Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
Original recipe by
Erin of MeaingfulEats.com

When using any flours/grains, nuts, seeds, etc - make sure they are labeled gluten-free. Gluten contamination of these products are very likely if they’re not produced in a dedicated facility.

To learn more about this, see
Grain-Free for the Gluten-Free

If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.


We have tried a number of sugar cookie/cut out cookie recipes over the years. So far, this is the best one we have found. It’s our gluten-free holiday cookie go-to recipe. Refer to the original recipe for hints and tips for making these.

Cookie Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, ghee, or palm shortening, softened
1/4 cup softened coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (Penzey’s)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (Arm & Hammer)
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour (Honeyville) (scoop and slightly pack it down when you measure it)
1/2 cup coconut flour (Bob’s Red Mill GF)

Frosting Ingredients*:

1/2 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or almond milk

Directions:

Cream together the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar in mixer bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract - mix well.

Combine baking soda, salt, almond & coconut flour in separate bowl - mix well. With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients 1 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition.

Place dough on plastic wrap and form into disk. Wrap dough and refrigerate for 30 min to overnight. Overnight is best.

Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper

Sprinkle coconut flour on clean flat surface. Roll out dough until it’s 1/4” thick. It helps to roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper. If not, coat rolling pin with coconut flour.
Cut cookies with your favorite cutters. Work quickly so the dough stays cold. Use spatula to transfer cookies to baking sheet.

Gather the scraps. Ball, roll, and repeat. If dough gets too warm, refrigerate it again.

Bake for 13-15 minutes - until lightly golden. Baking these longer than typical sugar cookies. This allows the outside to get a little crispy, but the inside will be soft. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Frosting Directions:

Combine ingredients into mixing bowl. Mix with stand or hand mixer until fluffy.

*The amounts listed are approximate. Adjust them until it's as stiff or loose as you like.

Oatmeal Cake


Oatmeal Cake



The original recipe was designed for baking in a microwave. The directions here are for baking in a normal oven.

Most medical professionals say gluten-free oats can be tolerated in limited amounts [up to 1/2 cup per day for adults]. They also suggest restricting oats for one year for those newly diagnosed.

Some celiacs will react to the protein found in oats [avenin], just as they react to the proteins in wheat, barley, rye.

If you choose to add oats to your diet, please make sure they are gluten-free purity protocol oats.

To learn more, please read our
oats article.


If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.

Cake Ingredients:

1 cup of purity protocol certified gluten-free oats (
GF Harvest Oats)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup favorite GF flour blend
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Caramel Topping Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown sugar
6 tblsp butter
2 tblspn milk
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions Cake:

Cook oatmeal and water uncovered until mixture boils. About 3-4 minutes in microwave. Stir once and set aside.

Blend all ingredients well. Stir in oatmeal mixture.

Grease bottom of glass12x8 pan. Pour into pan.

Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes - until toothpick comes out clean.


Directions Topping:

Combine all ingredients and heat. When well blended spread over cake.

Topping may be put under the broiler for a few minutes till golden brown.

Twisted Chipsters

Twisted Chipsters Large

Chocolate Chip Cookie - A new twist on an old favorite.
Original recipe by Laurie Donaldson


This was Peggy's entry for the 2015 Cookie Daze Bake & Taste Contest. She tweaked
Laurie's Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe slightly; replacing some of the almond flour with coconut flour. This helped combat the humid weather we have this time of year.


If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour (Honeyville)
1/4 cup coconut flour (Bob’s Redmill)
1 teaspoon baking soda (Arm & Hammer)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar with 1 tblsp water (consistency of honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla (Penzey’s)
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup chocolate chips (Nestles)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix together the dry ingredients: flours, baking soda & salt.

Mix together the wet ingredients: sugar, vanilla, egg, melted butter.

Combine dry and wet ingredients, then add chocolate chips.

Place tablespoon sized dough balls on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 for 14 -15 minutes or until edges lightly
brown.

After removing from the oven, allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from pan.



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Rhubarb Cupcakes

Rhubarb Cupcake
Rhubarb Cupcakes


Peggy converted
this gluten recipe from FineCooking.com, courtesy of Pinterest…of course.


If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our
Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.


Cupcake Ingredients:

1-1/4 cup
Krusteaz GF flour blend
3/4 cup
Pamela's GF Artisan flour blend
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup sour cream
4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 extra large egg
2 extra large egg whites
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups 1/4-inch-diced rhubarb (7-1/4 oz.)

Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


Directions Cake:

In a large mixing bowl blend together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well with mixer. Add rhubarb and mix to combine. Scoop into paper lined muffin tins. Top with sugar topping and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until top springs back to touch. Cool for 5 minutes in pan then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. Makes about 18 to 22 muffins.

Peg notes: You can substitute your favorite gluten free flour blend. Use sugar topping to your taste.




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GF Funfetti Cupcakes

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Gluten-Free Funfetti Cupcakes


Peggy made 5 dozen of these for a gluten-free baby shower.


If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our
Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.


Note: Be extra careful - Pillsbury also makes a non-gluten-free Funfetti cake mix. Please read the box carefully. The GF version comes in a green box.

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 pkg
Pillsbury Gluten-Free Funfetti Cake Mix (17 oz)
1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (Baker’s Corner - Aldi Brand or Essential Everyday - Festival Brand)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream (Daisy)
1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid state)
3 tblspn milk
1 extra large egg
4 egg whites
1 tblspn vanilla extract

Frosting:
8 oz. package cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups heavy whipping cream (Deans)

Sunny Side Up Bakery Sparkling Sugar (Hobby Lobby)

Directions Cake:

Put all ingredients in bowl. Mix at low speed to combine. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Increase mix speed to medium. Beat for 3 minutes.
Fill lined muffin tin 2/3 full.
Bake in center of oven at 350 for 18-21 minutes
Transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool

Directions Frosting:

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla together until smooth.
In a separate cold bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff.
Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until well combined.
Frost cupcakes any way you desire.



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Laurie's Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies



Laurie's Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is from our friend Laurie at Food For Primal Thought and teacher extraordinaire. If you are interested in learning more about Primal/Paleo lifestyle templates [and some great recipes], take a look 'round her blog. Good stuff! Be sure to check out the Frizzled Spicy Beef.

If there was room on the recipe title bar, I would've used her name for this cookie. I think you'll agree
"Gluten-free Not-So-Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies That Don't Taste Like Crap" is a much more creative [and descriptive] name.

These cookies have the ideal cookie texture for me - crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.


Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups almond flour (
Honeyville - gluten-free certified according to packaging)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar with 1 tblsp water (just enough to create the consistency of honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix together the dry ingredients: almond flour, baking soda & salt.

Mix together the wet ingredients: sugar, vanilla, egg, melted butter.

Combine dry and wet ingredients, then add chocolate chips.

Place tablespoon sized dough balls on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 for 14 -15 minutes or until edges lightly GBD (Golden Brown & Delicious).

After removing from the oven, allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from pan.



Until the next good eats - cook well and be well.

Al


German Chocolate Cake

A friend of ours was throwing a large 3 day birthday-bash. They had a large sheet cake lined up for all the gluten-eating guests, but nothing for herself (the birthday girl).

Our friend asked Peg if she could make a gluten-free German Chocolate Cake.

Instead of standard sized cake, Peg decided to make a doz. cupcakes and this mini-cake.

The cake was a hit! Our friend was so excited she dug into it immediately and shared it with a few other gluten-free guests.

Another gluten-free guest headed directly for the cupcake container after seeing the mini-cake.

Peg is becoming quite the Google Master. She found the recipe in a cake baking forum - without any help from me.



After reading through the forums posts, it appears this recipe is from The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free book by Anne Bryn. The premise of the book is to take ordinary [gluten-free] cake mixes, "doctor them up" and make them better! This is one cookbook we don't have.

Here is the cake recipe and frosting recipe

This mini-cake was made in 4 1/2" tart pans. We sliced the top off of the bottom layer to make it flat.

The rest of the batter went to make cupcakes.

If you are making this recipe for a gluten-free guest, please read our Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination.