Gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegan chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe

Fudgy gluten free and vegan chocolate covered cherry cookies.

Chocolate covered cherries remind me of the holidays. This year I am getting a head start on creating my holiday cookie recipes. Beckie at Simple and Easy Recipes FB page, had a request for a gluten free version of the traditional classic chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe and asked me for help. I set to work and here is my version. I hope you enjoy my recipe for gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and vegan chocolate covered cherry cookies. Maybe it will become a classic in your collection of favorite holiday recipes.
Happy Baking,
Nanci

Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie Recipe

Preheat oven to 350f.

Fudge frosting
1 c. chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe’s semi-sweet, they are dairy free)
2 Tbsp. vanilla coconut milk beverage
1 Tbsp. sugar
In a double boiler combine all ingredients. Stir until melted and smooth. Set aside, keeping warm.

Cream together:
1/2 c. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar
Stir in:
1/3 c. applesauce
1 Tbsp. flax meal + 3 Tbsp. hot water (set aside in a small bowl to gel for a few minutes)

In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients:
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1/4 c. tapioca starch
1/4 c. millet flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark. If you use regular cocoa powder your cookies will be lighter brown in color)

20 drained marachino cherries, patted dry.

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients. Stir well. With a medium scoop place cookies onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

Gluten free chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe

Press one marachino cherry into each cookie.

Press one marachino cherry into each cookie. Spoon fudge frosting over cherry to cover completely. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cookies will be slightly firm. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Store with waxed paper between layers. I bet you can’t eat just one! I know that I can’t. Enjoy!

Yield: 20 medium cookies

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