your cherries, be sure to visit Wayfair soon – you’ll find so many items that you can use in all areas of your home and beyond!!!
For my other gluten-free desserts check them out here – Gluten-Free
Here’s some information I found out about fresh cherries:
Like I said above, cherries are naturally good for you because of the nutrients they have in them (google it some time and read all about how this superfood can heal). The fresh cherry growing season is short, so you’ll want to grab some off the shelf early and freeze them. But before you do, remove stems, wash and pat dry.
You’ll want to look for the ones that are plump, shiny and firm with green stems. Avoid the cherries with no stem and the soft and bruised ones. I found out that the darker the cherry, the sweeter they are. I had some that were a brighter red and they didn’t taste as good. AND, the darker ones were juicier.
Did you know that you’re not suppose to wash fresh fruit until you get ready to use them or eat them? Yep, I’ve read and heard it more than once to always refrigerate fruits (and veggies) unwashed – same goes for cherries.
Another thing, not sure about the fruits you buy, but the ones I buy seem to always keep longer than a week in the refrig – which goes against what I’ve read.
Don’t forget when chopping up cherries, the juice WILL get in your fingernails and stay there forever no matter how many times you wash your hands…so wear gloves and use a sharp paring knife to remove the pit and chop.
Cherries are not just for desserts, you’ll want to add them to salads and main dishes too.
And, one more – frozen cherries make a great summer snack!! Can’t wait for summer now!!
I want to thank Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to bake with cherries!!!
So, that’s a little about cherries I thought was interesting, and I hope you did too. Do you have anything to add to this info? I’d love to hear it. Have yourself a Happy Cherry Month.