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Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

 

gluten free shortbread cookies

It’s that time of year again… when you allow yourself to bake with real butter… and lots of it! At first I was planning to make this recipe with margarine (since that’s what I had), but my mom adamantly informed me that shortbread is made with REAL BUTTER, and anything less is sacrilege. It’s Christmas after all, right? But what if I would rather not gain ten pounds over the holidays? Apparently buttlerless shortbread cookies are not an option. And I’m not sure that eating less of them is an option either… these things seem to call your name from the freezer. Read More »

Gluten Free, Low Sugar Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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gluten free coconut chocolate chip cookies

Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I look forward to the holiday season – visiting family, friends, the exchanging of gifts. And of course there’s the food. When you aren’t hosting your own thanksgiving, it can be stressful to make sure you aren’t getting any gluten in your diet.

I had to call my boyfriend’s aunt to make sure that the turkey was okay for me to eat, and ask about other side dishes being made. But when it comes to dessert, I don’t expect everyone to cater to me, so I will be bringing my own this year.  Normally I make a pie or cake or some sort.  This year, I’m making a simple but delicious favorite: chocolate chip cookies.

These cookies are good for those who are on a gluten free diet or even those following a paleo lifestyle. Most paleo peeps don’t eat grains or Read More »

Gluten-free and Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

Healthful Pursuit - Leanne Vogel

I loved the idea of gifting my homemade cake stands to friends and families for the holidays. (Thanks everyone!)

Thing is – you can’t really give a cake stand to someone without having treats on it, especially if they know that you love to bake.

So I tried to figure out what seasonal recipe I could make for the stands that I could prepare ahead of time, freeze, would appeal to everyone I know (gluten-free, vegan, egg allergies, potato allergies etc), and will stay on the stand with little concern of things breaking.

Tall order, right? Read More »

Gluten-free Biscotti Recipe

Gluten free biscottiThis is often how things work with me. I decide at some point that I want something. Pizza, cookies, a madeleine…and since I’m eating a gluten-free diet, I can’t always go to the store to buy it. Or, maybe I can but it’s not always good.

So it was, that day, when I really wanted a good biscotti. Believe it or not, I’ve never even made them, even with gluten! The next part of the journey began with finding the right recipe.

I wasn’t in the mood for lemon pecan or orange walnut. I didn’t want chocolate either. Cinnamon almond was coming to mind so that’s what I decided to Read More »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Bar Cookies (An Experiment)


Yesterday I mentioned that I was trying something different. I love Elana Amsterdam‘s recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, only I make it with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and maple syrup (the good stuff!) in lieu of agave because I hate agave. But everything else is the same, unless I sub out a handful of the almond flour for coconut flour. This makes more of a dense, soft cookie that doesn’t spread when baked.

I’m the kind of person who usually wants something sweet after dinner, and chocolate should be involved somehow. When I don’t have a healthier alternative, I eat junk. I decided to stop buying junk earlier this year, so I make this recipe all the time.

While eating these cookies, I get ideas. Such as, what would they be like as a crust? Could I make them bigger and really thin, then shape/roll them like brandy snaps? How would they do sandwiched together with chocolate ganache or some other kind of filling? And so on.

Instead of just making more chocolate chip cookies, yesterday I decided to see if I could bake the dough as one big rectangle and make bar cookies out of it. Read More »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe

Gluten free chocolate truffle cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Truffle Cookies Image 2012 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

What makes these gluten-free cookies so good? They are moist and delicious and taste like brownies! But what really sets this recipe apart is the small amount of flour, sugar and butter called for, especially compared to most cookie recipes.

Based on a recipe for “Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt” from Ghirardelli Chocolates, our recipe calls for a healthy measure of chopped walnuts and we’ve omitted the additional sea salt called for in Ghirardelli’s original recipe.

After baking be sure to let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before using a spatula to remove them to a wire rack. Place the cooled cookies in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for an extra chewy brownie-like texture and Read More »

Gluten-Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

gluten free peanut butter cookiesThese delicious, easy-to-make (gluten-free, cane sugar-free, dairy-free) cookies were a sensation when they were first introduced as — peanut butter kisses. They remain a standby today. Instead of topping the dough with a milk chocolate candy, this recipe incorporates unsweetened chocolate into the dough and uses fructose for those of us who do not eat sugar. Both eggs and peanuts are nutritionally dense, providing an excellent source of high quality protein. Chocolate ups the mineral and antioxidant value.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten-free peanut butter
  • ¾ cup fructose
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free real vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz. shaved unsweetened chocolate

 

Equipment

Cookie sheets. Shiny baking sheets work best. Dark sheets need a lower temperature of 350 degrees to avoid browning bottoms.

Process

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream peanut butter, baking powder and fructose. Beat in egg and extracts. Dough should be firm.

Form into 1 inch balls then make desired shapes directly onto ungreased baking sheets.

  • Press with a fork to make flat shapes.
  • Roll into logs.
  • Form bells or other shapes with your fingers.
  • Make an indent with your fingertip, then fill with a fourth teaspoon of a fruit spread or a chocolate drop.

 

Bake 8 minutes depending on oven variance. Be careful not to brown. Allow to cool a few minutes, then remove cookies to wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen depending on shapes.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men Recipe

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Gluten-free Gingerbread Man. istockphotos

This recipe for Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men is adapted from a recipe by Jacqueline Mallorca, “Rice Flour Gingerbread Cows”, featured in her fabulous cookbook, “The Wheat-Free Cook”.

This version is corn free as well as gluten-free and is extra-extra gingery- so cut back on the ginger if you like.

The gingerbread men are decorated with small amounts of Royal Icing and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting but use raisins and nuts for a charming au natural touch. Read More »

Gluten-free Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

For kids and adults, a rolled sugar cookie in a fun shape with colored sprinkles always produces a smile. Rolled sugar cookies can be made any time during the year but why not get ready now with the Holidays approaching? Don’t be discouraged when you see pre-made cookies in the store; this recipe is easy and delicious (and tastes even better!).

This recipe came from this website but there are a few things to make note of: Read More »

Gluten-Free Round Up…Seasonal Pumpkin Recipes

gluten-free-pumpkin-recipesFall is here and that means pumpkins are starting to appear on your neighbor’s door step and in grocery stores, which is the universal signal to start carving and cooking pumpkin. Why is it most of us tend to cook with pumpkin only around Halloween and Thanksgiving?  Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, fiber and it is low in calories, so we should find ways to work it into our diet throughout the year.

Pumpkin is very versatile to cook with, so it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.  This Examiner did a little research for gluten-free pumpkin recipes and was amazed at all of the drool-worthy recipes we found.  Listed below are just a fraction of the gluten-free pumpkin recipes available online.

What is your favorite way to cook with pumpkin?


Pumpkin – General Recipes

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