Posts Tagged ‘cookies’

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #4!

Welcome to the final week of gluten free giveaways in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 24 through Saturday August 29, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 30. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Bakery on Main Maple Multi-Grain Muffin Oatmeal
  2. I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Cluster
  3. Slender Sticks Pomegranate Berry Sugar-free Drink Stick
  4. The Real Deal Real! Veggie Chips Sriracha
  5. Baked Frosted Rice Snacks
  6. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  7. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  8. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  9. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie
  10. Enjoy Life Baked Chewy Caramel Apple Bar
  11. Mostly Myrtle’s Grahams
  12. Pyure Premium Organic Stevia Sweetener
  13. Viki’s granola blueberry almond
  14. Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  15. Enjoy Life S’mores

This is our last giveaway, so be sure to enter, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #3!

Welcome to the third week of gluten free giveaways, with a new giveaway every week in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 18 through Saturday August 22, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 23. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Sam Mills Deluxe Yellow Mac & Cheese
  2. Schar Honeygrahams
  3. Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Apple Blueberry Granola
  4. Soyjoy Baked Whole Soy and Fruit Bar Dark Chocolate Cherry
  5. Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Chia
  6. Goodie Girl Cookies Crunchy Chaos
  7. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  8. Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread
  9. Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Premium Milled Flax Seed
  10. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie
  11. Enjoy Life S’mores
  12. Boska Grillerbags

If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! You’ll have one more chance during the month of August. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #2!

Welcome to the second week of gluten free giveaways, with a new giveaway every week in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 10 through Saturday August 15, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 16. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Baked Frosted Rice Snacks (Ginger)
  2. Kahns Kitchen Granola’s Finest Cinnamon Raisin
  3. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  4. Enjoy Life S’mores Soft Baked Bar
  5. I Heart Keenwah Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Cluster
  6. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  7. Slender Sticks Tropical Punch (sugar-free drink stick)
  8. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  9. The Real Deal Real! Veggie Chips Sriracha
  10. Pyure premium organic Stevia sweetener
  11. Mostly Myrtle’s Grahams
  12. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
  13. Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  14. Viki’s granola blueberry almond
  15. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie

If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! You’ll have two more chances during the month of August – 1 per week. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #1!

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Four weeks of gluten free giveaways with 12+ goodies in each package. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 3 through Sunday August 9. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

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This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Sam Mills Cocoa & Vanilla Cream Cookies
  2. ginnyminis Double Chocolate Happiness Cookies
  3. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  4. Schar Entertainment Crackers
  5. nonuttin All Natural Granola Bar Apple Cinnamon
  6. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  7. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  8. Sam Mills Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  9. nogii Protein D’Lites Chocolate Caramel Bliss
  10. Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar Cranberry Almond
  11. Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Chia
  12. gomacro Macrobar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! You’ll have three more chances during the month of August – 1 per week. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated.

WildFlour Bakery/Cafe: A Gluten Free Treasure

Gluten free bakeries are few and far between – and small, cozy ones where you can see the owner baking behind the counter all day long are even more rare. WildFlour Bakery/Cafe is a gem in Lawrenceville, NJ that you absolutely must visit. With gluten free sweets that are appealing not only to the tastebuds but to the eyes, plus full, creative breakfast and lunch menus AND ready-to-go sweet and savory breads, it’s worth any drive for the luxury of eating completely safe and excellent food in a serenely artistic ambiance.

Let’s take a tour through some of the baked goods and the cafe itself, shall we?

apple danish and earl gray tea

Now this is how to start a fall morning. A hot cup of tea and an apple danish.

apple danish

The gluten free apple danish is sweet, has just the right amount of crispness, and the apples aren’t overcooked. The glaze you see on top is what lends most of the sweetness.

Brazilian cheese puff

This Brazilian cheese puff was something I’d never tried before, but it proved really impressive.

Brazilian cheese puff in half

The outside is crunchy while the inside is airy and the cheese taste isn’t overwhelming, quietly balancing out the pastry and the filling.

napkin holder

The owner of WildFlour Bakery/Cafe, Marilyn Besner, is also an artist. One of the types of art she creates is pottery, and you’ll find her work around the dining room and in the windows. These lovely rustic napkin holders were made by her in her own studio. Isn’t it wonderful how an artistic person can use her talents in so many ways? Jennifer Cohan, Marilyn’s PR agent, was so right when she mentioned the incredible tactile connection between Marilyn’s baking and her pottery: both kinds of art require love, attention to detail, and serious dedication.

apricot mini pie

Isn’t this apricot mini pie adorable?

apple crumble mini  pie

This apple crumble mini pie is a perfect addition to any holiday, gluten free or not – or just because you deserve it!

pecan pie

And who can resist pecan pie? It’s one of my favorites.

tray of gluten free desserts

Look what had just come out from behind the counter while I was there. It was extremely hard to resist picking up just one of each!

madeleines

I tried one of these madeleine cookies and they were bliss. Buttery, soft with crispy edges, and sweet.

pumpkin muffin

What a creative way to make a muffin! This pumpkin muffin has pumpkin seeds on top as well as lightly sweetened ginger. The whole muffin is so moist and light, you can’t tell it’s gluten free at all.

rugalach

RUGALACH! How often do you get to eat gluten free specialty baked goods?!

rugalach inside

The rugalach I had was raspberry, perfectly balanced, and the pastry was wonderful.

glazed chocolate oat muffin

Did someone say glazed chocolate oat muffin? Yes please!

homemade granola

WildFlour even sells their own homemade granola for you to take home. Since you already know it’s made in a gluten free facility, it’s much safer than many granolas you find on the shelf.

main dining room

Look at that lovely view in the main dining room. The pottery on the window sill is Marilyn’s own work.

sitting room

Upstairs, there are two more rooms: one with a long table for larger parties, and this one with a comfortable lounge couch. Perfect for the creative mind to run free.

sitting room 2

Beautiful space in the same room. I could sit here and write all day!

chickpea burger

Back to the food. Chickpea burger anyone? Maybe this will be one of the many things you’ll learn to cook in WildFlour’s gluten free cooking classes! Keep your eyes out for them this winter.

bread pudding

This was one of the best culinary moments of my life, which you may have seen on my Instagram. Gluten free bread pudding with homemade caramel sauce and fresh strawberries. I melted into a pile of joy when I tasted this. One of my friends recently got bread pudding at a restaurant and I drooled as I watched him savor each bite. Now I could finally do the same!

chocolate chip cookie

The classic chocolate chip cookie done right. This slightly chewy chocolate chip cookie had just the right amount of vanilla, and the chocolate was quality. I haven’t had a cookie like this since I went gluten free 10 years ago!

macaroon

This is a mix between a coconut macaroon and a meringue. It’s light and fluffy with the sweet, sugary taste of meringue on the outside and the shredded coconut on the inside. Fantastic!

ginger nut cookie

I didn’t get the name of this cookie, but it’s the quintessential fall cookie. It tastes like maple and spice and nuts. This one is sure to impress at your dessert table with its slight chewiness and just the right amount of sweetness.

cream puff

And finally, a cream puff! It’s just like a regular one – I couldn’t tell the difference. The pastry tastes and feels exactly the same, the chocolate adds just a hint of sweet cocoa, and the cream inside is rich and dense but not heavy. This is another thing I haven’t had since I went gluten free, and WildFlour nailed it.

takeout box

After seeing all these goodies, I’m sure your mouth is watering! So stop in and have a cuppa with some outstanding gluten free pastries or order some in advance for your upcoming party or get-together. Wow all your gluten free friends with this well-kept secret – and wow your non-gluten free friends too! They’ll never know it was gluten free!

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Connect with WildFlour on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You’ll want to see their upcoming cooking classes and events.

Gluten Free Ener-G Cinnamon Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free

One of my favorite homemade cookies is a recipe given to me by an English friend. It’s a cinnamon sugar shortbread cookie that you form into small oblong shapes, bake, then let cool just to the point that you can roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. If you didn’t wait long enough and the cookies were too hot, the mixture would melt onto the cookie; wait too long, and the cookies were too cool to hold the cinnamon-sugar wouldn’t adhere.

Needless to say, between forming dozens upon dozens of small oblong shapes, getting the timing right for the cinnamon-sugar immersion, and then rolling them quickly enough (yet thoroughly enough) so that all two dozen or so pieces are immersed and coated at the same point of cooling – it could be a somewhat hectic and stressful affair.

I haven’t had time to make those cookies in years, but now it seems I don’t have to, because Ener-G has these wonderful cinnamon cookies that taste so close to those English shortbread-cinnamon-sugar cookies that I can get that delightful flavor without all the work. And without all the butter (there was a lot!) or flour either.
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Ener-G’s cookies are light and crisp, absolutely perfect with a cup of tea. They have just enough cinnamon flavor so it’s not overwhelming but carries all the way through, not just in the first bite. And I just love that delicate cookie crunch!

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They’re a little high in calories – 160 calories in two cookies – but still well worth it. You can also crush them and use them as pie crust; the Ener-G website has a few recipes for that.

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How to Make Ginnybakes Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Dairy Free

As you may have seen on Twitter, I recently found a cookie baking mix that is free of tapioca, which is next to impossible to find! It’s ginnybakes chocolate chip love, and it only has 7 ingredients in the mix itself, not including what you need to add. I found it at Whole Foods, and it’s the one that sells out the most from what I’ve seen.

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It’s really great that they have a little list on the back of the box that tells you what you need to have in order to make these. Cookie mix that comes with its own shopping list? Yes, please!

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I didn’t use butter to make these because I’m dairy free. Instead, I simply replaced it with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup coconut (or other alternative) milk. I also sifted out the chocolate chips since their ingredients are not listed on the box. I put in Enjoy Life chocolate chips instead.

Making these dairy free as individual cookies can come out a little bit…flopsy.

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So the next time I made them, I made a cookie cake, and that turned out much better!

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It was very fluffy, great texture, and soooo yummy – perfect! Have you tried Ginnybakes mixes? Did you follow the instructions on the box or alter the recipe? Let me know in the comments.

Keep on living the wheat free life!