Halloween

Easy Gluten Free Halloween Sandwich Cookies

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Halloween Sandwich Cookies by Jen Cafferty

Looking for the perfect easy-to-prepare treat to take to a Halloween party? Or maybe you want to send something special in your children’s lunch?  These cookies are perfect because you can make them as you need them and you don’t even need to bake!  There is no need to make an entire batch.  Just keep the ingredients on hand and prepare a few cookies for whenever you need something cute, creative and delicious to take with you!

My baking life changed for the better when I realized that some of the canned frostings were gluten free (I use Betty Crocker). When they go on sale, I buy a few cans of various colors and flavors and keep them in my pantry.  Most versions are gluten and dairy free but make sure to read the labels carefully before making your purchase.  Of course, it is very easy to make your own frosting, but something about the ease of the can makes it even so much less daunting to make a baked good.  Or in the case of these cookies, assemble a baked good (you don’t even need to bake!). Read More »

Fall Recipes: Gluten Free Carrot Muffin Recipe

In the fall, it’s easy to get fresh, local carrots in the San Franciso area from the grocery store and farmer’s markets. There seems to be something very comforting about muffins and breads flavored with cinnamon. But on a gluten free diet, one is often denied these flavors.

GF Carrot Muffins, by A. Fothergill

Try this recipe which gives you the full flavor and texture of a traditional carrot muffin. Once cooled, top it with a little cream cheese frosting. As a muffin or dessert, this little wonder is sure to please. Read More »

Gluten Free 101: Surviving Halloween

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Halloween can be a difficult holiday to navigate for a gluten-free child or allergic child. Here are some tips for an easy gluten-free Halloween and some great sources for gluten-free Halloween candy.

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Organize a Gluten-Free Halloween Party for Kids
Kids love parties, especially when they can eat all the goodies. Host a party where everything is safe for your child. Carve pumpkins, have a costume contest, and eat gluten-free Halloween treats (such as Halloween Sugar Cookies.) Inexpensive party supplies and art supplies can be purchased online at www.orientaltrading.com. Read More »

Gluten Free Candy for Halloween

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Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start stocking up on all those sugary sweets we all love. Goodies come in all shapes, sizes and ingredients labels.

There are so many candy lists on the web that there can be some conflicting and confusing results when you Google “candy gluten free”. Half of the lists are out dated and the forums contain as many questions as answers. halloween_candy(2)

Never fear, answers are here! After looking around (a lot) I am ready to deem the Halloween Candy List on Sure Foods Living to be the most informative and up to date listing available. Read More »

Gluten Free Caramel Corn Recipe


gluten_free_caramel_cornHomemade caramel corn is buttery, crunchy, sweet and best of all it’s naturally gluten free. And it’s so buttery fresh, a quality hard to find in a can or bag! If you like, use organic popcorn, butter, sugar and agave syrup for an extra special treat.

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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Gluten Free Ginger Snaps

I’ll be posting great ways to make your holidays full of delicious food all while keeping it gluten free. Enjoy!

gingersnaps_kaitlinflemingAlso, Mariposa Bakery has opened its doors at their new location at the South Entrance of San Francisco’s Ferry Building—great baked goods to go!

Ginger Snap Cookies

What you will need:

1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar, plus some for rolling
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
1/2 cup tapioca flour Read More »

Gluten Free Halloween Rice Krispy Treats

gluten-free-halloween-rice-krispiesMy family will be making these classic treats for many occasions.  The kids LOVE helping to make these sweet treats and they couldn’t be any easier.  4 ingredients and you are done.

5 Tablespoons butter or non-dairy butter (we use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
1 bag of 40 marshmallows
7 cups of Gluten Free Rice Krispies (Kelloggs are NOT gluten free.)
Icing or Frosting for decorating

In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the marshmallows and stir until melted.

Slowly add the cereal and stir until combined.  Transfer to a spray-oiled 9×13 pan.  Press into the pan.  Allow to cool and then cut into pieces.  Decorate if desired.

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Author Information: Jen Cafferty, Chicago, IL
Jen Cafferty, Founder, The Gluten Free Cooking Expo
Websites: www.gfreelife.comwww.glutenfreeclasses.com
Blog: http://www.glutenfreeexpo.wordpress.com

Gluten-Free Beers and Ciders for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! Celebrations all around, and parties abound, but regardless of your reason to have a gathering, if you or one of your party guests is gluten free, make sure you have plenty of beverages available that are not only safe to drink, but are as delicious as the rest of your drink options.

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