1 1/3 cups natural cane sugar
2 tsp ground cardamom plus an additional 2 tsp for rolling the cookies
2 cups brown rice flour
heaping 1/4 cup ground golden flaxmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla exract
1/2 cup vanilla sugar** (or more natural cane sugar) for rolling the cookies
1. Combine the 1 1/3 cups sugar, 2 tsp of the cardamom, the brown rice flour, the flaxmeal, the baking soda, and the sea salt in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract until combined. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until a thick dough comes together. It should look like wet sand. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge to chill for an hour.
2. While the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. When the dough is ready, cover a couple of large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla sugar with the remaining 2 tsp of cardamom. Scoop out small balls (about a tbsp) of dough and work them in your hands so that the coconut oil melts slightly and the dough starts sticking together. If you don't do this, the dough will seem really sandy and fall apart.
3. Once you have worked the dough, roll it into a ball, then roll it in the cardamom and vanilla sugar mixture to completely coat it. Put the balls on your lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart because they will spread. If you want, you can flatten out the dough balls a bit at this point with the palm of your hand, but I found I liked the results better when I left the balls intact on the sheet. Bake the cookies for 7 minutes, then rotate the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 7 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are crispy. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for at least 15 minutes before moving them.
makes about 4 dozen medium sized cookies
**to make vanilla sugar, combine 2 cups of natural cane sugar with 2 chopped up vanilla beans in a food processor and pulse until the vanilla beans are well distributed. Sift the sugar to remove any large pieces of the vanilla bean before using.