GLUTEN FREE KLAICHA- DATE FILLED COOKIES
Gluten Free Klaicha- Date Filled Cookies
Klaichas are a national treat from Iraq. Traditionally, they press them into special moulds similar to tabis, but I just press them with the prongs of a fork. I have used Rapadura sugar to sweeten the dough, and using rice, tapioca and buckwheat flours to make these treats gluten free and more like shortbreads. You could also use some sorghum flour instead of some of the rice flour. That works really well too. I have also made some yummy versions using almond flour, which is a more nutritious alternative, but I found it a bit overpowering for Klaicha, and was too much of a departure from the personality of the original cookies. Now, these are not the most healthy blender recipes I have posted! Julia Child and her “you can never have enough butter” approach found its way into my kitchen with these. But, you just can’t make really delectable shortbread without the magic of butter. But they are tiny – Yes! We will tell ourselves that as we surreptitiously grab for a second or third; or dare I say it, fourth! I challenge you to stop at just one! These cookies are gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free and nut-free; and are downright spectacular.