Tag Archives: Desserts

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 »

Gluten Free Spiced Apple Cakes

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When I heard that Gluten Free Works were encouraging bloggers to contribute recipes for Halloween/Fall it set me to thinking about some apples that I needed to use up.  They had been given to me by a fellow gluten free friend on a recent visit and I wanted to do something with them other than make crumble.

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The best kind of gift

 

I have an apple cake recipe that I always use but I wanted to try making smaller cakes, spiced with the flavours that invoke thoughts of Christmas/Thanksgiving and the warm flavours that we love to wrap ourselves in as the weather turns colder.

I have only recently discovered that my pressure cooker is the best thing to use when Read More »

Gluten-Free Halloween Party Ideas and Recipes

 

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Gluten Free Halloween Table

If you have ever been in a social situation and can’t have the food around the buffet table, whether it’s related to allergies, religion or weight loss, it can be quite difficult.

 

What if it was the other way around? Imagine arriving and being able to eat everything! I thought it would be useful to create some ideas for gluten-free occasions (after getting some great advice from Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy). So here is my first holiday list: Halloween.

 

Maybe you are the host and you are getting ready for a ghoulish party. If you need to plan it around one or more gluten-free eaters, you might need some ideas beyond hummus and rice crackers or tortilla chips with guacamole.

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Gluten free pumpkin muffin with pumpkin cream cheese frosting

When you are doing your planning, think about the items that you can’t eat when you are gluten-free: bread, crackers, pretzels, pizza, cookies, cakes and cupcakes, doughnuts. Today, there are many options for all of these items. Of course, if you are the one hosting, you will have much more control. That’s my plan this year; delegation! And, even if you aren’t gluten-free, you can use the ideas below to plan your own party.

If you are the host and not the one with the sensitivity, make sure you understand the needs of your guests. Someone with Celiac disease looks at gluten as seriously as someone with a peanut allergy. Gluten can be in ketchup and bbq sauce and is almost always in 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 Pumpkin Doughnut “Hole” Recipe

 

 

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(c) 2011 Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten-free pumpkin doughnut “holes” are easy to make using a mini muffin pan. This recipe is baked, not fried but these delicious pumpkin-rich pastries are anything but fat-free. The warm mini muffins are dipped in melted butter and rolled in spiced sugar.

This recipe was adapted to gluten-free diets from a recipe for “Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins” by DeeDee Stovel which appears in her terrific cookbook, Pumpkin – A Super Food for All 12 Months of the Year.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 48 doughnut “holes”

 

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Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

 

Gluten free chocolate pudding

2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

Here’s a very easy make-ahead recipe for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix. Keep a jar on hand for a fast kids-favorite dessert, after-school snack or lunchbox treat. Use your favorite dairy-free milk in the recipe. I used canned gluten-free coconut milk which makes a really rich-tasting pudding.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • For the pudding mix:
  • 1 cup Dutch-Processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch Read More »

Classic Gluten-Free Fruit Salad

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss   

Gluten Free Fruit Salad
Gluten-Free Classic Fruit Salad 2011 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

This colorful fruit salad is a gluten-free version of the classic fruit salad recipe based on cooked pineapple juice dressing.

This is the recipe that we all loved as kids. It’s sweet, creamy and the tangy pineapple dressing is delicious.

The recipe serves a crowd of 12 (or Read More »

Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Brownie Hearts

Photo 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

Use this delicious recipe for homemade gluten-free brownies to make special heart-shaped brownies for a Valentine’s Day treat. If you’re short on time, use one of the great gluten-free brownie mixes on the market, like Gluten-Free Pantry® Chocolate Truffle Brownies.

 Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes Read More »

Classic Individual Gluten-free Cherry Pies

 

There is no time like the present, so don’t let another day pass without having tasted this cherry pie! It’s my Marilyn Monroe…my classic.  Enjoy!

Pate Brissee (Short Crust)

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tapioca flour

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup +2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour

¼ cup sorghum flour

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons guar gum

1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted cultured butter, diced

3 eggs beaten Read More »

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