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{gluten-free} 3-Gingers Snaps!

Snappy cookies with dried, fresh and candied ginger!

Snappy cookies with dried, fresh and candied ginger!

“If you want really spicy cookies, go try those ginger snaps…”

This was said to me last Monday at the Serious Eats 5th Annual Cookie Swap, a fun little shindig with an impressive variety of sweets and some serious cocktails that I was told (but had a hard time believing) were somehow even stronger last year. Of course I didn’t actually get to try anyone else’s cookies (or the gorgeous canelles that Dessertbuzz brought and we were all oohing and aahing over!) because mine were the only gluten-free option of the bunch. I wasn’t going to even label them as such, but did just in case there was another “me” in attendance. When Niko (Dessertbuzz) told me to check out the “really spicy cookies” and I responded, “They’re mine!”, I was rewarded with a happy face standing next to them, noshing away. He’d been trying to stick to a gluten-free diet, and was psyched to find my little plate amongst the gorgeous spread.

So, yes, these are really spicy gluten-free ginger snaps! Continue reading

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{gluten and dairy-free} Chewy Molasses Cookies

Chewy molasses cookies - lots of flavor, no gluten!

Chewy molasses cookies – lots of flavor, no gluten!

I love spicy molasses cookies. They’re like gingersnaps’ saucier big sister.

I made these for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and an online auction Bake Sale for the Philippines, since they travel well and lack the gluten and dairy my swap matches can’t digest.

They’re rather easy to make and have that crackly, sugary top that makes me think of the holidays, for some reason!

They’re also 100% kid tested and approved. I can say that because the tiny little baby friend I had in my apartment the night I was making them gobbled one up. So 1 outta 1! Woohoo! She then got naked and started playing with the silver shakers at my living room bar, so I don’t know if we can trust a 1-year old with a drinking problem, but whatever.

Anyway, they’re delicious on their own, and even better when crumbled into another cookie, sandwiched around frosting or dunked in ice cream. A classic, chewy in the center and crispy at the edges. Yum.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

{gluten and dairy-free} Chewy Molasses Cookies

makes about 40 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 1.5 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 10 Tbsp butter flavored Earth Balance, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup white sugar (plus additional sugar for rolling the cookies)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses

In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk the Earth Balance, 1 cup sugar and egg until smooth, the sugar melting in as much as possible. Fold in the flour mixture. Refrigerate dough for a at least one hour.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment or Silpat.

Roll about 1 Tbsp of dough into a ball and roll completely in white sugar. Repeat to make 12 cookies a tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops crack and the cookies are set flat. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough.

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{gluten-free, vegan} Dark Chocolate Lace Cookies for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Gluten-free, vegan lace cookies

Gluten-free, vegan lace cookies

Every year I say I’m not gonna do any baking events during the holidays.

And then every year I do a few anyway. Because, like today, sometimes you can’t say “no” to making something sweet for a good cause. Continue reading

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{gluten-free} Italian Wedding Cookies (Lemon Cake Cookies)

Cake cookies bursting with lemon and sweetness!

Cake cookies bursting with lemon and sweetness!

There are a few gluten-full recipes I miss from long ago and haven’t yet tackled, and Christmas is the perfect time for playing with them!

Growing up, my Auntie Jo always brought lemony Italian Wedding Cookies to our summer family functions. Bursting with lemon oil and encased in a thin layer of powdered sugar icing, they were a simple cookie, and one of my favorites. I now have Auntie Jo, my cousin Diane and my mother’s versions of the recipe, and the other day tried my own hand at them for a little shindig I was throwing.

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{nutty, buttery, awesome and gluten-free} Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Gluten-Free Raspberry Linzer Cookies - The Dusty Baker (4)

The minute this post goes live my economy flight from LaGuardia will be lifting its wheels off the tarmac and gliding smoothly into the sky, headed straight to Colorado and some of my very dearest friends. But as I sit here in the 11th hour typing this this my bags are not packed, my laundry is not folded, and I have no idea how I’m going to get five day’s worth of liquid medications and toiletries into that tiny quart bag you can take on board. And I’m happy. Continue reading

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