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Lectin-Free Cookies for Christmas. One Dough, Three Ways to Use It

Lectin-Free Cookies for Christmas. One Dough, Three Ways to Use It

Christmas is 10 days away and I know my mom will make all the traditional holiday goodies and I’m motivated to create healthier versions, so I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything. Actually, after making these lectin-free cookies, everyone in the family tasted and loved them, so I’ll make sure I make enough for everyone. I can’t even believe it: for people who choose to eat everything and anything, these sugar-free, gluten-free and lectin-free cookies are delicious. And not only they are tasty, but they cover all our food heritage spectrum and more: rugelach (Romanian but also Jewish), Hindbærsnitter, a traditional, much loved Danish dessert for my husband, and some more famous thumbprint cookies.

When I make cookie dough, I love to use it in more than one way, so I decided to make three types of lectin-free Christmas cookies, to make everyone in the family happy. I used the same dough and the same filling just changed the presentations.

NOTE ON QUANTITY: This quantity of dough will make eight rugelach’s, four Hindbærsnitter (which are quite big compared to the other ones) and three thumbprint cookies. Enough for a small family for Christmas, but you might want to double or triple the quantity.

The preparation of the dough is very simple. Just mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Then you need to let it rest in a cool place for 30 minutes, and after that, you can play with it. This so far is one of my favorite doughs, and it seems like it can be used in many ways, so feel free to use your creativity. I haven’t tried it with coconut oil instead of butter, but I have a feeling it will work. If you try, please let us know.

For the Romanian part in me, the rugelach (‘cornulete cu gem si nuci‘ in Romanian) was a must; that’s in fact what I wanted in the first place. While I’m very happy with how they came out, they are a little more tricky to put together, as the dough will crack from place to place. You need a little bit of patience and to handle the dough gently. It will crack but will come together in the end and it will stay in shape when cooked. That’s the moment when I’m really jealous of gluten dough :)). The filling will not run out, due to the ground nuts absorbing all the moisture from the fruits.

The Hindbærsnitter (raspberry slices), a favorite of my husband’s, who is Danish, are pretty easy to put together. One part I skipped was adding a sugar glaze, which can be made with confectioners sweetener and water, and sprinkle some dry cranberries powder or raspberry powder on top. If I find something similar here, I will use this technique for Christmas. Not a fan of the glaze though.

The thumbprint cookies don’t need any presentation, they are pretty popular everywhere. The leftover edges from making Hindbærsnitter were perfect to put these together. Nothing is wasted and you have variety.

For the filling, I used frozen blackberries and ground pecans, and I think next time I might use blueberries or raspberries and walnuts. You can use fresh berries too. I warmed the berries, blended them and mixed them with the ground nuts. The nuts are necessary to take some of the moisture out from the berries and they are what brings everything together. I prefer to slightly toast/roast them before for even more flavor. If you don’t like to feel the seeds in raspberries or blueberries, use blueberries (wild, frozen, preferably).

I chose chestnut as the main flour because of the very fine texture and natural sweetness. This allowed me to only use one tablespoon of inulin powder for the dough (and a little more for finishing) and the final product was sweet enough even for sugar-eating people.


The butter I used is President, the organic version, a plant paradox approved butter from France, but an Italian or any A2 butter will work. Mine was a salted version, so I did not add any salt to the dough, but if you use unsalted butter I recommend you add a pinch of salt, it will bring all the flavors together.

I took many pictures of the process to make it as easy as possible for you. I am a visual person and pictures help me a lot.

LATER EDIT: I made a double batch again and this time I had a cookie cutter, which made things a little more fun. I also replaced the blackberries with raspberries.

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New Lectin-Free, Sugar-Free Christmas Cookies. One Dough, Three Ways to Cook It

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 14
Prep Time: 1 hour Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Delicious lectin-free, sugar-free cookie dough prepared three ways. Perfect for Christmas Cookies.


  • 75 grams chestnut flour
  • 50 grams almond flour
  • 40 grams cassava flour
  • 20 grams coconut flour
  • 20 grams tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon inulin powder
  • 100 grams French or Italian (A2) cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 pastured egg
  • lemon zest of one organic lemon (optional +orange zest)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold water (make sure you have that on hand)
  • more inulin powder for dusting (or you can use any powdered sweetener)
  • a pinch of salt: only if you use sweet butter, no salt added
  • 1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen blackberries)
  • 1/4 cup finely ground pecans or walnuts, toasted



Preheat the oven to 340F (170C).


Prepare a working surface. You will need: a kitchen scale, a food processor, a mixing bowl, a few sheets of parchment paper, a rolling pin, a baking sheet.


Combine all the flours in the mixing bowl and add them to the food processor. Add the inulin powder (or another powdered or fine sweetener, like Swerve), one egg, vanilla and lemon zest and the cold (from the fridge), cubed butter. Pulse several times until everything gets combined. If at this point the dough doesn't come together just yet and looks floury, you need to add 2, 3 tablespoons of ice-cold water, one by one and pulse. When the dough starts to form, take it out (don't over-mix), wrap it in plastic foil and leave it in a cool place. If you don't have an area where is cool, the fridge is ok too, but you might have to wait a little bit to warm before you can work with it again. Since it's winter here, I kept mine next to the window with the window open, for 30 minutes.


While you wait for the dough to be ready, warm the berries you use (fresh or frozen). Add them to a blender and mix well. Combine them with the ground pecans or walnuts, to get a thick paste. Set aside.


When the 30 minutes have passed, take the dough out, cut it in half and put one half back in foil and in the cool place.


With the help of a rolling pin and two sheets of parchment paper, roll out the first half in a round of about 23cm (9 inches) diameter. with a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the round on diagonal into 8 triangles. Add a little bit of the filling at the base of the triangle and carefully roll into a crescent shape. It might break a little bit, but that will not look that bad when cooked (see my pictures) and the filling will not run because of the mixture with nuts that absorb all the moisture.


When done this the crescents, transfer them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes, keeping an eye on them.


While the crescents are in the oven, take the other half out. Try to roll it out into the shape of a rectangular, as much as possible, then cut the uneven edges so you are left with a perfect rectangle. Cut the sheet of dough into six equal rectangles (you can make them smaller if you want, but make them equal and an even number. spread the filling on one side and transfer a second side on top. Repeat with the rest. Bake for about 20 minutes.


With the uneven edges left, you can make three thumbprint cookies. Shape the dough into three balls and press with your thumb in the middle of each ball to make a well. Add your filling (you can top it off, it will not run).


Sprinkle all the cookies with inulin powder when you take them out of the oven.


For a visual guide, please check the post above, it will be very clear what the whole process is. Is not complicated at all, even though I had to explain with many words. You can also experiment with the dough and the filling and make your own shapes and fillings. Store them in an air-tight container, in a cool place, or freeze.

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  • Reply
    December 18, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Claudia, wondering what the measurement of your tonic scoop is, as I’ll be making own blend using the spices listed. So is it 1/4 teaspoon or half a teaspoon?

    Also what type of inulin do you use? Is it made from agave, Jerusalem artichoke or chicory, or…?

    Thank you🧡

    • Reply
      December 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Maria, which tonic scoop and spice mix are you referring to? As per the inulin powder, the one I have access to here is chickory.

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    December 18, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    oops, my bad! Reading too many different cookie recipes and I thought the tumeric tonic powder was for this cookie. and now of course I can’t find the recipe that mentioned it…haha

    Thanks for the info on the inulin

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      December 19, 2020 at 6:38 am

      Haha, I used it in a few recipes, so not sure which one you are referring to. Maybe any of the carrot cakes? One scoop of turmerci tonic was about 1 tablespoon, maybe a little less. xx

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    Erin Wittrig
    December 8, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Claudia, The website will not allow me to print this recipe. Can you help? It looks fantastic!!

    • Reply
      December 9, 2022 at 5:02 am

      Hi Erin, the printing function on mobile is not working. We are trying to fix it, but it will take a while. Please, if you can, prin from a desktop, that will work. Kind regards, Claudia

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    December 8, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Claudia,
    LOVE that you get 3 different kinds of cookies from one dough! Reminds me of my grandmother who actually got 7 different cookies from one dough! Question for you: is the egg absolutely necessary? Would a flax egg or just more water work for the dough? Thank you your vegan fan.

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      December 9, 2022 at 5:07 am

      Hi Deepa, I’m sure it will work, but I don’t know how as I haven’t tried. What about the butter? Have you thought about what you would replace that with? In my new book, Everyday Low-Lectin Cookbook, I have a pie crust with butter, but without eggs, which works pretty well. Claudia

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    January 6, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    These cookies are yummy love the flavor, first time I ever used chestnut flour and was skeptical being that it is so pricy.
    I was not sure when you wanted to vanilla and zest to go, in the dough or in the berry filling? I looked and looked but did not see a reference to it. I used frozen blueberries and pecans. Thank You for sharing
    I give these the highest stars 🙂

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      January 7, 2023 at 3:43 am

      Hi Grace, so happy you loved these cookies. I love chestnut flour and use it in so many recipes. The lemon zest and vanilla go into the dough; thank you for pointing that out. I guess I forgot to add that point. I just edited it now. xx

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