Category Archives: cookies

I need COOKIES

Seriously, cookies. Hello. It’s Christmas for pete’s sakes. We need cookies. Here are some of the links to favorites around here. More posted later?…yeah, stay tuned on that.  I might be motivated to write a whole entire post about “cookie baking day” when you are gluten and egg free… or, I might be busy eating too many cookies, only time will tell.

Sugar cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies 

Snoballs

PeanutButter Cookies

Macaroons

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LIES!! all lies

Here’s a quote from a recent interview that I found here : “If one has celiac disease, that pretty much means no bread, pasta, cake, pie or cereal. No cookies or crackers or candy. No sauce, dressing or breading”

 W HA  T~!!!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? no. A thousand times no!!… there is no way on this planet that I am going without cookies. And there is no way on any other planet that I am raising my child without cookies. No. I refuse.

Why does this stupid line about “no bread, no cookies” get repeated endlessly. Why are they “dumbing down” the explanation for celiac?  It’s not as simple as “avoid bread”. geez.

If you are gluten intolerent, then don’t eat wheat(or products that contain gluten). Simple. But that doesn’t mean you have to go without bread or cookies!!! Far, far from it.  There are beyond adequate replacements that are completely accessible, and no, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Geez Louise.

If you feel like crap, stop eating crap. Pay attention.

And if you want a safe cookie, then bake it, or find one on the internet and order it, or just buy them off the shelf at the market down the road. They are out there, and they are delicious. You might have to (god forbid) plan ahead a little more than grabbing a pack of Oreos off the shelf at the gas station when you are feeling snackish, but come on.

:::sigh:::: Give me strength.  I may need to rant a little longer… completely ridiculous.

 

 

Brownies for breakfast

Breakfast of champions. 

I decided that I needed brownies for breakfast, I mean really?, who doesn’t.

Went with the Menehune Brownie recipe from the files and ramped it up a little bit by adding some baking powder for more cake like appearance. They are delicious. Try some.

  • 1/2 C potato starch
  • 1/4 C brown rice flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 6 T cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C palm shortening
  • 2 eggs <replaced with flax and hot water>
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Bake at 350 in mini-muffin tins for 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. 

GF Rice Krispies- FOUND!

yep. They are as good as I remembered.

aaaaaah. Rice Krispie Treats are safe again.

 

Spongebob is Gluten Free

Hello. Cookies? Yes please.

This recipe (HERE) is my standard sugar cookie recipe, works great for cut-out cookies. I got the cookie cutter in the baking section of the hobby store, but you could use  a square cutter, really, or just cut the dough into squares really quickly with a pizza wheel just as easily.

We used canned frosting for this project, thank you Betty Crocker

====Q: Is Betty Crocker® frosting gluten free?
All flavors of Betty Crocker Ready-to-Spread Frosting will be labeled “gluten free” this Fall.

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Alrighty then!!

  • 1 canister of chocolate
  • 1 canister of vanilla – 1/2 left white, 1/2 colored yellow with food coloring
  • Chocolate chips for eyeballs
  • mini marshmallows – rolled flat with a rolling pin
  • Chocolate sprinkles as needed for mouths, and eyelashes

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I bought some gluten free cookies in a box (off the shelf)  (at the real grocery store!!) the other day thinking that I deserved a treat. Well, they were expensive and didn’t taste very good at all. So much for that idea.

This recipe is delicious, and looks the same. (HA!)  The only drawback is that I have to plan ahead and bake them myself. Oh well. Since when is eating gluten-free easy?

There are tricks to getting what I want, when I want it though. I speed up the process of GF baking, by pre-measuring the dry ingredients of various recipes that I know I like and will use again, into canning jars and storing them in the pantry for quick pancakes, waffles and favorite cookies especially.

Once everything is added, I make a  list on the jar (with a sharpie marker) of the other things needed to make the recipe.  I also include the baking temperature for fun (don’t ask how I know to do this). Someday I will make printed labels. Yeah, I should do that.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Mix the dry ingredients:

  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C sweet rice flour
  • 1 1/4 C brown rice flour
  • 1/2 C potato starch
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 T xanthan gum
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder

Add the wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 C organic palm shortening- softened
  • 1 T GF vanilla (found at Costco)
  • 1.5 T golden flax meal + 4 T hot water = 1.5 eggs
  • – some amount of filtered water to make the dough pliable – I used about 2 T … your mileage may vary. Add just enough to make the dough stick together, but not so wet and sticky that it’s impossible to deal with.

Make small balls of dough, and roll in granulated sugar. Flatten them out on a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper. They do puff up, but don’t spread out, so you can crowd them on the pan pretty well.

Bake at 325 for 10 minutes

Other: Adding mini chocolate chips is also delicious, and swirling melted chocolate over the top of these makes them pretty fancy too.

 

 

S’mores! Please!

Yep. The pesky summer s’more dilema. The “off the shelf graham cracker” is off limits.. so what to do? what to do. There is a GF recipe that I would like to try.. but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

So for now… I subbed the cracker for a chocolate chip cookie dough base and switched the chips *in the dough* for bits of HERSHEY’S chocolate bar on the top with a 1/4 slice of big marshmallow on top. I added them on when the cookie was hot so it would sorta melt.

The crowds went wild. .. <insert gleeful children here wildly stuffing themselves with cookies> …and loved the idea. YAY! SUMMER

Favs

Shout out to my friends R and C !! who just started the GF life . xoxoxo

Here are the ones that I probably use the most….and I have several notebooks of recipes…lolol

LET THEM EAT CAKE! .. just gluten free cake .. ha!

Wonder Dough ….I use this for everything… pizza, breadsticks, etc

Bread ….real bread? yeah it’s possible. good with jam.

Pancakes!! ….yes please

Brownies …duh!

Sugar cookies ….gotta have these…

so good ..Berry bake, nice for breakfast, or snack.

and be sure to scan through over at the 365! blog ….. lots of that is GF too. Hooray! real food.

Chocolate Pretzel Snack Treats

I have sunk to new lows in making “cookies” but I have to admit, they are cute. So we will just call them chocolate pretzel snack TREATS, and it will all be fine.

  • Melted Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)
  • Glutino Pretzel Twists (gluten free) – (but not corn or soy free by any stretch of the imagination.)
  • Sprinkles (gluten free sprinkles found at Whole Foods)

Melt the chocolate chips. Dip the pretzels in the chocolate and remove with a fork to a waxed paper lined plate. Put some sprinkles across the top of each one.

Place the “cookies” in the freezer to harden.

Sadly, it’s that easy. And I can’t have any because of the soy … but the kids like them. : )

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I scream – You scream

I scream.  You scream. We all scream for ice cream.

Well.. when you can’t have ice cream cones for fun anymore, then what’s the fun of ice cream at all then?Oh sure. You can have it in a dish, or on a plate. But portable food is way more fun. For anybody.

So, then, how to make a gluten free ice cream cone? Pizzelles. Make pizzelles and roll them up while they are still warm. *poof* fun food!

Pizzelles are a wafer cookie, sort of like a really flat waffle. Part cookie, part waffle. Just delicious. If you grew up with the anise flavored cookie, well good for you, but I really like the chocolate version. Especially for ice cream cones. Try one.

The ice cream at our house is “Purely Decadent”- dairy free, soy free, gluten free, egg-free, coconut milk ice cream.

Gluten-Free Ice Cream cones

  • 1/4 C Spectrum brand palm oil shortening/melted
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 3 eggs (substituted with a combination of flax gel, unflavored gelatin, and pear sauce)
  • 1 3/4 C GF flour mixture (brown rice – potato starch- tapioca starch- sweet rice)
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C hemp milk (or more)

Scoop some dough onto the plates of the pizzelle press (yes, you need a new appliance to make these).

Close the cover and lock it. Bake until done. Then quickly roll the cookie into a cone shape and let cool. gfcones-004Chocolate waffle “tacos” are fun too.

These were a huge hit with the people who hadn’t had an ice cream cone in 8 months. : )