Gluten Free Spritz Cookies Made by Hand

These gluten free spritz cookies are popular in Scandinavian countries during Christmas time. You can even make them with a device. They are a butter cookie either made using a cookie press, pastry bag, cookie cutter, or handmade shapes. Not having a cookie press myself, yet, and since the dough was too thick for a pastry bag, I chose to experiment with different methods of joining balls of cookie dough together to make my gluten free spritz cookies. I was hoping this would help those who cannot afford a cookie press. I created 1/2 teaspoon balls of dough, either using 5 or 6 balls, and filling the center with the same size or smaller balls. I found the smaller balls, close together, work best, seen in the cherry filled cookie in the photo below. Of course, the traditional version is not gluten free, however, just replacing the flour for gluten free flour and starches, and adding a bit of baking soda and xanthan gum results in great gluten free spritz cookies. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Spritz Cookies Made by Hand”

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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In making gluten free gingerbread cookies, the trick is to have a very stiff dough and chill the dough to prevent spreading during baking. This dough is high in starch, making a soft (a bit chewy) cookie. If you like them crispy, I suggest using a higher rice flour to starch ratio and skip the baking powder. I chose to make a softer gluten free gingerbread cookie because my survey on Facebook resulted in more soft than crispy votes, and I cannot resist a soft or chewy cookie. I hope you enjoy this gluten free gingerbread cookies recipe. You do not need to be an artist to decorate them. I am certainly not. Yet they taste just as good. They are so fun to make. Have some fun today and get started. My great nieces and nephews loved them! Continue reading “Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies”

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

My first thought when seeing these gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies was, “Got milk?” And then when I tasted them, my first thought was “OMG! – to die for!” My second thought was “Got milk?” They are chewy, right out of the oven and crisp up a bit upon cooling. And since this gluten free cookie recipe does not call for milk, it is completely dairy-free, if using dairy-free chocolate chips. For those with peanut allergies, substitute the peanut butter for almond butter, or the nut butter of your choosing. For nut and peanut allergies, substitute it with Sunbutter. It’s made of sunflower seeds and makes a great peanut butter replacement. These cookies will surely please all! Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”

Gluten Free Milano Cookies

I have been craving gluten free milano cookies, but of course, they don’t make any. I found a regular recipe for a knock-off milano cookie on Top Secret Recipes’s website. I knew that using regular (not superfine) rice flour would create a crunchy cookie, but I just cannot stand the gritty texture. I was able to convert it into gluten free milano cookies without the grittiness by using sorghum flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. Though sorghum doesn’t have a pleasant color, if the use of lemon extract provides more of a yellow color, just like milano cookies. And if you use clear vanilla it will even have a closer to milano cookie color. They came out great! I filled them with a cooled thick chocolate ganache frosting that I already had left-over in my frig (recipe below). Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Milano Cookies”

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars Without Coconut

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars without Coconut

With the hot weather we’ve been having, I thought I would make a no-bake dessert. Nanaimo bars are a Canadian treat. I substituted the traditional packaged pudding (or packaged pastry cream, depending upon brand) with gluten-free cream cheese (just 2 tablespoons). You can always use your own homemade custard. Mothers and grandmothers used to make these for their kids beginning in the 50’s and 60’s, and some still do. I made them without coconut, due to food allergies. Shredded coconut is usually used in the bottom layer. I substituted coarsely chopped almond meal. You can use regular. I just ground my own. This is a special treat that everyone can enjoy because you can change ingredients fairly easily to allow for food allergies. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars Without Coconut”

Gluten Free Cookie Recipe: Pear and Walnuts

Gluten-free Cinnamon Walnut Cookies

Wanting to experiment with new gluten-free flours and grains, I picked up some of Bob’s Red Mill organic amaranth flour and amaranth grains to create a new gluten free cookie recipe. I have been wanting to find a healthy snack besides premade protein bars, and amaranth (a seed) is rich in protein (15-17% by weight). Compared to other grains, it is the richest in lysine and the highest in fiber (3 times wheat). It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals. Continue reading “Gluten Free Cookie Recipe: Pear and Walnuts”

Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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I am making a Christmas package full of homemade baked goods for a family member and will be shipping it soon. I decided to make gluten free oatmeal cookies for him, even though he is not on a gluten-free diet. I am sure he will not be able to taste the difference in this recipe. He does not like overly sweet baked goods, as do I. Therefore, if you have a real sweet tooth, you may wish to increase the sugar. That will make them a little chewier, too. Continue reading “Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies”

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies Using Pan Mold

Homemade Gluten Free Shortbread Christmas Cookies

I used my gluten-free shortbread cookie recipe for these gluten free Christmas cookies. I used a cookie form pan that I purchased at my local grocery store, Von’s. They are very simple to make and the icing contains almond extract versus vanilla extract which gives the cookie icing, also gluten-free, more of a whiter color and compliments the almond flour, as well.  I chose not to use colored icing, as I was going for a classy look. I hope you enjoy this gluten free Christmas cookies recipe, as well as the holidays! Continue reading “Gluten Free Christmas Cookies Using Pan Mold”