Gluten-free roasted chestnut meltaway cookies

Prep 35 min
Total 1 hour 10 min
Makes 35 to 40 cookies

This month, we’re drawing baking inspiration from Vienna’s charming markets and enchanting Alpine traditions. These beautiful and festive Viennese holiday cookies will fly off everyone’s plates.



2 100-g pkgs
roasted chestnuts
1 1/2 cups
white-rice flour
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 cup
unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp


2 78-g tubes
chestnut spread, preferably Clement Faugier
roasted chestnuts, quartered (optional)


  • POSITION racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat to 350F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
  • WHIRL packages of chestnuts in a food processor until very finely ground (it should look like sand). It should measure 1 1/2 cups. Add rice flour, cornstarch, icing sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse until combined. Add butter and vanilla. Pulse until dough comes together.
  • SCOOP 1 tbsp dough and roll into a ball. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, arranging cookies 1 in. apart. Use the back of a round 1/2 tsp measuring spoon or small melon baller to make a deep indent in centre of each ball.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven until bottoms of cookies are golden, switching and rotating sheets halfway through, 17 to 20 min. If indent puffs up during baking, gently press with the back of the measuring spoon as soon as you remove cookies from oven. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Just before serving, fill each indent with 1/2 tsp chestnut paste, then top with a piece of chestnut. Store cookies in an airtight container up to 1 week or freeze at least 1 month.

Prep tip: To minimize cracking, indent each cookie as soon it’s rolled into a ball.

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Calories 236
Protein 34 g
Carbohydrates 7 g
Fat 8 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 496 mg

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Issue: December 2013

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Photo credit: Gluten-free roasted chestnut meltaway cookie recipe Photo by Erik Putz

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